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MAKING MISCHIEF: DADA INVADES NEW YORK

This fall, Dada finally gets its due as a stateside movement. Curated by Dada scholar Francis M. Naumann with staffer Beth Venn, the WHITNEY’s show will include Duchamp’s Bride Stripped Bare. . . , as well as more than 200 objects by American and European artists associated with the movement on this side of the Atlantic. Along with the usual suspects—Francis Picabia, Man Ray, and, lately, Florine Stettheimer—you’ll also get to see works like Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s Portrait of Marcel Duchamp (feathers and a champagne glass) and a partial recreation of Dada collectors Walter and Louise Arensberg’s apartment, which was the setting for much of the Dada activities in NYC during World War I. This show should confirm what New Yorkers already knew: the City is Dada. Frenetic, absurd, functioning in defiance of all logic. At the Whitney Museum

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