Filmmaker Richard Miller will present and talk about his new film, The Show That Shook the World: Marcel Duchamp and the 1913 Armory Show, at the Blue Hill Public Library at 7:00 PM on Friday June 20. Reportedly, “one of the most influential events in the history of modern art,” occurred on February 17, 1913 at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue in New York. A huge exhibition of modern art, featuring a large selection of “unknown” Europeans such as Picasso, Matisse and Gauguin, drew 80,000 viewers.
The show created a big stir and drew much negative criticism, including the now iconic painting, Nude Descending a Staircase, by Marcel Duchamp who did a presentation about the 1913 show at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica, NY, 50 years later. Filmmaker Richard Miller was on the staff at the Institute and filmed Duchamp’s presentation in 1963, now the centerpiece of his new film. In it Duchamp discusses a number of the works that were on display in the Armory show.
A retired marketing consultant, Richard Miller is the author of two books on international marketing. He is a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked in professional theatre and TV production for many years.
This event is sponsored by the Library. There is no charge, and everyone is welcome. For more information, call the Library at 374-5515.