Exhibition

Public Service Announcement: Works by Eva Koťátková and Rachel Harrison

26 Mar 2018 – 29 Jul 2018

Regular opening hours

Monday
10:00 – 17:30
Tuesday
10:00 – 17:30
Wednesday
10:00 – 17:30
Thursday
10:00 – 17:30
Friday
10:00 – 21:00
Saturday
10:00 – 21:00
Sunday
10:00 – 17:30

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York
New York, United States

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This exhibition presents three exemplary works from The Met collection by Czech artist Eva Koťátková and American artist Rachel Harrison.

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Koťátková and Harrison each reinvent the tradition of the readymade—a term first coined by French artist Marcel Duchamp in 1915 to describe his unconventional sculptures—reclaiming found materials to create collages and assemblages.

Koťátková's sprawling installation Untitled (Unlearning Instincts), composed of 96 collages made of photographs clipped from books and magazines, explores subjects such as pedagogy and the process of social and political indoctrination. Harrison's two sculptures place preexisting images and objects in settings constructed by the artist to comment obliquely on matters relating to race, gender, sexuality, and politics.

In each case, appropriating, juxtaposing, and recontextualizing readymade items not only generates chains of associations—it also makes the familiar appear strange.

Exhibiting artists

Rachel Harrison

Eva Kotátková

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