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NEW YORK, NY, February 8, 2013 – In advance of The Armory Show at 100 exhibition, and in recognition of the centenary anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show, the New-York Historical Society launched a comprehensive web site of the legendary 1913 exhibition. The site will continue to evolve and grow over the next eight months, eventually becoming a permanent archive and dedicated online resource for the Armory Show in its historical and cultural context, allowing for expanded understanding of this moment in history and its lasting influence. Highlights of the site include first time ever access to a complete database of works in the Armory Show, a floor plan to help audiences see how the 1913 show was arranged, zoomable high resolution images of some 200 works from the original exhibition, and the later addition of curator­led gallery tours.

Two major symposia will take place later this year in New York and Paris, as well as a session at the 2013 College Art Association Conference. The proceedings will be documented in an eBook, which will be made available on the website.

The website, like the exhibition and catalogue, will re-examine long-held views about the Armory Show. An easy to use visual browser of key works of art from and related to the Armory Show allows sorting by artist, medium, or gallery. Using a floor plan of the Armory Show’s original 1913 exhibition galleries, visitors can also view key works gallery by gallery. These will eventually be accompanied by extended descriptive information delving further into each work’s resonance within the context of New York and the United States in 1913. The web galleries will also serve as collection points for short audio clips about various aspects of the original show.

The website will also include film and music clips from the period, as well as print media such as magazine covers and newspaper articles, to help illuminate the social and political issues of the era. It will include reprints of critical responses to the show, illustrating critics’ and visitors’ passionate reactions, and images of letters and ephemeral material that will help tell the back story of the exhibition and illustrate the political struggles and heroic efforts that went into organizing the original show. The site will also eventually include a recording of Marcel Duchamp, the most controversial artist of the 1913 exhibition, presenting his recollections fifty years later in 1963, looking back at the pivotal moment of the Armory Show. Web visitors will have the opportunity to respond to the images and texts, creating an online forum for discussion.

Other online features:

  • Letters, posters, catalogues, and other ephemera including images of the lively cartoons that vividly satirized the works in the 1913 exhibition
  • New-York Historical Society images of the city in 1913
  • Images and audio-commentary from essayists, scholars, authors, and journalists that explore the themes and the intersection of art and history, which will be added to the site over the months between now and the show’s opening in October
  • Timeline outlining artistic, political, and historic events leading up to the 1913 exhibition and in the immediate aftermath.
  • A weekly blog with contributions by exhibition curators and other Armory Show experts that will explore topics ranging from the new political, social, and cultural movements that stirred the city, to the 1913 organizers’ controversies behind the scenes, to new insights and discoveries from those developing the 2013 exhibition.

The micro website can be viewed at http://armory.nyhistory.org


Friday, February 8, 2013
Creative: Tronvig Group