Molly Nesbit is Professor of Art on the Mary Conover Mellon Chair at Vassar College. Her books include Atget’s Seven Albums (Yale University Press, 1992) and Their Common Sense (Black Dog, 2000). With Hans Ulrich Obrist and Rirkrit Tiravanija, she has been overseen the succession of Utopia Stations. Along the way, two volumes of essays: The Pragmatism in the History of Art (Periscope, 2013) and Midnight: The Tempest Essays (Inventory Press. 2017).
In Advance of the Broken ArmBy Molly Nesbit
My first encounter with Marcel Duchamps work would have taken place fifty years ago in my art history classes and American art museums, but was that really an encounter with Duchamp? How to know Duchamp? That question underlies all the discussion and always has.