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dc.creatorNelson, Lauri Gwen
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-09T18:21:53Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-09T18:21:53Z
dc.date.issued 1994
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/13872
dc.description.abstract Marcel Duchamp's speech "The Creative Act" and the context of its delivery at the American Federation of Arts (A.F.A.) convention in Houston, Texas, in 1957 reveal the manifold nature of American art discourse during the second half of the 1950s. In contrast to overly-simplified histories of the period which maintain that formal concerns and artist-centered criticism predominated, this paper determines that Duchamp's speech and its acknowledgment of the spectator are not unusual for 1957. Nor is Duchamp as author completely consistent with the ideas of critical "indifference" said to be present in the speech. On the contrary, the artist, his speech, and the 1957 A.F.A. convention are reflective of their complex history: of the political and economic climate of the mid 1950s, of both American and French aesthetic philosophy, of a growing popular interest in the arts, and of the growing media presence within American art discourse.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectMass communication
dc.title "This kind of circus, all in cordiality": Marcel Duchamp's speech "The Creative Act"
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department Art and Art History
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Nelson, Lauri Gwen. ""This kind of circus, all in cordiality": Marcel Duchamp's speech "The Creative Act"." (1994) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. https://hdl.handle.net/1911/13872.


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