Fiction enables us to grasp reality and, at the same time, that which is veiled by reality.
Very often we can proceed as if what we know to be false is true, because it is useful for some purpose to do so.
—Kwame Anthony Appiah, As If
The Broodthaers Society of America examines the work of Marcel Broodthaers within the political and cultural context of the United States. America was a great influence on Broodthaers, both directly through his experience of Pop Art and indirectly through his shared interest in the poetics of publicity, merchandise, and the conquest of space. Put another way, the Broodthaers Society of America provides a forum in which the United States might contemplate its reflection in the convex mirror that is Marcel Broodthaers.
The Broodthaers Society of America provides artists, poets, critics, and students free access to our collection of Broodthaers-related books, periodicals, catalogues, and ephemera. Most of Broodthaers' publications are in private or museum collections and are seldom, if ever, accessible to the public. The BSA provides an opportunity to handle and conduct research with these materials, some of which are quite rare.
We also provide free admission to our exhibitions and events, contact within our growing network of Broodthaers scholars and enthusiasts, and modest paid access to our digital poetry magazine.
Most recently we have converted our parlor floor into a commercial live/work space
open to artists, designers, gallerists, and people in trade the world over.
Come join us.
Joe Scanlan, Director