MoMA Celebrates 1913: Marcel Duchamp’s 3 Standard Stoppages

MoMA’s celebration of the landmark year 1913 concludes today with the 23rd installment in our series of videos highlighting important works from 1913 in the Museum’s collection.

In the video above, Ann Temkin, The Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis Chief Curator of Painting and Sculpture, speaks about Marcel Duchamp, for whom 1913 was the pivotal year when the artist rejected formal painting and created his first readymade sculpture. It was also the year he made the work 3 Standard Stoppages, the subject of this video.

We hope you enjoyed this special video series. If you missed any of the previous installments, published throughout 2013 on this blog and at, be sure to check them out!