1913 Armory Show: The Story in Primary Sources


Selected Bibliography

This page provides a selection of additional resources related to the history and legacy 1913 Armory Show; it should not be considered comprehensive.

Primary Sources from the Archives of American Art

Armory Show floor plan
Armory Show floor plan, October 1912, from the Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Articles in the Archives of American Art Journal

In Winter 2013, the Archives of American Art Journal published a special 1913 Armory Show issue devoted to the centennial of the exhibition, containing the following essays:

  • Darcy Tell, "The Armory Show at 100: Primary Documents"
  • Jenifer Dismukes, "The Geometric Show"
  • Laurette E. McCarthy, "Armory Show: New Perspectives and Recent Rediscoveries"
  • Charles H. Duncan, "The Story of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Armory Show"
  • Michael R. Taylor, "Marcel Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase [No. 2] and the 1913 Armory Show Scandal Revisited"
  • Darcy Tell, "Beefsteak Dinner"

Periodically, other scholars and curators have published essays related to the 1913 Armory Show in the Archives of American Art Journal. Back issues are available through the University of Chicago Press (link opens in new window) or through JSTOR (link opens in new window).

  • Milton W. Brown, "Walt Kuhn's Armory Show" Archives of American Art Journal, Vol. 27, No. 2, The Seventy–Fifth Anniversary of the Armory Show (1987), pp. 3–11 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1557428
  • Laurette E. McCarthy, "The 'Truths' about the Armory Show: Walter Pach's Side of the Story" Archives of American Art Journal, Vol. 44, No. 3/4 (2004), pp. 2–13 http://www.jstor.org/stable/25435091
  • Garnett McCoy, "The Walt Kuhn Papers" Archives of American Art Journal, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct., 1965), pp. 1–6 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1557084
  • Garnett McCoy, "The Post Impressionist Bomb" Archives of American Art Journal, Vol. 20, No. 1 (1980), pp. 12–17 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1557493
  • Garnett McCoy, "The Armory Show: A Selection of Primary Documents" Archives of American Art Journal , Vol. 27, No. 2, The Seventy–Fifth Anniversary of the Armory Show (1987), pp. 12–33 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1557429
  • "Milton Brown 1911–1998 Appreciation" Archives of American Art Journal, Vol. 37, No. 1/2 (1997), p. 64 http://www.jstor.org/stable/1557826


The 1913 Armory Show was among the most significant episodes in history of American Art. As such, it repeatedly appears in major surveys, textbooks, and other accounts of modern art and U.S. history. Several authors have focussed their attention specifically on the exhibition and relied heavily on materials from the Archives of American Art's collections:

2013 Exhibitions and Programs

  • D.C. Moore Gallery, Walt Kuhn Opening Reception with a Special Reading of Kuhn's Letters by Actor Michael Murphy, February 7, 2013
  • Montclair Art Museum, The New Spirit: American Art in the Armory Show, 1913, February 17–June 16, 2013
  • Abrons Arts Center, DECENTER: An Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, February 17–April 7, 2013
  • Coffee and Conversation, Francis Naumann, dealer, with Charles H. Duncan, Archives of American Art New York collector, March 7, 2013
  • Greenwich Historical Society, The New Spirit and the Cos Cob Art Colony: Before and After The Armory Show, October 9, 2013 to January 14, 2014
  • New York Historical Society, The Armory Show at 100, October 11, 2012–February 23, 2014
  • Sarah Fishko, "Fishko Files's" year-long special on WNYC's Culture Shock 1913 , December 6, 2012 and ongoing.
  • Art Institute of Chicago, on-line exhibition: The Armory Show, ongoing