2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the International Exhibition of Modern Art, better known today as the Armory Show. A landmark event in the history of art, this monumental exhibition showcased the works of the most radical European artists of the day alongside those of their progressive American contemporaries. Presented differently at each of its three venues—New York (69th Regiment Armory, February 17–March 15), Chicago (Art Institute of Chicago, March 24–April 16), and Boston (Copley Society, April 23–May 14)—the exhibition introduced a broad spectrum of the American public to the visual language of European modernism, forever changing the aesthetic landscape for American artists, collectors, critics, and arts institutions.
The Art Institute of Chicago enjoys the unique distinction of having been the only art museum to host the Armory Show during its tour of the United States. As such, it was also the first museum to exhibit the works of modern artists including Constantin Brâncusi, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. This site explores the organization, presentation, reception, and impact of the Armory Show in Chicago and celebrates the city's important place in the early history of modern art in America.