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The Takeaway: The Armory Show at 100

by James Panero

Posted: Feb 15, 2013 10:37 AM

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Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2 (1912) by Marcel Duchamp, a centerpiece of the 1913 Armory Show

It was a pleasure to discuss the centenary of the 1913 Armory Show with John Hockenberry and Barbara Haskell on NPR's The Takeaway.

This Sunday will mark 100 years to the day that this groundbreaking show of European and American modernism opened its doors at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York. I wrote about its legacy in The New Criterion in December.

What should we do to celebrate? This weekend The Montclair Art Museum will open its survey of the American art and artists in the Armory Show. And this Friday, the outer-borough art scene of Bushwick, Brooklyn will stay open late for Beatnite, where ten alternative spaces will play host to a moveable feast of contemporary art followed by an open after-party.

The anniversary of the 1913 Armory Show is the 4th of July of the arts, and I plan to celebrate with these two vital events.

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