DePaul’s Mark Pohlad Gives Historical Perspective to 1913 ‘Armory Show’

CHICAGO–(ENEWSPF)–April 24, 2013.  Why did the 1913 Armory Show shock, insult and anger Chicagoans so much? DePaul’s Mark Pohlad, associate professor of the history of art and architecture at DePaul University, talks about why the show incited such strong emotion in Chicagoans.

Pohlad spoke about the Armory Show’s sensational splash on the Chicago art scene during DePaul Art Minute, a video short that provides a forum for DePaul professors to relate their expertise to artwork at the DePaul Art Museum. Similar to TEDtalks’ mission to spread great ideas, the DePaul Art Minute gives DePaul faculty members the opportunity to discuss their ideas on artwork at the museum.

The Armory Show, so named because it was first held in New York City’s 69th Regiment Armory, introduced a stunned America to avant-garde European art, including Post-Impressionism, Cubism and abstraction, Pohlad said.

The DePaul Art Museum’s “For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100” reunites some of the prints, drawings and paintings from the 1913 exhibition and examines the historical moment, which had ramifications in the Chicago art world for decades. The show runs through June 16.

“In 1913, most people thought that Impressionism was about the most avant-garde art they could imagine,” Pohlad said.