Discovering the Imagery of Chess, feat. Larry List
Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 | Doors Open 6:00 p.m. | Event at 6:30 p.m.
World Chess Hall of Fame, 3rd floor
Join independent curator Larry List as he discusses unearthing
an important lost chapter in chess and art history—the legendary
1944 exhibition, The Imagery of Chess. Conceived of by New York
gallery owner Julien Levy, Surrealist Max Ernst, and avant
garde artist and chess master Marcel Duchamp, the exhibition
included chess-themed art, music, and performance by thirty-five
artists including Isamu Noguchi, Alexander Calder, Man Ray,
André Breton, Robert Motherwell, and John Cage.
In 2005 List produced The Imagery of Chess Revisited exhibition
and catalog for the Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden
Museum, New York. Like a detective, List tracked down most of
the works from the original exhibition through networks of
cooperative institutions, artists, estates, and private individuals
as well as researching and reconstructing actual replicas of
influential “lost” works in order to present a near-complete
picture of a unique intersection of creative chess and art talent.
Free Admission. Reservations recommended. Refreshments provided.
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Metered on-street parking is available, as well as paid lots
adjacent to Kingside Diner and at the Schlafly Library.