Société Anonyme

1920 -1952

 

The Societe Anonyme, founded in 1920 by Katherine Dreier (1877-1952), Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), and Man Ray (1890-1967), was responsible for introducing contemporary European art to the American public. In its first decade, the Societe organized over fifty exhibitions, including the first one-artist shows in this country given to Archipenko, Kandinsky, Klee, Leger, and Villon. Through its exhibitions, lectures, and publications, the Societe hoped to show the public that there were both social and spiritual benefits to be derived from progressive modern art. Donated to Yale University in 1941, the collection of the Societe Anonyme was augmented by Dreier during the last years of her life and by works from her estate upon her death in 1952.

 

1921

 

1926

   

 

1927-28

   

 

1930-31

 

 

1939

 

1944

 

1950 / 1952

 

 

1982 / 1984

 

 

2006