This project, after Marcel Duchamp's “Etant Donné,” (1946-1966), was conceived as a commentary on the return of the literalized body (realist sculpture, etc.) to art in the early 1990s. 

In “Already,” Duchamp's non-literal “female” figure is transformed into a maid serving the spectator, who has to peer through a peephole to see her, a museum bench, and a glass of wine on the gallery mantle.

(Plywood barrier, peephole, mannequin, bench, wineglass, mantle)

Selected Bibliography

"Gender Studies: Feminismus und Kunst," by Sabeth Buchmann, Zitty (Jan.21-Feb.3)

"Once more, with feeling...Already," October 65

"Silvia Kolbowski," in "Goings on About Town," The New Yorker, Oct. 12

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