Elizabeth Zuba and Christophe Cherix in conversation about Marcel Broodthaers


April 4th, 2016


In celebration of the publication of Marcel Broodthaers: My Ogre Book, Shadow Theater, Midnight and the Broodthaers retrospective at MoMA


Wednesday, April 13th, 7:00 PM at 192 Books in NYC


Born in Brussels, Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) is the subject of a major retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 11 – May 15, 2016. Embracing poetry, fiction, art, and cinema, Broodthaers’s highly interdiscplinary practice was deeply innovative in its conceptual scope and inimitable concatenations of child-like play and institutional critique, deadpan humor and investigation into the nature of meaning (and meaninglessness). Influenced by Renee Magritte, Stéphane Mallarmé and Charles Baudelaire, Broodthaers’s visual work, made in the 1960s and 70s, now wields its own extraordinary influence on contemporary conceptual art and writing. From books of poetry transformed into unreadable objects, to sculptures made of eggshells and mussels, to his dense and sprawling Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Broodthaers’s work persists in its challenge and relevancy.

Christophe Cherix has most recently organized, with Manuel Borja-Villel, Director, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, a Marcel Broodthaers retrospective (February 2016). At MoMA, other exhibitions he has organized include Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960–1971 (with Klaus Biesenbach, 2015), Jasper Johns: Regrets (with Ann Temkin, 2014), Print/Out (2012), Contemporary Art from the Collection (with Kathy Halbreich, 2010), In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960–1976 (2009), Fluxus Preview: Selections from the Gilbert and Lila Silverman Fluxus Collection Gift (with Jon Hendricks, 2009), Projects 88: Lucy McKenzie (2008), and Book/Shelf (2008).

Elizabeth Zuba is the author of two books of poetry, Decoherent The Wing’ed (SplitLevel Texts, 2016) and May Double as a Whistle (Song Cave Press, 2015). She is the editor of Not Nothing: Selected Writings by Ray Johnson 1954-1994 (Siglio Press, 2014); translator and co-editor of Marcel Broodthaers: My Ogre Book Shadow Theater Midnight (Siglio Press, 2015) and La Familia Americana, an anthology of contemporary American poetry (Cosmopoética: Madrid, 2010). Elizabeth has recently translated Marcel Broodthaers’s Pense-Bête (Granary Books, 2016) and 10,000 Francs Reward (Printed Matter, 2016), as well as numerous ​texts​ for the current retrospective of his work at the Museum of Modern Art (February-May 2016) including his 1975 book En lisant la Lorelei. ​Some of ​Elizabeth​’s critical work has appeared in Bomb Magazine, Black Mountain Studies Journal, The Reanimation Library’s Word Processor, and Ray Johnson’s Art World (Feigen Gallery, 2014).

Books will be available for purchase at the event. 192 Books is located at 192 Tenth Avenue at 21st Street, New York, NY 10011. Phone: 212 255 4022.