The 2013 Armory Show centennial provided a unique moment to celebrate and reflect upon the meaning and significance of this seminal event in American art history. Several notable exhibitions, including the New York Historical Society’s The Armory Show at 100 and Montclair Art Museum’s The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913, offered visitors an opportunity to encounter some of the art work displayed during the original exhibition. In a sign of the times, the Art Institute of Chicago and others offered visitors a virtual experience of the exhibition. Despite these commemorations, Jed Perl wrote in the New Republic that exhibitions, like the one held in New York, “never really caught on with the public or the critics” (para. 1). In his own estimate of this underwhelming response, Perl suggests that “there is not much left to say about it in our battle-scarred postmodern period. The feeling...

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