Michael R. Taylor
July - August 2007
Michael R. Taylor is the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. His most recent exhibitions at the museum include Thomas Chimes: Adventures in ‘Pataphysics (2007); Salvador Dalí:The Centennial Retrospective (2005), which he co-curated with Dawn Ades; and Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne (2002). Taylor studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where he wrote a master’s thesis on Richard Hamilton and a doctoral dissertation on Marcel Duchamp’s readymades. He has published widely on Duchamp, Dada, and Surrealism. Future projects include a tightly focused exhibition on Duchamp’s Étant donnés (2009) and a major traveling retrospective on Arshile Gorky (2009–10), which will situate his work within the context of Surrealism.