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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: It's About Time
(01:20:22) 44 views

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SPARK: Plato at the Met
(01:06:51) 47 views

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Collecting Cubism
(00:56:59) 583 views

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Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1304 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 61 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 75 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
(00:48:51) 36 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 32 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) 43 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 2
(00:30:01) 42 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 111 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 127 views

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Africa and the West
(01:13:21) 12 views

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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 55 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1239 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1306 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 638 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 668 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 367 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 622 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 336 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 225 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 682 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 295 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 410 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 232 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 401 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 614 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 444 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 501 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 358 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4516 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 2071 views

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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 118 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 329 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 1009 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 163 views

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