Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Des Moines Art Center to Screen 1913 Armory Show Film

Our next screening of "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" will be held Thursday, March 26 at the Des Moines Art Center.  This special screening is part of the programming for the Center's new exhibit on Antique Abstraction, which opens on March 13.

Filmmaker Michael Maglaras will introduce the film.  Reservations are free. More information can be found at this link.  An excerpt from "The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show" can viewed at this link.

A recent review in The Dartmouth said of “The Great Confusion” that “Michael Maglaras...brought the drama of the original show back to life.” Mike Holtzclaw said in the Daily Press, “For anyone who enjoys art, this is an eye opening film.”

More about the film:  From February 17 until March 15, 1913, thousands of Americans pushed their way through the doors of the 69th Regiment Armory on the east side of New York City while a battle was waging “for or against” Modern Art for the first time.   What they saw would annoy and infuriate some...and captivate, delight, and inspire many.


What resulted from these four weeks of mass exposure to European artists such as Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh, and the upstart Marcel Duchamp (with his “Nude Descending a Staircase”), as well as such Americans as Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Charles Sheeler, changed how Americans came to understand their own times. By entering through the doors of an armory, they had entered through the doors of the Modern Era.  

“The Great Confusion:  The 1913 Armory Show” features more than 60 works by American and European painters and sculptors and probes deeply into the history of how the show was organized. It provides fascinating glimpses into the backstage efforts of the American artists Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach, and Walt Kuhn as they worked tirelessly to bring a new art to a new American audience.

Produced by 217 Films.  Written, directed and narrated by Michael Maglaras.  Executive Producer Terri Templeton.  2013.  NR.  90 Minutes.  www.two17films.com