Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature, English, and French, Graduate School of the City University of New York; officier of the Palmes académiques; chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres; recipient of Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Getty fellowships; fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; author of Surrealist Painters and Poets, Dora Maar: Picasso’s Weeping Woman, Blaise Pascal: Miracles and Reason, The Modern Art Cookbook, Creative Gatherings: Meeting Places of Modernism; and editor of The Yale Anthology of Twentieth-Century French Poetry and The Harper Collins World Reader.
Mary Ann Caws
In 2017, at the Jewish Museum in New York, the exhibition “Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry” abounded in marvels for me and many others. Who was missing from the paintings mattered less than the astonishing presence of figures we all cared so about, presided over by Marcel Duchamp, on whose portraits and chess fascination Aaron Tucker expands so intelligently. There was Duchamp often, relaxed and no less brilliant than always.