The Armory Show at 100: When New York exploded into the Modern
When: October 11, 2013 - February 23, 2014
Location: The New-York Historical Society New York, NY, United States of America
In fall 2013, the New-York Historical Society will present a major exhibition celebrating the centennial year of the legendary 1913 Armory Show. On view from October 11, 2013 through February 23, 2014, The Armory Show at 100: When New York Exploded into the Modern World brings together iconic works by European modernists such as, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Francis Picabia, Constantin Brancusi and Pablo Picasso with works by the “triumvirate” of precursors to modernism—Paul Cézanne, Paul Gauguin, and Vincent Van Gogh—in an exploration of how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society. The exhibition will include a diverse cross-section of the American masterworks, such as impressionist Childe Hassam, urban realist Robert Henri, and visionary Albert Pinkham Ryder, who are often overlooked in accounts of the event despite the fact that about half the works included in the exhibition were by American artists.
Officially known as the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art, the Armory Show is widely acknowledged as one of the most important exhibitions held in the United States and is remembered as a turning point in the history of American art, introducing the European avant-garde to America. This examination of the Armory Show will be the most comprehensive exhibition about the event in 2013, offering a unique opportunity during the centennial year to experience the reunion of approximately ninety masterworks from the show.
The Armory Show at 100 also will contextualize the event with artifacts, historical documents, and archival photographs to evoke the social and intellectual currents of this time period, with major events including the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson as president in 1913, Americans marching for suffrage, the re-opening of Grand Central Terminal as the world’s largest train station, and the Woolworth Building becoming the world’s tallest skyscraper. The behind-the-scenes story of the making of the 1913 Armory Show also will be told through a selection of letters, postcards, and photographs that document the dissent and divisions that the exhibition inspired in the New York art world.
“It will be a great thrill to experience the reunion of iconic artworks and honor an event that forever changed the art world,” said Louise Mirrer, President and CEO of New-York Historical. “The New-York Historical Society will present this exhibition with an interdisciplinary display that evokes the social and intellectual currents of New York in this time period.”
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