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May 5, 2017 to September 24, 2017


The Jewish Museum
1109 5th Avenue
New York  New York  10028
United States
Jewish Museum

Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry

Florine Stettheimer, Self-Portrait with Palette (Painter and Faun), undated. Oil on canvas. 60 x 71⅞ in. (152.4 x 182.6 cm). Art Properties, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York. Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967

The artist Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944) is an icon of Jazz Age New York. Born to a wealthy Jewish family in Rochester, she studied at the Art Students League in New York City and then in Europe, where she encountered two profound influences: the Symbolist painters and poets and, on the eve of the Great War, the Ballets Russes. Returning to Manhattan, she hosted an elite salon together with her sisters Carrie and Ettie and their mother, Rosetta, attracting many of the leading lights of the artistic vanguard. Her circle included Alfred Stieglitz, Carl Van Vechten, Georgia O’Keeffe, Elie Nadelman, Gaston Lachaise, and many others. Among her intimate friends was Marcel Duchamp.

Through over 50 paintings and drawings, a selection of costume and theater designs, photographs and ephemera, as well as critically acclaimed poems, the Jewish Museum will offer a timely reconsideration of this important American artist, revealing Stettheimer's singular and often satiric vision and significant role in American modern art. The exhibition highlights the artist's distinctly personal style of painting, Stettheimer's position amidst New York's artistic elite and avant-gardes, and her continued influence on artistic practice today.

Through September 24, visitors to the Jewish Museum receive complimentary same-day admission to the Museum of the City of New York(on 5th Ave at 103rd Street) to view the Stettheimer Dollhouse, created by Carrie Walter Stettheimer, by presenting their printed Jewish Museum admission ticket at the Museum of the City of New York admission desk.

Participate in 45-minute gallery discussions related to the exhibition led by Education Department staff, Fridays at 2 pm: 

May 12 and 19
June 9 and 23
July 14 and 28

Click here for more information on a dialogue and discourse about this exhibition.