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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) 1206 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) 68 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
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Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
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Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
(00:29:02) 27 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 31 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 84 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 107 views

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Masterworks from the Met
(00:57:48) 121 views

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Africa and the West
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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 42 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1117 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 498 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 619 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1282 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 300 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 266 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 321 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 189 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 481 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 609 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 402 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 256 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 333 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 208 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 221 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 361 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 502 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4359 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 107 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 130 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 138 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 311 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 855 views

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Eros, God of Love
(00:49:32) 1471 views

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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 176 views

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Revealing the Original
(00:25:21) 150 views

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Iraq Now! Sunday at the Met
(01:06:58) 92 views