Wednesday, March 28, 2012 4:13:17 AM
Marcel Duchamp’s female alter-ego Rrose Sélavy fully surfaced in 1921 — a sultry, stylish vixen in photographs by Man Ray. Her name sounds like Eros, c’est la vie, or “Eros, that’s life.” Not just a pretty picture and a fantastic name, Rrose was Marcel, snagging bylines for the Why Not Sneeze Rrose Sélavy? readymade of marble sugar cubes in a birdcage, Duchamp’s Anemic Cinema, http://youtu.be/dXINTf8kXCc and others. Glamorous, at times more evidently masculine, Rrose wasn’t the surrealist’s first genderfuck – observe his moustached Mona Lisa.