Over 27 days in 1913, a half million New Yorkers visited the 69th Regiment Armory at Lexington Avenue and 25th Street and came face-to-face with modern art for the first time. “Everybody went and everybody talked about it,” wrote photographer and author Carl Van Vechten. “One may meet with ridicule, rage, helpless questioning and savage enthusiasm, but not with indifference,” opined the New York Evening Post
. Former President Theodore Roosevelt (LAW 1882) reportedly stormed through the galleries proclaiming, “That’s not art!” . . .
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