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Chasing Marcel Duchamp Around New York

During his lifetime, visionaire Surrealist, Cubist and Dadaist, Marcel Duchamp took residence in New York many times.  In 1915, after the declaration of World War 1, he fled Europe, moving  into a studio at 33 West 67th Street owned by arts patrons Louise and Walter Conrad Arensberg. The Arensbergs became lifelong friends, and rather than charge him rent for his two year stay, they traded for “Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors”, or what is known as “The Large Glass.” (which is in the collection of the  Philadelphia Museum of Art). This is also where, in 1917, he created the infamous readymade, “Fountain” by writing “R.Mutt 1917” on a urinal. The urinal was a standard Bedfordshire model urinal from the J. L. Mott Iron Works, 118 Fifth Avenue. Duchamp later lived at 2 other apartments before leaving in 1918.

Marcel Duchamp

Studio at 33 West 67th Street

In 1920, he returned to New York and lived at 246 West 73rd Street, bringing the piece “Paris Air” with him, a glass ampoule filled with genuine Paris air. He then returned to Paris until 1942, he then 210 West 14th Street where he kept the studio until he died in 1968. It was here that, using found objects from his walks around the neighborhood, Duchamp secretly constructed “Etant Donnes,” when the public had thought he’d given up art. (It was revealed in 1969, after his death.)

For the remainder of his life, Marcel Duchamp traveled extensively, but kept his home base in New York, first on West 10th and then East 11th Streets.

Duchamp, Rose Selavy

Who: Marcel Duchamp

What: Various residences and studios

Where:

1915-1917, 33 West 67th Street

1917-1918,  34 Beekman Place and 1947 Broadway

1920, 246 West 73rd Street, back to 1947 Broadway

1942, 210 West 14th Street, 5th Floor (kept studio until death)

1959, 28 West 10th Street, First Floor

1965, 80 East 11th Street, room 403

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