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Online Class: Duchamp and Dada

Art in Context / Online

Tuesdays, September 8–29, 1 – 2:30pm*


Marcel Duchamp with his readymades Bicycle Wheel and Fountain in 1961 (detail). © 2020 Association Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

*We encourage you to watch the lectures live, but classes can be streamed anytime after the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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About the Class

Few artists have changed the course of art history the way that Marcel Duchamp did. Championing “anti-art” as a critical, cynical form of expression, Duchamp and his contemporaries from the broader Dada movement refused to play by the same rules—or even with the same materials—as the painters and sculptors around them. They questioned the very nature of art and how it should function in a modern society following the devastation of the first World War.


Matthew Palczynski

Palczynski is an art history lecturer, consultant, curator, and educator for academic, corporate, and nonprofit individuals and institutions. He regularly leads museum sessions on innovation at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, teaches art history courses at Tyler School of Art and the Barnes, and presents lectures worldwide for Road Scholar.