The 1913 Armory Show Changed America’s Art

When Michael Maglaras is interviewed by phone about his most recent documentary, A Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show, he happens to be in his car in front of a Saks Fifth Avenue in Greenwich, Conn.

To illustrate how the Armory show, which introduced some of the greatest modern European painters to American audiences, has permeated our culture, Maglaras, who makes films about art, doesn’t have to look far.

In fact, he has only to look over at a Saks display window, where, as expected, there’s a mannequin in a dress. But it’s the printed design of the dress that’s caught Maglaras’ attention. It’s Cubist, he said. An abstract, geometric pattern of triangles and shapes that, whether the designer intended it, reflects the

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