Friday, June 20, 2014

The 1999 Harvard Symposium on Duchamp and Poincaré

Artist Marc Latamie has been living and working in New York City since 1985. Over the course of his career, he has been asked to speak at a number of prestigious artistic institutions including the École du Louvre and the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris, France. In 1999, Marc Latamie attended a symposium on Marcel Duchamp and Henry Poincaré at Harvard. University.

From November 5 to November 7, 1999, Harvard University hosted a symposium entitled “Method of Understanding in Art and Science: The Case of Duchamp and Poincaré” at the Harvard University Science Center. At the event, a gathering of approximately 200 scholars examined the shared and relevant concerns of artist Marcel Duchamp and mathematician/philosopher Henry Poincaré.

Symposium guests and attendees included academic and industry professionals hailing from a wide range of disciplines. Examining the cultural overlap and integrated methodology of art and science, the gathering brought mathematicians and physicists together with art historians and postmodern theorists to spark a truly unique and enlightening dialogue.                            

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