There were no riots at the DePaul Art Museum Friday evening. It is unlikely riots will break out at the museum in the foreseeable future. In 1913, it was a different story.
For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100, on view at the DePaul Art Museum through June 16, revisits some of the original works and artists from the Armory Show of 1913, the show that introduced shocked Americans to modern art. The Armory Show visited the
Art Institute of Chicago in 1913 to roughly 189,000 outraged patrons.
“The Armory Show was the most important art exhibition ever in America,” said Mark Pohlad, guest curator for the exhibit and associate professor of art and architecture at DePaul.
One hundred years later, of course, it seems wild that works by great artists like Matisse and Picasso would’ve incited such rage, but DPAM’s exhibit is striving to look at the work on a