“Between Here and There”

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

If there is any twentieth-century artist whose work has been so thoroughly carved up through such a wild range of readings that you would think no raw meat was left, it is Marcel Duchamp. But a few years back T. J. Demos, in his book The Exiles of Marcel Duchamp, found a theme that made the reader want to reexamine the artist’s entire corpus for signs of what Duchamp himself called a “spirit of expatriation,” a sense of nomadic homelessness that snapped him suddenly into a broader history of the twentieth century’s countless flights, migrations, and resettlements. “Between Here and There: Passages in Contemporary Photography,” organized by Douglas Eklund, associate curator in the Met’s photography department, promises something similar: a mapping of that idea of homelessness, of modern life as “rootless, unfixed . . . and unmoored,” as Eklund writes, onto the photo-based art of the past

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