Modern Times: 1900-1915 You Call This Art? Modern Meets America in 1913

Join us for the bonus session of Modern Times at the Neill-Cochran House Museum on Sunday, April 7th when Karen Pope guides us through the 1913 Armory Show in New York City!  While the turn of the century from 19th to 20th heralded many innovations, the art world experienced the “shock of the new” in a big way.  Nothing prepared Americans for 1913’s ambitious International Exhibition of Modern Art.  Held in New York’s 69th Regiment Armory, the show exhibited nearly 1300 works, mostly by European painters and sculptors, that pleased, inspired, discombobulated, and outraged close to 87,000 attendees. Art critics had a field day, particularly with Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, calling it everything from “an explosion in a shingle factory” to “a staircase descending a nude.”  Even Teddy Roosevelt made fun of all the European “isms,” writing “There is no reason that people should not call themselves Cubists or Octagonists, Parallelopipedonists, or Knights of the Isosceles Triangle…”  Karen Pope, an NCHM favorite, will help us imagine what a first viewing must have been like.  Dr. Pope, Art History Professor for the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor University and principal in Art inSight, Inc., will pack the House for this special, extra talk – the last in the season!


Talks are presented by the Friends of the Neill-Cochran House Museum and are free to members of the Friends.  Individual and corporate sponsorships make this benefit possible and keep the price low for new participants.  At only $10 per person per program, the ticket price is one of the State’s best bargains — with refreshments included!