Throwback Thursday: “That’s not art,” declared former President Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1913, “The International Exhibition of Modern Art” opened at New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory. Including over 1,300 works of art by over 300 international artists, the exhibition was the first introduction to avant-garde art for many Americans. The show was met with cheers, jeers, guffaws, and even accusations of insanity. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the proud home of many of these once outrageous works of art, though there is still the occasional echo of Theo’s lament 101 years later.
"The Armory Show," as it is called today, was revived in 1994, and the now annual exhibition opens today in New York City.
”Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2),” 1912, Marcel Duchamp, © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / Estate of Marcel Duchamp