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The Big Show: A 100-Year Legacy: Lecture by Art Historian William C. Agee Professor William C. Agee will address the legacy of the 1913 Armory Show in America, focusing primarily on Henri Matisse and Marcel Duchamp. Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase was a source of outrage and bemusement at the Armory Show, yet what is less known is that Matisse's Red Studio (1911) received equal abuse. What's more, Matisse's entire wall's worth of paintings (Duchamp exhibited only one) was the subject of such controversy that it led to his being hung in effigy! Agee will compare Matisse's impact on American art vis-à-vis Duchamp's, focusing on how Red Studio in particular galvanized such diverse artists as Stuart Davis, Charles Sheeler, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol, inspiring them to explore new approaches to color and form. Agee will share examples of their work and talk about subsequent exhibitions to shed new light on oft-forgotten aspects of the Armory Show's legacy. William Agee received degrees from Princeton and Yale and has taught at Hunter College for 25 years, where he holds the Evelyn Kranes Kossak Endowed Chair as Professor of Art History. He specializes in modern art in America from 1900 to 1970 and has published numerous articles, catalogues and monographs on the subject. He is currently preparing a book for Phaidon Press, Modern Art in America 1908-1968. Prior to teaching at Hunter, Agee held directorships in museums in Houston and California and was a curator at the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 7:30-8:45 pm. The Gallery will open prior to the lecture at 6:30 pm $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers.