The Museum as Muse: Artists Reflect

Mar 14–Jun 1, 1999


Marcel Duchamp. Box in a Valise (From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy). 1935–41. Leather valise containing miniature replicas, photographs, color reproductions of works by Duchamp, and one “original” drawing [Large Glass, collotype on celluloid, 7 1/2 × 9 1/2″ (19 × 23.5 cm)]; 16 × 15 × 4″ (40.7 × 38.1 × 10.2 cm). James Thrall Soby Fund. © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp

This exhibition is a survey of works in which artists, mostly of the present century, have addressed the museum, confronting its concept and function, commenting on its nature, drawing from its methods, and examining its relationship to the art it contains.


  • The museum as muse : artists reflect Out of print, 304 pages
  • Painting and sculpture from the Museum of Modern Art : catalog of deaccessions, 1929 through 1998 Out of print, 20 pages
  • The museum as muse : [brochure] artists reflect : March 14-June 1, 1999 Out of print, 6 pages
  • Press release 4 pages


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