1951-1960

  • 1952
    Participates in the filming of Hans Richter's 8 X 8. A visual allegory of a chess game, Duchamp, as a "king", is shown sitting in a tree.
  • 1953
    Two New York exhibitions feature works by Duchamp: The exhibition "Dada 1916-1923" includes twelve Duchamp pieces, and Duchamp produces the poster-catalogue for the exhibit, which is printed on tissue paper.
    "Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia" has five Duchamp works.
  • 1954
    On January 16, Duchamp marries Alexina (Teeny) Sattler in New York.
    The Philadelphia Museum of Art permanently installs the Large Glass after the death of Katherine Dreier, which joins the 47 Duchamp works previously donated by the Arensbergs.
  • 1955
    Duchamp becomes a citizen of the United States.
  • 1956
    Two exhibitions include works by Duchamp: "Dada", at Yale; and "Cubism 1910-1912", in New York.
  • 1957
    In January, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York exhibition "Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, Marcel Duchamp" brings together the work of the three brothers. The exhibition moves to The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston in March.
    The Acknowledgement at the end of the Catalogue reads:
    " In addition to those who have made this exhibition possible through their generous loans, thanks are also and in particular due to Marcel Duchamp. The idea of grouping the work by the three brothers was his. We are also indebted to him for the plan and design of the catalogue as well as the choice of the texts. His advice in the selection of the exhibits and help in assembling them have made the exhibition a realization."
    In April, he delivers the lecture The Creative Act, to the American Federation of the Arts, Houston, Texas. He states "[T]he creative act is not performed by the artist alone; the spectator brings the work in contact with the external world by deciphering and interpreting its inner qualifications and thus adds his contribution to the creative act."
  • 1958
    The Brussels International Exhibition "50 Ans d'Art Moderne" includes work by Duchamp.
  • 1959
    Sur Marcel Duchamp by Robert Lebel, the first French and English monograph on Duchamp, is published in Paris. Duchamp supervises the publication and collaborates with Arnold Fawcus on its design. He also designed a poster promoting the book's premiere.
    Duchamp and his wife Teeny move to 28 West 10th Street, New York.
    Breton organizes "Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme", and Duchamp participates.
  • 1960
    Duchamp is elected a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters, New York.
    Serves as a juror for the exhibition "Painting of the Year", Atlanta, Georgia.
    Delivers the lecture, "Should the Artist Go to College?", at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. He states, the artist "has this para-religious mission: to keep lit the flame of an inner vision of which the work of Art seems to be the closest translation for the layman" (Duchamp Archives, Philadelphia Museum of Art).


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