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|Jennifer on Playing by Trust|
|By Jennifer Shahade|
|September 17, 2009|
Marcel Duchamp: The Art of Chess opened at the Francis M. Naumann Gallery in New York on Sept.16 and runs through October 30. The opening was packed with many luminaries in chess & art worlds popping by, including GM Lev Alburt, Dr. Frank Brady, featured artist Sophie Matisse and Christo and Jeanne-Claude, of Central Park "The Gates" fame. The gallery showcased much of the work this spring from Marcel Duchamp: Chess Master at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art. A second room of contemporary art related to chess and Marcel Duchamp included the video installation I created with Daniel Meirom, hulachess. We got a lot of compliments on the way that the piece was installed, so you could watch it like a chess game on a table, without any trace of the speakers and projector.
In a special performance last night in honor of the opening, I played against GM Lev Alburt on Yoko Ono's all-white chess set, "Play it By Trust." This was an honor, as I'm a big fan of Yoko Ono and she even blurbed Chess Bitch a few years ago. Unfortunately for me, Lev defeated me with time to spare.
But neither of us felt that the all-white set was as hard to play on as we expected. First of all, there are indentations in the board which make it easier to mark light and dark squares. The all white pieces did make it a little harder to calculate and easier to blunder-you just have to concentrate a bit more. It's somewhere between blindfold and playing with our typical two-toned pieces.
Check out some more photos and see the show in person if you're in New York anytime before October 30! Note that the Francis M.Naumann gallery is located at 24 West 57th Street and is closed on Sundays and Mondays.