Beaux Arts Ball 2013: –ism

In 1913, an art exhibition opened in New York City that shocked the country, shattered perceptions of beauty, and shifted the American cultural landscape forever. “The International Exhibition of Modern Art” became known simply and infamously as “The Armory Show,” after its venue­, the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue. It was a show of clashing and competing “–isms:” Cubism, Modernism, Realism, Futurism, Fauvism…

On September 28, 2013, The Architectural League of New York celebrated the centennial of this historic event with a spectacular party in the same space. For one night, an architectural installation, processional performance, and original music coalesced in a highly charged and evocative environment to transform the Lexington Avenue Armory once again.

The video above documents this memorable event and looks back at the inspirations and concepts behind the theme, the installation of the architectural environment at the 69th Regiment Armory by Situ Studio, and the creation of the giant puppetry performance by Processional Arts Workshop.

Interviews include: Gabriel Silberblatt and Ian Veidenheimer, The Architectural League; Aleksey Lukyanov-Cherny, Situ Studio; Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, Processional Arts Workshop

Video produced by Ben Neufeld


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