Reading: Jacquelynn Baas

Reading - Nonfiction | November 20 | 12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

BAMPFA Director Emeritus Jacquelynn Baas presents her groundbreaking new book Marcel Duchamp and the Art of Life with an illustrated introduction and reading. Duchamp drew on a wide range of sources, from science and mathematics to alchemy. Baas makes the argument that his work may also have been informed by Asian “esoterism”—energetic spiritual practices such as Indo-Tibetan Tantra that identify creative energy with the erotic impulse. The book offers close readings of many artworks, including Duchamp’s sexually explicit Étant donnés: 1. La chute d’eau 2. Le gaz d’éclairage (Given: 1. The Waterfall, 2. The Illuminating Gas).

Baas has organized more than thirty exhibitions, including the BAMPFA projects Berkeley Eye: Perspectives on the Collection and Art Wall: Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. Her publications include Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art and Smile of the Buddha: Eastern Philosophy and Western Art from Monet to Today.

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