Appropriately, New York City Dada was something of a "melting pot" of styles. The arrivals of Marcel Duchamp, Jean Crotti and Francis Picabia, in 1915, formed the nucleus of the Dadaists who would cheerfully avail themselves of the heavily industrialized United States' bounty of machines and other manufactured objects. The works of the three native Europeans, joined by Americans Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz and Charles Sheeler, along with a host of other U.S. and emigré artists, ensure that the New York section of Dada concentrates on readymade objects, new technology (as with airbrushing) and graphic works reminiscent of mechanical drawing.
The first major museum exhibition in the United States to focus exclusively on the brief but hugely influential movement, Dada surveys the six principal cities in which its artists worked between 1916 and 1924. This exhibition represents nearly fifty artists in over 400 pieces including paintings, collage, photomontage, readymade constructions, photographs and printed matter.
The Museum of Modern Art, New York is the third and final venue for Dada, seen previously at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., from February 19 to May 14, 2006 and in its first, slightly variational form at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, from October 5, 2005 to January 9, 2006.
"Dada" is on view from June 18 through September 11, 2006 at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street, New York, NY 10019-5497 (Telephone: 212.708.9400; Website). The museum is open Wednesdays through Mondays from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM; Fridays from 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM. It is closed on Tuesdays. Admission to MoMA is $20 for adults; $16 for seniors, 65 and over with I.D.; $12 for full-time students with current I.D.; and free for members and children ages 16 and under. Target Free Friday Nights occur from 4:00-8:00 PM.
Full Image Caption:
Francis Picabia (French, 1879-1953)
Reverence (Révérence), 1915
Oil and metallic paint on board
39 1/4 x 39 1/4 in. (99.7 x 99.7 cm)
The Baltimore Museum of Art
Bequest of Saidie A. May
© 2006 Francis Picabia / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris