By Matthew Joseph Bruccoli
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The trust busting of the previous decade, along with ongoing journalistic muckraking that exposed the ills of American society, set the stage for the rise of liberal, even radical, political activity in the early 1910s. The Progressive movement, which was strongest from 1903 to 1917, drew public attention to health, education, and other social issues; suffragists claimed that giving women the vote would ensure the passage of laws to address these concerns. Americans realized that some sort of change was needed to make the country more economically equitable, and most people were suspicious of big business.
For many Americans the show is their first opportunity to see works of avant-garde modern art. ARTS 27 IMPORTANT EVENTS OF THE 1910S 24 Mar. The million-dollar, eighteen-hundred-seat Palace Theatre opens on Seventh Avenue between Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Streets in New York City, charging a top ticket price of two dollars, twice that of other vaudeville theaters. 1 Apr. With admission costing as much as one dollar a ticket, Quo Vadis, an eight-reel movie made in Italy, opens at the Astor Theatre in New York City, beginning a twenty-two-week run and fueling Americans' desires for longer movies.
Later that year the Society of Independent Artists was founded with the same goal as the AAPS, discovering and advancing new styles and artists. Its first exhibition, in 1917, was bigger than the Armory Show. More than twenty-five hundred works by some thirteen hundred artists were exhibited at the Grand Central Palace in New York City. It was not as successful critically or financially. Again critics were up in arms over Marcel Duchamp, who, under the pseudonym of Richard Mutt, had submitted a urinal as a piece of sculpture called Fountain.
American Decades 1910-1919 (American Decades) by Matthew Joseph Bruccoli