The Armory Show centennial exhibition

Syracuse University Library presents The Armory Show, an informational display celebrating the centennial anniversary of the landmark 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art. The Armory Show opened on February 17th, 1913 at the 69th Regiment Armory on East 26th Street in New York City and introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture. It became a watershed event in the history of American art. Among the main attractions were: Matisse’s “Blue Nude (Souvenir of Biskra)” and “Red Madras Headdress,” and Marcel Duchamp’s “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2.”

The display, located on the 4th floor of Bird Library, includes descriptions of the controversial exhibition, reproductions of exhibited works, and representative reactions by the public and the press.


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