Lecture on 1913 culture shock set for Sept. 19

Americans today may be shocked by Miley Cyrus’ twerking but in 1913 it was culture shock that gripped the nation and a lecture about this time period will be given by Sara Fishko on Sept. 19 at the Greenwich Historical Society’s 2013 Annual Meeting.

This period of culture shock began when the traditional culture of the 1800s finally began breaking apart in earnest. Big cities, more noise, violence and machines started to become a party of daily life. What’s more, artists were responding to these changes by making jarring, Cubist paintings and composers were writing thrusting, rhythmic, harshly dissonant music.

The world seemed shaky and uncertain, and riots and fistfights began erupting in the concert hall and at the ballet.

During the lecture, Ms. Fishko of WNYC, New York Public Radio, will reflect on this defining period in history and explore the development of Modernist art and culture in the early 20th century.

Ms. Fishko is an executive producer and host at WNYC, specializing in culture. Her long-running series Fishko Files has become a staple of WNYC’s cultural programming, tackling a broad range of subjects. The pieces run on Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as Studio 360 and On The Media. She has won multiple awards from The Deadline Club, The Newswomen’s Club of New York, The Associated Press and more.

A cocktail reception will take place prior to the meeting and lecture. The event takes place at the Indian Harbor Yacht Club, 710 Steamboat Road. The reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m.

Admission to the reception and program is $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Reservations required. For more information visit Greenwichhistory.org or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10.

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