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Solo show: Chess with Duchamp, Readymade Art (over)

27 October 2011 until 27 October 2011
  Chess with Duchamp, Readymade Art AC Institute

AC Institute
547 W. 27th St. Suite 210 210
New York City, NY 10001
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Chess with Duchamp, Readymade Art

A Project by Holly Crawford
“…the metaphysical chess game called ‘art history’…” Adam Gopnik, New Yorker 6/27/11

What’s your position? What do you want to be? Do you have a gambit?

We invite all comers to participate in, or observe, a game of chess with living chesspersons. People will move around the big board on the floor, in a timed game of no more than 20 minutes per game. Come in costume, if you wish! You may also participate by playing a game from afar by texting the moves and following the game on twitter @acdirect All participation and participants will be documented.

"The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts; and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem. ... I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists."— Marcel Duchamp

Groups are welcome. Some props will be available, such as crowns and swords.
Where: AC Institute, 547 West 27th Street, 6th floor
When: Thursday October 27 6-8 pm.
Anyone wishing to produce this project elsewhere may do so, so long as (1) there is no charge for the event; it is free; and (2) you to send information about place and time before the event , and documentation after the event, to Holly Crawford (

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