For something so hard to pin down, Modern art has a surprisingly definite starting point.
“In America, it probably began on February 17th, 1913,” said Connecticut filmmaker Michael Maglaras.
That’s when thousands of people pushed their way into a New York art show with the sort of rowdy enthusiasm we associate nowadays with Black Friday. The first annual International Exhibition of Modern Art was the talk of the town and, for most visitors, their first chance to see work by the likes of Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp.
The makeshift galleries in the