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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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SPARK: Plato at the Met
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Collecting Cubism
(00:56:59) 517 views

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Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1287 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 59 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 74 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
(00:48:51) 34 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 31 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
(00:31:59) 36 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
(00:29:02) 36 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 41 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 105 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 120 views

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Africa and the West
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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 53 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1208 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 579 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 671 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 326 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 361 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 280 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 400 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 226 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 339 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 468 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 397 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 589 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 435 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1299 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 613 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 659 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 219 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4473 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 116 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 160 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 327 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 993 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 157 views