1913: The Year of the Armory Show

February 1–2, 2003


Ninety years ago this month, New York City was confronted with the latest trends in modern art when the Armory at Lexington Avenue and 26 Street played host to an installation of recent art from Europe and America. The shock waves from that show are still felt today. In its own way, 1913 was also a turning point in cinematic history, for it was then that filmmakers all over the world (among them D. W. Griffith and Victor Sjöström) began experimenting in earnest with the feature-length film and its more intricate methods of storytelling. This exhibition, taken from the Museum’s collection, includes works that are among the finest examples of the short dramatic film, as well as works that are illustrative of the birth of the feature film. All programs are silent with piano accompaniment by Stuart Oderman.

Organized by Steven Higgins, Curator, Department of Film and Media.


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