Archives of American Art Announces New Website about the 1913 Armory Show

The Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art has launched 1913 Armory Show: The Story in Primary Sources at, a website celebrating the centennial of the International Exhibition of Modern Art. Popularly known as the Armory Show, it was first major exhibition of European modern art in the United States, opening in New York Feb. 17, 1913, then travelling to Chicago and Boston. The complete story of the 1913 Armory Show cannot be told without the Archives of American Art; the Archives holds the largest accumulation of primary sources, ranging from the official records of the Association of American Painters and Sculptors, the group that organized the show, to the personal papers of artists who participated in the exhibition.

The new website features an interactive timeline of more than 150 letters, postcards, photographs and rare printed materials dating from December 1911 to May 1914 that tell the inside story of this landmark exhibition from the personal perspective of the key organizers, and it provides the firsthand—and often irreverent—accounts of visitors to the show.

The Archives of American Art is the world’s pre-eminent resource dedicated to collecting and preserving the papers and primary records of the visual arts in America. For more information, visit the Archives website at