A Double-Header of Art History

On Monday, July 17, I attended a double-header of art lectures. The first was the last one at Hutton House in a series “Art with a College Degree” about the great art collections at some of the American colleges and universities.  It was Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Museum collection with its extraordinary multi century collection, spanning 1400s thru 1900s and more current. We only covered the Middle-Ages thru the 20th Century.  Professor Marc Kopman didn’t miss a beat, and didn’t dissuade questions. He had an answer for everything within reach, as he is a knowledgeable art historian who kept us at the edges of our seats as we toured the various museum collections over the past month. I highly recommend Hutton House courses and lectures at CWPost/LIU. The course are not pricey and they are on  abroad range of topics.

We saw many paintings with religious themes in the vast and diverse collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

…Off to Lawrence, NY to the Peninsula Library for a lecture by Metropolitan Museum’s Vivian Gordon. It was about Florine Stettheimer, a high society artist who knew Gertrude Stein, Arthur Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keefe and many more of the “artists” in theatre, literature, art and photography, dance and music in the 1920s and 1930s in New York City. She had them to her salon, and paintings by her portrayed these friends.  Her sister Eddie donated her paintings to various museums after Florine died . The Jewish Museum in NYC is showing a retrospective of her poetry and artwork (May 5-September 24, 2017).  Her humor in expressionistic group portraits was intriguing and each person in the paintings of her social circle could be identified during the lecture. She was urged by Alfred Stieglitz to show her paintings in his gallery and refused. What if she had done so? What was her reason for refusal?  I wondered if the lech had wanted more, as we learned about Stieglitz and O’Keefe in our Art Couples lecture the previous week in another lecture. Because my mother was a painter of people and expressionistic with it, I appreciated the unconstrained style of painting. I am including only a few of the many  images we viewed. Please do take a trip to the Jewish Museum and see the show.  Like Stieglitz Stettheimer was Jewish, although not practicing and assimilated and acculturated into New York’s High Society, particularly Florine’s salon.

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Work by Florine Stettheimer
Family portrait by Florine Stettheimer

 

Florine Stettheimer
Spring Sale at Bendel’s, 1921
Oil on canvas, 50 x 40 in. (127 x 101.6 cm). Her most famous painting.

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