Notable Cultural Events

Notable Cultural Events

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1877: Whistler’s suit against John Ruskin for libel


1895: Oscar Wilde trial


First performance of Jarry’s King Ubu

  • Date: December 10, 1896
  • Location: Paris


The Dreyfus affair

  • Dreyfus trial: 1894-1899
  • Alfred Dreyfus, Zola’s essay “J’accuse”


First performance of Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World

  • Date: 1907
  • Location: Dublin


The First and Second Post-impressionist Shows (1910, 1912):

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  • Related figures: Roger Fry


The Armory Show

  • Date: Feb. 17 to March 15, 1913
  • Location: 69th Regiment Armory, Lexington Ave., NYC
  • Related figures: Marcel Duchamp (“Nude Descending a Staircase”)
  • Related keyterms: cubism, fauvism, impressionism, scandal


The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps): ballet

  • Date: (premier) May 29, 1913
  • Location: Paris
  • Related figures: Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Diaghilev, Vaslav Nijinsky (Ballets Russes)
  • Keyterms: pagan ritual, primitivism


Premier of Parade (ballet)

  • Date: 1917
  • Location:
  • Related figures: Jean Cocteau, Pablo Picasso, Erik Satie,  Sergei Diaghilev


Translation of Russian literature into English

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  • Related figures: Constance Garnett
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