Along the way, he picked up New York was home to a mere smattering of progressive galleries, while the “few public art museums in American cities functioned as little more than shrines to the Kuhn and Davies had both studied in Europe and developed a strong appreciation for the groundbreaking developments that were taking place there, particularly in Paris. Those who did that projected the future of American culture into a no-man’s land, which we are still struggling with today. They did not appreciate that the style—with its flatness, semi-abstraction, phlegmatic brushwork and strong colors—was based upon something much deeper and disturbing in the European soul. Both also had ambitious dreams of altering the very fabric of American art and culture. The The real problem of [American] modernity is the problem of belief. Published 1913 by the Association in New YorkThe original exhibition was an overwhelming success. The Cubist room, Gallery 53 (northeast view), Art Institute of Chicago, March 24–April 16, 1913. America was the most advanced modern civilization in the world. The show came to Chicago and ran from March 24 through April 16 and had its final venue in Boston through the Copley Society, April 23 through May 14. Nude Descending a Staircase, No. The avant-garde launched a final attempt to transcend what had gone wrong with a culture that was increasingly staid and artificial. Nevertheless, the Armory Show came as a shock to most Chicagoans, provoking a raucous response ranging from moral posturing and parody in the press to honest outrage. In brief, the media perceived the exhibition as a promotion of anarchy, insanity, and immorality, and even the American President Theodore Roosevelt said that it is not art. The most shocking painting on display was Marcel Duchamp's American artists, sculptors, writers and architects absorbed the style of European modernism—the façade—but not the self-destructive truth that Europeans, especially the French (then the leaders of Western culture), made the center of their thinking and art. The Armory Show was sort of a scandalous sensation, although it had a nice response with postcards of fifty-seven works being dispersed. A visit of an investigator to the show and his report on the pictures caused Lieutenant Governor Barratt O'Hara to order an immediate examination of the entire exhibition. "We will not condemn the international exhibit without an impartial investigation," said the lieutenant governor today. They could not adapt to the European vision. The Rise and Fall of American Modernism 10. Vivian Suter’s Paintings Bring the Forests of Guatemala to BerlinTowards the end of that year, Kuhn formed a society of artists who would stand in direct opposition to the Academy. When the exhibition traveled to Chicago, effigies were burned in the streets by mobs of college students. Europeans invented modernist art. Just a few months later, in early 1912, Walter Pach, Walt Kuhn, and Arthur B. Davies and a significant number of their peers organized the Association of American Painters and Sculptors (AAPS) aimed In late 1911, Henry Fitch Taylor, Jerome Myers, Elmer Livingston MacRae, and Walt Kuhn had an early meeting The main reason why The Armory Show is so historically significant lays in the fact that it introduced the Americans accustomed to realistic art It is a situation which brings us back to nihilism; lacking a past or a future, there is only a void.11. Americans were not modernists at heart. The media declared, in the bombastic terms usually reserved for the outbreak of war or collapse of the stock market, “that it shocked the country, changed our perception of beauty and had a profound effect on artists and collectors.”Organized by Walt Kuhn, Arthur B. Davies, Walter Pach and several other American artists, the “International Exhibition of Modern Art” introduced the giants of European modernism to America.