WNYC's Sara Fishko visits the home of the last living descendant of Arthur B. Davies, one of three artists largely responsible for conceiving and producing the notorious Armory Show of 1913 that introduced Cubism to America for the first time. Take a tour of the Arthur B. Davies art collection, on display in grandson Niles Davies' century-old farmhouse.
This documentary is based on the historic critique of the famed 1913 Armory Show
by Marcel Duchamp on the occasion of the 50th anniversary in 1963. The recording, never before released to the public, has been preserved in a private archive for over 50 years. Michael Taylor, former curator of modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, calls it "fascinating."
The Archives of American Art presented a special reading of Walt Kuhn's letters by Michael Murphy at the opening reception for Walt Kuhn: American Modern on February 7, 2013 at DC Moore Gallery.
ONE OF THE FOREMOST AMERICAN ARTISTS of the twentieth century, Walt Kuhn (1877–1949) received great acclaim during his lifetime for the bold simplicity and psychological intensity of his modernist paintings of showgirls and circus performers, as well as his still lifes. He was also one of the principal organizers of the landmark Armory Show of 1913, which introduced the American public to avant-garde European art and helped change the course of painting and sculpture in the United States. This first major exhibition of Kuhn’s work in decades, on the occasion of the 100TH anniversary of the Armory Show, includes major loans from museums and private collections.
THE STORY OF THE ARMORY SHOW, a milestone in American art history, could not be told without the collections of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. The Archives holds the largest accumulation of primary source material related to this watershed event including a treasure trove of letters written by the organizers of the show, especially those from Walt Kuhn, one of its most active participants. Kuhn’s letters to his wife Vera and his associates are often vividly descriptive, with frequent passages of humor and revealing expression.
The Armory Show introduced American viewers to modern art, inspired American artists, and provoked critics across the country. Upon seeing the works, President Theodore Roosevelt declared, “That’s not art!”
Amid similarly controversial reviews, the Copley Society of Art hosted the Armory Show when it came to Boston in 1913. The exhibit featured artists who have come to be recognized as masters of modern art - Picasso, Kandinsky, and Sargent to name a few.
Christophe Boicos has taught at universities across the US and Europe, and he shares his expertise in a lecture given at the Copley Society of Art.