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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) 1099 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 47 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 62 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 6
(00:48:51) 24 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 5
(00:41:09) 26 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 4
(00:31:59) 27 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 3
(00:29:02) 24 views

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

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 70 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 98 views

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Masterworks from the Met
(00:57:48) 113 views

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Africa and the West
(01:13:21) 9 views

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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 41 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1086 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 473 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 600 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1271 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 290 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 253 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 256 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 177 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 435 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 450 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 382 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 209 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 289 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 204 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 203 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 347 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 469 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4291 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 1927 views

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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 104 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 120 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 133 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 301 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 800 views

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Eros, God of Love
(00:49:32) 1455 views

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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 169 views

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Revealing the Original
(00:25:21) 145 views

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Iraq Now! Sunday at the Met
(01:06:58) 90 views