Decenter: An exhibition on Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show

When 17 Feb 2013 - 7 Apr 2013
Where Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand Street
New York, NY
United States

February 17 – April 7 2013

Panel Discussion: Sunday, February 17, 4-6pm

1913 Armory Show Centennial Event,  followed by opening reception

Press Release:

Curated by Andrianna Campbell and Daniel S.Palmer

Artists: Cory Arcangel, Tony Cokes, Douglas Coupland, David Kennedy Cutler, N. Dash, MichaelDelucia, Jessica Eaton, Franklin Evans, Amy Feldman, Andrea Geyer, David Gilbert, EthanGreenbaum, Gregor Hildebrandt, Butt Johnson, John Houck, Barbara Kasten, Andrew Kuo, Liz MagicLaser, Douglas Melini, Ulrike Mohr, Brenna Murphy, John Newman, Gabriel Orozco, Rafaël Rozendaal,Seher Shah, Travess Smalley, Sara VanDerBeek(New York, NY) Henry Street Settlement’s Abrons Arts Center is proud to present DECENTER: AnExhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, curated by Andrianna Campbell and DanielS. Palmer. Opening February 17, 2013 and on view through April 7, the exhibition celebrates the legacyof the Cubist paintings and sculptures in the historic 1913 Armory Show by featuring a group of 27emerging and internationally recognized contemporary artists, who explore the changes in perceptionprecipitated by our digital age and who closely parallel the Cubist vernacular of fragmentation,nonlinearity, simultaneity, and decenteredness. The show exhibits a group of artworks in the gallery, andalso features digital works displayed at

The exhibition commences on the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show, Sunday, February 17, with a 1913 Armory Show Centennial Event, which will feature panel discussions about the 1913 exhibition,as well as the theme of perception and art in the digital age, followed by an opening reception. TheAbrons Arts Center gallery, which was established in 1963 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of theArmory Show, is located at 466 Grand Street, New York, NY.

At the 1913 Armory Show, the Association of American Painters and Sculptors showcased the “NewSpirit” of modern art. A backlash of scathing criticism showed how baffled the general American publicwas by the seeds of abstraction in the Cubist artworks, which quickly became a shorthand expression forthe structural changes brought about by modernity. They not only redefined artistic practice, but alsoaltered our understanding of the process through which we perceive the world. On its 100th anniversary,we will celebrate the Armory Show by posing the question: What is the legacy of Cubism in the hundredyears since the Armory Show’s radical display of modern art, and especially, how has this becomerelevant today?

Accordingly, this exhibition celebrates the centenary of the groundbreaking Armory Show by assemblingartworks that analyze the digital revolution and the ways it has affected our perception of the world.Artists as varied as Sara VanDerBeek, Gabriel Orozco, Liz Magic Laser, and Abrons AIRspaceresidency program alumna Amy Feldman evoke the formal innovations of the historic avant-garde butdiffer through an embrace or flirtation with digital mediation. Artists today like Andrew Kuo, TonyCokes, and Cory Arcangel are inspired by the inter-cultural circulation of images, ideas, and data in aworldwide network. While Pablo Picasso and fellow Cubists combined archaic Western forms andappropriated exotica to shatter inherited modes of representation, today ubiquitous computing and thedigital image explosion create an intersection of the physical and the virtual, and in doing so, havedecentered the locus of artistic praxis.

Although the far-reaching historical significance of the Armory Show was examined through a partialre-creation on its fiftieth anniversary in 1963 (sponsored by Henry Street Settlement, at which point theycreated our venue – the Abrons Arts Center), even then, scholars acknowledged that the exhibition’ssocial import could not be replicated simply by re-staging the show. In order to honor that “New Spirit,”and the collaborative process through which the 27 members of the Association of American Paintersand Sculptors organized this radical exhibit, our 2013 show will display a group of artworks in the gallery,and also feature a corresponding online component of digital works. This web-based portion of the showwill grow as artists invite others to contribute in a process that highlights the diversity and expansivenessof the 1913 show’s legacy as it relates to our world today.

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