The film explores the life, philosophy, and impact of one of

the most influential early 20th century modernist

Film still from Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible, featuring the artist’s work L.H.O.O.Q. or La Joconde

WATER MILL, NY 12/20/2021—On Friday, January 7 at 6 pm, onsite at the Lichtenstein Theater, the Parrish will present a screening of Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible (2019, Documentary, 86 minutes. Director: Matthew Taylors), a film that explores the life, philosophy, and impact of one of the most influential early 20th century modernists. Transcending the biopic genre, The Art of the Possible reveals how Duchamp (American, b. France, 1887–1968) changed the public consciousness and understanding of aesthetics, art, and culture through his forward-thinking ideas and philosophy. The film will be introduced by Alicia Longwell, Ph.D., The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Chief Curator. Advance ticket purchase with pre-event registration is suggested; a limited number of tickets will be available at the door. $15 | $5 Parrish Members, Seniors, and Students.

The Art of the Possible breaks down Duchamp’s concepts and applies them to both historical events and the modernist explosion that blanketed the art world in the early 20th Century. Through clips of and commentary by Marina Abramovic, Larry Bell, Michel Gondry, Bibbe Hansen, Jeff Koons, Paul Matisse, Edward Ruscha, Stefan Sagmeister, Arturo Schwarz, Carolee Schneemann, and others, the film highlights the singular impact of Duchamp’s philosophy on art and examines how the artist’s revolutionary ideas from 100 years ago shaped the 21st century and modern day. Ultimately, Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible is a guide to exploring the possibilities in every artistic endeavor and showcasing how Duchamp’s ideas gave generations of artists the intellectual backing to pursue new ideas.

Friday, January 7, 6 pm

Parrish Art Museum, Lichtenstein Theater

Marcel Duchamp: The Art of the Possible 

An Electrolift Creative Production

Michelle Taylor: Producer

Matthew Taylor: Writer/Editor/Director/Director of Photography


This indoor event requires all attendees to show proof of vaccination (vaccine card/Excelsior Pass) or a negative PCR test within 72 hours. To help us expedite the check-in process, we encourage all guests to send their proof in advance by emailing it to Please put the event title in your subject line.


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Additional support provided by The Corcoran Group and Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder. 


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