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“Making Mischief: Dada Invades New York”

Whitney Museum of American Art

Curated by Francis Naumann with Beth Venn, “Making Mischief: Dada Invades New York” was the first major attempt to assemble the works and documents of New York Dada. Over two hundred paintings, sculptures, photographs, magazines, books, and letters by some twenty European and American artists, who participated in that group between 1913 and 1923, filled the third floor of the museum. Well-known works by Duchamp surrounded Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven’s never previously exhibited or reproduced readymade Limbswish, ca. 1917–20. The biggest surprise was the large number of early Man Rays—over fifty works dating from 1914 to 1921—which tended to dominate each of the nine sections of the exhibit. Based on Naumann’s twenty-five years of archival research on these artists, this show represented a painstaking attempt to re-create New York Dada.

The center of the exhibit consisted of a reconstruction

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