Modernism

The Armory Show Made Modern Art Something You Love to Hate
Against the cult of novelty
February 15, 2014

100 years ago, the cult of novelty was born. 

The Crisis in Contemporary Ballet
How emotion left dance
October 04, 2013

It is mystifying to find choreographers today taking form so seriously but leaving feeling behind. Is this a slow trailing off from modernism or a misconceived tribute to the idea of abstraction, or is it the beginning of a new way of thinking?

From the Stacks: “Ulysses”
July 5, 1922
August 16, 2013

On August 16, 1922, Virginia Woolf penned a passage in her diary panning James Joyce's Ulysses. But New Republic editor Edmund Wilson would have disagreed with her—he, instead, praised it as a "work of high genius." In memoriam of Woolf's legendary take-down, a reprint of Wilson's original review.

From the Stacks: “In Memoriam—Alfred Hitchcock”
July 26, 1980
August 13, 2013

When Alfred Hitchcock died, Mark Crispin Miller wrote this impassioned defense of Hitchcock's legacy against the onslaught of his critics, citing him as "among the greatest artists of this century."

Becoming T. S. Eliot, for Better and for Worse
Eliot's Letters from 1926-1927
March 04, 2013

Now that we know so much about Eliot, are we still so curious about him?

How Baudelaire Revolutionized Modern Literature
Humiliation as a Way of Life
February 21, 2013

Baudelaire thought that everything natural was corrupt. This perverse, humiliating belief changed the face of literature.