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Marcel Duchamp Lecture Series

in The Museum of Modern Art Archives

The Museum of Modern Art
Museum Archives
11 West 53 Street
New York, NY 10019-5497

© 2006 The Museum of Modern Art. All rights reserved.
The Museum of Modern Art, Publisher
Originally processed by Rona Roob, February 25, 1991.
Machine-readable finding aid derived from moma-014.xml, 2006. Machine-readable finding aid created by Kathleene Konkle. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: The Museum of Modern Art
Title: Marcel Duchamp Lecture Series
Dates: January-February 1974
Quantity: 1 2.5" box; 8 folders.

Scope and Content Note

Documentation and transcriptions of seven lectures held at The Museum of Modern Art January - February 1974 in conjunction with the retrospective exhibition, Marcel Duchamp, [MoMA exh. #1050, 1973 Dec. 28 - Feb. 24, 1974.] Participants included George Heard Hamilton, Robert Lebel, Bert M-P. Leefmans, Ron Padgett, Theodore Reff, Arturo Schwarz, and Roger Shattuck.


Access Restrictions

The records are open for research and contain no restricted materials.

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Marcel Duchamp Lecture Series in The Museum of Modern Art Archives are the physical property of The Museum of Modern Art. Literary rights, including copyright belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Rights to work produced during the normal course of Museum business resides with The Museum of Modern Art. For further information, and to obtain permission to publish or reproduce, contact the Museum Archivist.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in DADABASE, the library catalog of The Museum of Modern Art. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Hamilton, George Heard. -- Marcel Duchamp, Object or Idea. -- 1974 Jan. 17.
Lebel, Robert. -- Portrait of Marcel Duchamp as a dropout. -- 1974 Feb. 7.
Padgett, Ron. -- Marcel Duchamp and Raymond Roussel. -- 1974 Feb. 7.
Reff, Theodore. -- Marcel Duchamp and Leonardo Da Vinci. -- 1974 Feb. 17.
Schwarz, Arturo, 1924- . -- Rrose Selavy alias Marchand du Sel alias Belle Haleine. -- 1974 Jan. 13.
Shattuck, Roger. -- Marcel Duchamp, Alfred Jarry and Pataphysics. -- 1974 Jan. 10.
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968 -- Archives.
Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968. -- Marcel Duchamp. -- 1973.
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.). -- Marcel Duchamp. -- 1973.
Document Types:

Related Collections

See also, Sound Recordings of Museum-Related Activities, for the 13 recordings from which the transcripts were made, and the William C. Seitz Papers for a transcript and related materials of an interview with Duchamp conducted by Seitz 12/6/62.

In addition, the Registrar and Curatorial exhibition files include materials pertaining to the organization of the exhibition.

Administrative Information


The transcriptions and documentation were received by the Library in July 1976 and were transferred to the Museum Archives on Feb. 25, 1991. It is not known when the lectures were transcribed, or by whom.

Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:

Marcel Duchamp Lecture Series in The Museum of Modern Art Archives, [series.file.unit], The Museum of Modern Art Archives,New York.

Container List


Folder Descriptions

Lectures are alphabetically arranged by participant. The sheet number refers to the total number of sheets in each folder. The recordings can be found in the Sound Recordings of Museum-Related Activities and the identifying tape numbers are noted below. Please note, the transcripts have not been verified for accuracy in relation to original recordings.

Folder Title Date
1 George Heard Hamilton. “Marcel Duchamp: Object or Idea.”

29 sheets.
MoMA tape #74.2a.

Jan. 17, 1974.
2 Robert Lebel. “Portrait of Marcel Duchamp as a dropout.”

12 sheets.
MoMA tape #74.5b1, #74.5b2.

Feb. 21, 1974.
3 Bert M-P Leefmans. “Marcel Duchamp and Mallarmé.”

34 sheets.
MoMA tape #74.4a, #74.4a1, #74.4a2.
Includes author's preparatory notes for the lecture, not a transcription (13 sheets); author's draft (20 sheets); list of Mallarmé quotations.

Feb. 7, 1974.
4 Ron Padgett. “Marcel Duchamp and Raymond Roussel.”

26 sheets.
MoMA tape #74.4a, #74.4al, #74.4a2.
Includes Raymond Roussel bibliography in English.

Feb. 7, 1974.
5 Theodore Reff. “Marcel Duchamp and Leonardo Da Vinci.”

54 sheets.
MoMA tape #74.5a1, #74.5a2.
Includes draft (28 sheets).

Feb. 17, 1974.
6 Arturo Schwarz. “Rrose Selavy alias Marchand du Sel alias Belle Haleine.”

49 sheets.
MoMA tape #74.1b.
Includes draft (26 sheets).

Jan. 13, 1974.
7 Roger Shattuck. “Marcel Duchamp, Alfred Jarry and Pataphysics.”

38 sheets.
MoMA tape #74.1a.
Includes draft with introductory remarks by Kynaston McShine that are not in the final transcript. The transcript of the remarks made by McShine were missing and later found on Nov. 6, 1978.

Jan. 10, 1974.
8 2 copies of catalog, one marked

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