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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) 347 views

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Lost Kingdoms Symposium, Part 1
(00:12:45) 1257 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 8
(00:26:18) 54 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 7
(00:41:24) 72 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) 33 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) 38 views

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Ink Art Symposium, Part 1
(00:37:47) 97 views

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My Met—Keith Christiansen
(00:57:48) 112 views

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Africa and the West
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How Proust Changed Our Minds
(01:15:39) 49 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Bolton
(00:14:59) 1165 views

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TEDxMet: Navina Najat Haidar
(00:12:13) 574 views

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TEDxMet: Negin Farsad
(00:14:00) 640 views

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TEDxMet: Kyle Abraham
(00:06:11) 1289 views

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TEDxMet: James Nares
(00:18:28) 317 views

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TEDxMet: Meredith Monk
(00:04:49) 344 views

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TEDxMet: Jeff Rosenheim
(00:14:17) 386 views

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TEDxMet: Nicolai Ouroussoff
(00:14:45) 208 views

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TEDxMet: Eric R. Kandel, MD
(00:19:40) 537 views

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TEDxMet: Bill T. Jones
(00:18:53) 649 views

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TEDxMet: Melanie Holcomb
(00:18:20) 422 views

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TEDxMet: Maira Kalman
(00:18:31) 300 views

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TEDxMet: Luke Syson
(00:13:16) 414 views

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TEDxMet: Sō Percussion
(00:12:17) 220 views

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TEDxMet: Lorna Simpson
(00:07:53) 259 views

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TEDxMet: Elizabeth Streb
(00:09:07) 384 views

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TEDxMet: Andrew Solomon
(00:29:25) 555 views

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The Art of Making Chintz
(00:04:20) 4420 views

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Journey to the Copper Age
(01:10:46) 2045 views

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Performance by Dan Zhu
(00:19:42) 114 views

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The Cloisters: Part Four
(00:17:19) 146 views

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The Cloisters: Part Three
(00:15:56) 149 views

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The Cloisters: Part Two
(00:17:40) 322 views

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The Cloisters: Part One
(00:17:14) 941 views

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Eros, God of Love
(00:49:32) 1612 views

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The Arts of the Book
(00:29:25) 184 views

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Revealing the Original
(00:25:21) 153 views

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Iraq Now! Sunday at the Met
(01:06:58) 99 views