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Art Museum examines introduction of modern art

A century after The Armory Show made a sensational splash on the Chicago art scene, the DePaul Art Museum examines that historical moment in "For and Against Modern Art: The Armory Show + 100."

Some of the prints, drawings and paintings from the exhibition that introduced America to avant-garde European art have been reunited for the DePaul Art Museum exhibition, which runs through June 16. Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Odilon Redon, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec are among the featured artists.

"Post-impressionism, cubism and abstraction seem unremarkable now, but the intensity–and polarity–of the critical reception had ramifications in the Chicago art world for decades," says Louise Lincoln, director of the DePaul Art Museum and curator of the exhibition. "Although it was in Chicago for only 23 days, it drew 189,000 visitors–more than the attendance in New York or Boston, its final venue. But it was in the Windy City that the most intense reaction to the new art occurred."

"The 2013 centenary offers the opportunity not only to draw attention to this remarkable episode in Chicago's history, but also to examine issues about art that are challenging or offensive to some viewers."

Information about programs and events related to the exhibition is available at museums.depaul.edu/news/calendar/.