Lecture by Dr. Kimberly Orcutt Saturday, April 20, 4 pm


“Myth, Controversy, and Modern Art” Reconsidering the 1913 Armory Show

Lecture by Dr. Kimberly Orcutt,

Henry Luce Foundation Curator of American Art, New-York Historical Society Museum & Library

Matisse, Blue Nude Henri Matisse’s Blue Nude, one of the controversial works shown at the 1913 Armory Show.

$12 / $7 to WAAM members

The International Exhibition of Modern Art, better known as the Armory Show, took place at its New York venue from February 17 to March 15, 1913. In less than a month it created a sensation that is remembered as the most important exhibition in United States history. In the decades that followed, the exhibition became the object of myth and legend. Dr. Orcutt’s lecture provides a closer look at conventional wisdom about the momentous exhibition and uncovers surprising new insights about this pivotal event, which is best known for introducing the European avant-garde to an unsuspecting American public with such works as Marcel Duchamp’s notorious Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) and the outrageous fauve colors of Matisse’s Blue Nude.


This talk is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and the Milton and Sally Avery Foundation and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Embracing the New: Modernism’s Impact on Woodstock Artists in the Towbin Museum Wing, extended through June 9, 2013. Featuring works by Alexander Archipenko, Konrad Cramer, Andrew Dasburg, Henry Lee McFee, Charles Rosen, and others, the exhibition highlights the artistic influence of Europe’s avant-garde on Woodstock artists in the period surrounding the 1913 Armory Show and the two decades following.


Dr. Kimberly Orcutt is co-curator of the forthcoming reassessment of the 1913 Armory Show to be held at the New-York Historical Society, October 11, 2013 – February 23, 2014. The NYHS exhibition will showcase approximately 75 works assembled from the original exhibition at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York and 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..

Dr. Orcutt is the Henry Luce Foundation Curator of American Art at the New-York Historical Society.She has organized exhibitions on a variety of topics including colonial portraits, the sculptor John Rogers, George Bellows, and John Singleton Copley. She was formerly Assistant Curator of American Art at Harvard’s Fogg Art Museum, and she curated the exhibition Painterly Controversy: William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri at the Bruce Museum. She has published and lectured extensively on nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art, and is a past Chair of the Association of Historians of American Art.

For more about exhibitions and events at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, go to www.woodstockart.org or call 845 679-2940. The WAAM is located at 28 Tinker Street in the heart of Woodstock, New York and is open on Friday and Saturday from 12 to 6 pm and Sunday, Monday, Thursday 12 to 5 pm. The WAAM is a not-for-profit membership organization featuring a landmark collection and archives, contemporary artist galleries, and a dynamic education program. Exhibition and programs are supported by the WAAM Founders Circle, other individual supporters and membership.

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