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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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Collecting Cubism
(00:56:59) 400 views

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Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1267 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 55 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) 33 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) 35 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
(00:29:02) 32 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 40 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 102 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 117 views

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Africa and the West
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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 51 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1176 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 596 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 647 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1292 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 321 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 349 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 390 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 212 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 548 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 655 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 430 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 316 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 439 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 224 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 266 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 386 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 568 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4434 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 2049 views

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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 115 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 149 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 151 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 325 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 960 views

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Eros, God of Love
(00:49:32) 1619 views

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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 187 views