Lydia Winston Malbin Symposium

Marcel Duchamp, Rotary Glass Plates (Precision Optics), or Revolving Glass, 1920; largest blade replaced by a facsimile in 2011 due to damage. Painted glass, iron, electric motor, and mixed media. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Collection Société Anonyme

Imitation is the Sincerest Form… : Marcel Duchamp and the Copy in Contemporary Art

Friday, November 11, 2011

This symposium was organized on the occasion of the restoration of Marcel Duchamp’s Rotary Glass Plates (Precision Optics) (1920) and the manufacture of a facsimile, which makes it possible to demonstrate the original machine’s intended optical effect. The symposium featured a panel discussion with artists Josiah McElheny, Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Joe Scanlan, and Haim Steinbach, as well as a demonstration of the Rotary Glass Plates facsimile and a summary of the history of this machine and the restoration of Duchamp’s original by Carol E. Snow, Conservator of Objects, and Jennifer Gross, the Seymour H. Knox, Jr., Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, both of the Yale University Art Gallery.

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