Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky). Indestructible Object (or Object to Be Destroyed). 1964 (replica of 1923 original)

Man Ray (Emmanuel Radnitzky) Indestructible Object (or Object to Be Destroyed) 1964 (replica of 1923 original)

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 508 The David Geffen Wing

Man Ray dated this work 1923, though it was transformed in 1932 when he substituted a photograph of the eye of Lee Millera photographer and the artists assistant, model, and loverfor the original eye he had used in what was then titled Object to Be Destroyed. At an exhibition in 1957, a group of protesting students took Man Ray at his word by destroying it; Man Ray eventually reconstructed and renamed the work Indestructible Object.

Gallery label from Dada, June 18–September 11, 2006.
Medium
Metronome with cutout photograph of eye on pendulum
Dimensions
8 7/8 x 4 3/8 x 4 5/8" (22.5 x 11 x 11.6 cm)
Credit
James Thrall Soby Fund
Object number
248.1966.a-e
Copyright
© 2021 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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