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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) 1219 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) 69 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
(00:48:51) 25 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 30 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
(00:31:59) 29 views

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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) 33 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) 124 views

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Africa and the West
(01:13:21) 10 views

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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 42 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1123 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 514 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 624 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1283 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 302 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 267 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 331 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 192 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 491 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 618 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 407 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 264 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 339 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 209 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 227 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 366 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 516 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4370 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 2030 views

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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 111 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 134 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 141 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 314 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 865 views

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Eros, God of Love
(00:49:32) 1477 views

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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 178 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) 98 views