Talk: Roussel, Duchamp, Morton

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Talk: Roussel, Duchamp, Morton

October 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Ree Morton’s 1973 ICA commissioned work ‘Sister Perpetua’s Lie’ remains a pivotal project in her career and an important early form of what we now refer to as “installation art.” Like Duchamp’s ‘The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass)’ (1915-1923)—on permanent display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art—Morton’s project was singularly inspired by Raymond Roussel‘s 1910 novel ‘Impressions of Africa’ and will be on view in the ICA exhibition ‘Ree Morton: The Plant That Heals May Also Poison’ when it opens September 14.

Morton is one of many artists deeply influenced by this literary work—the Reina Sofia devoted an entire exhibition to this subject in 2011 and the Palais de Tokyo in 2013. Most recently the artist, poet, and writer Brian Catling published a highly acclaimed trilogy of fantasy novels rooted in Roussel’s colonialist mythology; ‘The Vorrh’ (2015), ‘The Erstwhile’ (2017), and ‘The Cloven’ (2018).


October 27, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Institute of Contemporary Art
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