"No such thing as this Show has ever happened to America before. [Arthur B.] Davies agrees with me that America is the new soil and that the game is most interesting at home. Paris is a hot-house where they raise beautiful orchids and other wondrous plants but the rugged old pine grows best in arid climes."
Walt Kuhn, in a letter to his wife Vera. The “Show” he is referring to is the Armory Show, an exhibit primarily organized by him, Davies, and Walter Pach, which has its 100th anniversary next year. An uprooted pine tree served as the emblem for the exhibit. Read more about the emblem and the beginnings of the Armory Show on our blog today, and see more of our definitive collection of primary source materials relating to the show in our online exhibit, The Story of the Armory Show.
Walt Kuhn letter to Vera Kuhn, pp. 4-5, November 11, 1912. 8 p. : handwritten ; 18 x 27 cm. open. Walt Kuhn, Kuhn family papers, and Armory Show records, 1859-1978, bulk 1900-1949. Archives of American Art.