A Handful of Dust

Photography after Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp

  • Whitechapel Gallery - Exhibition - A Handful of Dust (7 June 2017 – 3 September 2017)

    Man Ray/Marcel Duchamp, Élevage de poussière, 1920, Courtesy © Succession Marcel Duchamp/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017, © Man Ray Trust/ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2017

Past Exhibition

Exhibition
A Handful of Dust

7 June – 3 September 2017

“Endlessly thought-provoking”
The Guardian

A Handful of Dust is a speculative history of the 20th century, tracing a visual journey through the imagery of dust from aerial reconnaissance, wartime destruction and natural disasters to urban decay, domestic dirt and forensics.

The exhibition features works by over 30 artists and photographers including Marcel Duchamp, Walker Evans, Robert Filliou, Mona Kuhn, Man Ray, Gerhard Richter, Sophie Ristelhueber, Aaron Siskind, Shomei Tomatsu, Jeff Wall and Nick Waplington alongside magazine spreads, press photos, postcards and film clips.

Conceived by writer and curator David Campany, the exhibition takes as a starting point the 1920 photograph taken by American artist Man Ray of Marcel Duchamp’s work in progress The Large Glass (1915–23) deliberately left to gather dust in his New York studio. First published in André Breton’s seminal Surrealist journal, Littérature in 1922 and captioned as a ‘view from an aeroplane’ by Man Ray, the photograph went on to appear in various journals, books and magazines, cropped and  contextualized differently each time, before the image was formally titled Élevage de poussière (Dust Breeding) (1920) in 1964.

Whitechapel Gallery - Sophie Ristelhueber - Talk

Talk: Sophie Ristelhueber

Thu 24 Aug, 7pm | £9.50/£7.50

From photographing the traces of the Gulf War in Kuwait to creating stunning images of a landscape scarred by conflict, artist Sophie Ristelhueber featured in A Handful of Dust discusses her work.

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