Musée d’Orsay - Auditorium
In collaboration with the New-York Historical Society
To celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the International Exhibition of Modern Art held in New-York in 1913, better known as the Armory Show, the Musée d’Orsay and the New-York Historical Society, organizer of the retrospective The Armory Show at 100 (11 October 2013 – 23 February 2014) are planning a two-day international symposium on the history and key issues of this crucial event in the history of art.
The Armory Show was the most important exhibition of modern art ever organized in the United States because it introduced the American public to the European avant-garde, provoking scandal and aesthetic shock that extended well beyond the approximately 87,000 visitors who came to New York’s 69th Infantry Regiment Armory during the 26 days of the exhibition. Several prior major events (such as the Sonderbund exhibition, Cologne, 1912) had paved the way, and aided by the decisive action of a number of art dealers and French and American artists, the exhibition served as a catalyst for the emergence of American modern art and accelerated the spread of modernism in general.
About half of the 1,400 works in the exhibition came from Europe, mainly from France. With the benefit of the Musée d’Orsay collections, we propose to revisit and gain an insight into how the Armory Show inspired contentious debates about national identity and international influence that had a critical impact on the development of American art.
To mark this occasion, we are proposing academic presentations in French or in English of 20 minutes, focusing on the following subjects:
* The French artistic model, and particularly the American community in Paris, the colonies of American artists in France and the French teachers of the American artists, those who promoted the introduction of French art into the United States;
* European responses to the Armory Show, particularly from the artists and lenders involved, both in the planning stages and after the exhibition;
* The conditions in which American art emerged in the early twentieth century, particularly the new artists, the subjects and media they explored, and the new American art galleries;
* The organization of the Armory Show, the impact of the exhibition on the American art scene and, more specifically, its impact on the creation of the great private collections, art galleries, the birth of art museums, and of a new generation of patrons in the United States.
Abstracts (1,500 characters) and résumés in English or in French should be sent by email before 30 July 2013 to the following addresses: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kimberly Orcutt, Ph.D.
Henry Luce Foundation Curator of American Art
New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
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