Notes on a new facsimile of The Blind Man from Ugly Duckling Presse

Posted by on Jan 20, 2018 in Alumni News, Events, VCS Alumni | No Comments
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VCS alumna Harris Bauer recently sent us some news about a project she’s been working on over the last few months with Ugly Duckling Presse. Here’s what she had to say:

It’s a facsimile edition boxed set of three little magazines originally edited by Marcel Duchamp, Beatrice Wood, and Henri-Pierre Roche in 1917 called The Blind Man. The project includes an essay from artist and writer Sophie Seita, as well as facsimiles of a Beatrice Woods poster for the Blind Man’s Ball and a previously undistributed pamphlet by Man Ray. The project was just named one of New York Times best art books of 2017.

The Ugly Duckling Presse website provides the following description and background information:

The Blind Man and rongwrong were seminal New York Dada magazines edited and published by Marcel Duchamp, Henri-Pierre Roché, and Beatrice Wood in 1917. This facsimile edition, introduced by Sophie Seita, celebrates the 100th anniversary of their publication. The box set also includes a two-color offset reproduction of Beatrice Wood’s poster for The Blind Man’s Ball (1917) and a letterpress facsimile of Man Ray’s The Ridgefield Gazook (1915). Translations of the French texts by Elizabeth Zuba accompany the facsimile reprints.

The Blind Man and rongwrong were part of a network of little magazines that introduced audiences to avant-garde movements in art and literature; they featured contributions of poetry, prose, and visual art by Mina Loy, Louise Norton, Robert Carlton Brown, Erik Satie, Walter Arensberg, Francis Picabia, Alfred Stieglitz, and others. The Blind Man was the first print publication to circulate an image of Duchamp’s “Fountain” (photographed by Stieglitz) after its rejection from the first annual exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, presenting a public challenge to the accepted definition of art during this time.

Harris was the moderator at a recent launch event at Printed Matter, and she also mentioned the following panel discussion scheduled for this Thursday the 25th at Center for Experimental Humanities here in Manhattan:

Thu Jan 25, 6:30 PM

The Blind Man and Other Dada Magazines

at Center for Experimental Humanities, 14 University Place, New York

The Blind Man and other Dada Magazines with Emily Hage, Sophie Seita, and Elizabeth Zuba

In 1917, Marcel Duchamp submitted Fountain to the Society of Independent Artists, which rejected it. Instead, he featured it in The Blind Man (1917), the magazine he edited along with Henri-Pierre Roché and Beatrice Wood, through a photograph taken by Alfred Stieglitz. The magazine also published innovative poetry, prose, and art. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Blind Man and the publication of a facsimile edition by Ugly Duckling Presse, edited by Sophie Seita, with translations of the French contributions by Elizabeth Zuba, the Center for Experimental Humanities presents an evening of performances and reflections on Dada magazines, both historical and contemporary, and on this pioneering publication and its legacy.

Moderated by Lori Cole, Visiting Assistant Professor, Center for Experimental Humanities.

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