How have rule-breaking artists changed how we make and view art today?
Usually we think of art as a painting on a wall or a sculpture on a pedestal. Marcel Duchamp's readymades forced his viewers to question this definition of art. In this activity students look at one of the most controversial moments in contemporary art history and debate the questions that the event raised. Each student will determine where he or she stands on the issue and defend the position in a letter to the editor of the local newspaper.
Click on each artist button at right to view detailed screens about the artist and his or her works. Be sure to click on all images, view all videos, read all documents, and use the zoom tool to look closely at the works of art.
readymade, exhibition selection committee