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Artist Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887–1968)
Title Trap (Trébuchet)
Date 1964 edition (after 1917 original)
Medium Wood and metal coat rack
Dimensions Overall: 7 7/16 x 39 3/8 x 4 3/4 in. (18.9 x 100 x 12.1 cm)
Credit Line Partial gift of Mrs. William H. Conroy, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 71.37.9

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In addition to rendering objects‘ intended functions useless, Duchamp often imbued his readymades with a sense of humor. Trap, a coat rack which he nailed to the floor of his studio in 1917, poses a literal tripping hazard to anyone walking in its vicinity.

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