Presented by Washington Sculptors Group and the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design in Gallery 102

Exhibit dates: Thursday, March 21, 2024 – Monday, May 20, 2024

In 1913, four years before artist Marcel Duchamp’s infamous Fountain was submitted to the exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists in New York City, he created his first readymade. These works, often constructed of everyday objects like bicycle wheels, or in the case of Fountain, a urinal, reflected Duchamp’s feeling that art was meant not just for the eyes but also the mind. His interest in and focus on conceptual and kinetic process along with his wit had profound impact upon artists in New York following the end of World War I, and Fountain – despite being rejected from the show – caused such a sensation that New York Dada was born. After working in many of the boundary-pushing genres of the early 20th century in both Paris and New York, Duchamp spent much of his time playing chess and occasionally working with artists in the decades following, and his influence can been in the work of Alexander Calder, Man Ray, Robert Rauschenberg, and John Cage, among others.

Stieglitz photographed Fountain, and then it was lost to history. It would be almost another 50 years, in 1963, before Duchamp’s message that art can be made from anything was finally delivered. With the ‘readymade’ Fountain, Duchamp told the world that a revolution in the art institution had happened, a break with the past more remarkable and with greater implications than previously acknowledged: the old Beaux-Arts system had died and been replaced by what Thierry de Duve describes as a world where “everything is a legitimate candidate for the status of art”. [1]  In this new system art can be made from anything, and one can be an artist without being the practitioner of an art in particular. This was Duchamp’s message, his thought experiment.

Artists are invited to submit existing or new sculptures and installations that are inspired by Duchamp’s readymades or his art and ideas in general. Works will be judged on how well they relate to the proposed theme, how suitable they are for the available space, as well as how all selected works come together for a cohesive exhibition.

Dr. Lisa Lipinski

Dr. Lisa Lipinski is Associate Professor of Art History, in the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, at The George Washington University. She teaches courses on special topics in modern and contemporary art, including the history of exhibitions, the Harlem Renaissance, art of Latin America, and Marcel Duchamp. She has curated exhibitions at local universities, including the Luther Brady Art Gallery, in collaboration with Corcoran students. Her first book, René Magritte and the Art of Thinking, (Routledge Press, 2019) focused on his paintings, both iconic and less well-known paintings from the 1940s and his writings. She is currently writing a history of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design. Lisa earned her doctorate in Art History from the University of Texas, Austin.

The exhibition is open to members of the Washington Sculptors Group only. Artists who are not already members may join WSG by paying annual dues of $45 ($15 for full-time students). Prospective members may download a membership form from the WSG website (, and send checks, along with the membership form, to the WSG address, or may join online through PayPal on the WSG website. Existing WSG members must renew their dues for 2022 to be eligible for this exhibition.


  • Artists may submit three-dimensional free-standing sculpture, wall-hung sculpture, installations, as well as new media and performance-based works that fit the theme. 
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) works, with two images per work (maximum of six images), along with a short statement. Submissions must be made through the EntryThingy website.
  • Submissions MUST be anonymous—please remove any identifying labels from titles, file names, images, etc. Submissions that are not anonymous will be disqualified.
  • Accepted work must be delivered in person from Thursday, March 7- Saturday, March 9 (10am-5pm). In order to facilitate the process, accepted artists will be required to sign up for a two-hour window for delivery and installation on a first-come-first served basis. 
  • Artists must be prepared to deliver and install their own work in coordination with the curator. Basic technical and installation support will be provided on March 7 – 9. Video, sound or other technical equipment must be provided by the artist.
  • Submissions may be finished works or in the form of a proposal by an individual or an art team. We highly recommend that artists visit the space if they wish to submit installations, site-specific work, or a proposal.
  • All work accepted and exhibited must remain on display for the full duration of the show.
  • Gallery 102 will not advertise prices on labels or checklists and will not handle sales. If a work is for sale, please provide sale price and contact information for inquiries.  
  • Any artwork not picked up within thirty (30) days of the exhibition close date, will become property of the University and the artist/organization will not be reimbursed for the artwork(s).
  • The artist will accept all liability for violation of any existing copyright or other third-party rights.
  • All proposals must be submitted online at (see instructions below). No other forms of application will be accepted.
  • Each artist or team may submit a total of six (6) images (including any detail images). Submit all images with a resolution of 300 dpi, 2100 pixels on the longest side, and a maximum of 2MB each. Video files must be smaller than 50MB each (about five minutes).
  • Submissions MUST be anonymous—please remove any identifying labels from titles, file names, images, etc. Submissions that are not anonymous will be disqualified.
  • Files should be named with only the title of the work (no first or last names). Use the actual title for each work. Example:

Sculpture 1.jpeg

Sculpture 1 (detail).jpeg

Sculpture 2.jpeg

Installation 1.jpeg

  • Please note that EntryThingy considers each image, including detail shots as a separate piece.
  • Accepted work must be delivered in person during the designated delivery period noted in the calendar.
  • All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.
  1. Applicants should go to and click on the tab (at top) ‘for artists’. 
  2. Click on ‘list of current calls’.
  3. Scroll down and click on the Art After Duchamp listing.
  4. Create a login account to if you don’t have an account, or if you do, login to your existing account with the ‘Click here to login’ button.  After logging in, select the Art After Duchamp call and complete the entry steps.
  5. There is a $5 entry fee. 
  6. All applicants will receive ‘accepted’ or ‘not accepted’ notifications via email.

Exhibition Dates: Thursday, March 21, 2024 – Monday, May 20, 2024 

Call for Entry Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2023

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2024 (received by 11:59 pm EST)

Jurying Period: Monday, February 5 – Friday, February 9, 2024

Artist Notification: Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Drop off & Installation: Thursday, March 7- Saturday, March 9 (10am-5pm)

Opening Reception: TBD

Artist & Juror Talk: TBD

Deinstallation/Pickup: Monday, May 20 & Tuesday, May 21, (10am-5pm, or by appointment)

Submission Deadline: Sunday, February 4, 2024 (11:59pm EST)

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