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Why New Art Mattered

Introduction:
Adam Gopnik, Critic at Large, The New Yorker

Speaker:
Sebastian Smee, Pulitzer Prize–winning art critic,Boston Globe

In 1913 modernist painters were fascinated with childhood innocence in an effort to more clearly see the world that surrounded them, allowing youthful enthusiasm to guide them in their artistic choices and expression. But did this preoccupation with child-like sensibilities, so fundamental to avant-garde art, in some ways contribute to the naïveté that led to war? Smee explores the powerful work of Henri Matisse against the backdrop of such a complex and volatile time in history.

Europe was on the verge of committing suicide; Africa burst into Western consciousness; technology was on a dizzying trajectory; music was losing its grip on tonality, slipping loudly into entropy. Two monumental works were premiered within eight months of each other: Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

To put this striking period into context—and perhaps find parallels with our own time—Met Museum Presents offers a series of conversations and concerts.

Part of the series "1913: The World Implodes."

Recorded October 9, 2013

Lectures and Panels (149)

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Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1173 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 49 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 65 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 28 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
(00:31:59) 28 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
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Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 30 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 75 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 99 views

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Masterworks from the Met
(00:57:48) 115 views

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Africa and the West
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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 41 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1100 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 483 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 609 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1277 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 296 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 262 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 303 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 182 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 457 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 595 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 390 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 231 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 313 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 207 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 214 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 356 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 487 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4329 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 1937 views

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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 106 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 123 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 135 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 303 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 818 views

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Eros, God of Love
(00:49:32) 1462 views

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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 170 views

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Revealing the Original
(00:25:21) 148 views

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Iraq Now! Sunday at the Met
(01:06:58) 91 views