L120 Fall 2018 “It Was a Good Show, but Don’t Do It Again:” American Art, Modernism, and the 1913 Armory Exhibition
Wednesdays, 11:50–1:15, Oct. 17–Nov. 7
Instructor: Christopher With
On the evening of February 17, 1913, 4,000 guests crowded the rooms of the 69th Street Armory in New York City to view the International Exhibition of Modern Art, more commonly known as the Armory Show. On display were approximately 1,300 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by contemporary artists from Europe and America. No single exhibition has had such a traumatic, exhilarating, and disorienting effect on American art and its public. To comprehend the show’s place in American history and art, this course will revisit the exhibition and its tumultuous aftermath. It will also examine the state of American art prior to the show, reconstruct the show’s organization, discuss contemporary opinions, and review the show’s significance from the vantage point of 2018.
See F110 for instructor information.
- Oct. 17: American Art before the Armory Show
- Oct. 24: The Armory Show
- Oct. 31: The Avant-garde and Contemporary Public Opinion
- Nov. 7: Re-assessing the Show Some 100 Years Later
- Note: This is a revised and updated version of an earlier series.