The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution

October 11, 2013
February 23, 2014

Works by Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh will be on display in The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution, which revisits the famous 1913 New York Armory Show on its 100th anniversary. In 1913, the International Exhibition of Modern Art came to New York. Organized by a small group of American artists and presented at the Lexington Avenue Armory (and thus nicknamed the Armory Show), it introduced the American public to European avant-garde painting and sculpture. This exhibition is an exploration of how the Armory Show inspired seismic shifts in American culture, politics, and society.

The Armory Show at 100 features approximately 100 masterworks from the 1913 Armory Show that powerfully impacted American audiences. The exhibition includes American and European paintings and sculpture that will represent the scandalous avant-garde and the range of early twentieth-century American art. It will also include historical works (dating through the nineteenth century) that the original organizers gathered in an effort to show the progression of modern art leading up to the controversial abstract works that have become the Armory Show’s hallmark.

The 2013 exhibition revisits the Armory Show from an art-historical point of view, shedding new light on the artists represented and how New Yorkers responded. It will also place this now-legendary event within the context of its historical moment in the United States and the milieu of New York City in ca. 1911–1913. To that end, music, literature and early film will be considered, as well as the political and economic climate.

The exhibition will not travel. It will be accompanied by a substantial catalogue with thirty-one essays by prominent scholars from a variety of fields to re-examine the 1913 exhibition and its historical and cultural context.



For the first time, the New-York Historical Society will offer timed ticketing for the exhibition The Armory Show at 100. Visitors will be able to buy advance tickets online for specific time slots up to 30 days in advance. Tickets go on sale September 12 and include entrance to the exhibition as well as all-day admission to the museum.

New-York Historical Society members can skip the line and enter at any time. No need to reserve your ticket in advance!


The New-York Historical Society recognizes lead sponsors Harold J. and Ruth Newman for their exceptional commitment to The Armory Show at 100.

Generous support has also been provided by Roger and Susan Hertog, the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., The Paul E. Singer Foundation, and Sherry Brous and Douglas Oliver.




This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.



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