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The 1913 New York Armory Show was a public sensation that introduced the American masses to European avant-garde painters and sculptors. Join curator Marilyn S. Kushner in revisiting the show on its 100th anniversary.
In 1913, the Armory Show presented a dramatic departure from neo-classical realism and brought avant-garde modernists like Picasso and Duchamp into the forefront of American thinking. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the opening performance of Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in Paris—with its unconventional music and choreography— resulted in a near-riot in the audience.
The Armory Show at 100 features approximately 100 masterworks from the 1913 Armory Show that powerfully impacted American audiences. The exhibition includes American and European paintings and sculpture that will represent the scandalous avant-garde and the range of early twentieth-century American art. It will also include historical works (dating through the nineteenth century) that the original organizers gathered in an effort to show the progression of modern art leading up to the controversial abstract works that have become the Armory Show’s hallmark.