And then Tues, I slept through most of it but later went to a dinner party, I can't talk about that yet though eeeeeee.... oh man.
I try to keep my journals on here relatively impersonal and art-related, so ah. Oh yes. I'm a little late in the game, but THE ARMORY SHOW. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Armory show, the 1913 avant-garde art exhibition which redefined art in United States, causing an influx of inventive thinking which ultimately reestablished New York as the art center of the world. Prior to the Armory show, America relied on Europe, or specifically Paris, then the world’s art capital, to experiment, innovate, and redefine art. While the shock and influence of the Armory show is often blown out of proportion by art enthusiasts eager to mythologize it, the exhibition nonetheless made modern art significantly more accessible to the American masses and, as said by Kimberly Orcutt, museum curator and co-organizer of the Armory Show's 100th anniversary celebration, "It created a public dialogue about contemporary art that had never existed before." Whether the Armory Show was received well or poorly by those who were exposed to it, the significant factor is that it sparked discussion and consideration for the direction in which art was going, and instilled in American Artists the belief that they could experiment freely. The frontier of the art world was now on american soil, paving the way for abstract modernism to thrive in the American landscape for decades to come. There's a good article reflecting on the Armory show here. Checkit! While I've got more of a thing for the impressionists, early modernism is easily my second favorite period in art history. I love conceptual art gah.