For and Against: Re-evaluating the 1913 Armory Show and Revisiting Chicagoans’ Responses

Wednesday, April 24, 6-8 pm.

For and Against: Re-evaluating the 1913 Armory Show and Revisiting Chicagoans’ Responses
Lecture with Laurette McCarthy

Taking its title from the infamous “red book,” For and Against: Views on the International Exhibition held in New York and Chicago, printed when the show traveled to the Windy City, this lecture will discuss new research and recent rediscoveries surrounding this important event in the history of modern and American art. The talk will examine the reaction to the show by Chicago critics and collectors, as well as the incendiary response from the students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Particular emphasis will be given to Walter Pach’s multifaceted roles in respect to the show. In addition, the talk will highlight the current exhibition, The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913, on view at the Montclair Art Museum and co-curated by Gail Stavitsky and Laurette E. McCarthy.