After the Readymade

December 14, 2010 - May 1, 2011

Exhibition installation view

Installation view

This intimate exhibition charts the history of the readymade, a particular strain of twentieth- and twenty-first-century art that takes manufactured objects as primary material.

The works on view exploit commodities of varying origin, texture, scale, and color—including chocolate, comic and coloring books, shopping bags, sweaters, and wallpaper. Nearly a hundred years after Marcel Duchamp constructed the first readymade, the exhibition enables us to reconsider old notions of materiality and to reassess the now-ubiquitous use of non-traditional materials in art. 

After the Readymade coincides with, and serves as a primary source for, the University of Chicago graduate course Materialities of Modern Art. Students from this class will produce the individual object labels over the course of their study.