Culture Shock: New York and Paris, 1913
Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
Leon Botstein, Barbara Haskell, Susan Lacy (moderator)
Wed, January 15th, 2014 | 6:30 pm
(Members $18)

Note: This program is sold out



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. Three experts discuss a time of tremendous upheaval and transition that sent shockwaves through the Old and New World alike.


Leon Botstein, a respected music historian, is President of Bard College and Music Director and Principal Conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra. Barbara Haskell is Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art and author of more than twenty publications on a wide range of early twentieth-century and post-war American artists. Susan Lacy (moderator) is the creator and executive producer of Thirteen/WNET’s award-winning biography series American Masters.


The Robert H. Smith Auditorium at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024


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