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Willoughby Sharp, 2005
Photo by Pamela Smith

by Charlie Finch

The year was 1989. The car was a Volkswagen, its right front windshield smashed and cracked in an incident on I-95 involving the daughter of a professor at the University of Rhode Island and the owner of the car, a Mr. Willoughby Sharp. The destination on this crisp fall day was the tiny waterfalls at the center of Paterson, N.J., where Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp and William Carlos Williams had purportedly picnicked 75 years before. The mission: to recreate that picnic.