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Meet the Director & Florine Stettheimer Lecture

  • 11 Apr 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Scarab Club
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Thursday, April 11, 2019
5:30 pm | Reception
7 pm | Lecture

There is no charge for this event  | Kindly RSVP, since space is limited

Meet the Executive Director, MaryAnn Wilkinson

Reception and Florine Stettheimer Lecture

Please join us at the Scarab Club to welcome our new Executive Director, MaryAnn Wilkinson. Well known in the local arts community, she plans to bring a new balance between the contemporary and historic and aspects of our 100-year-old artists’ club. Since January 2012, she was the Exhibition Director at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Prior to her work at the University, she built a curatorial career over more than 25 years at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she was head of the Modern and Contemporary Art department and Curator of European Modern Art. At the DIA, she specialized in European and American modern painting, sculpture, and decorative arts, while also documenting and exhibiting the work of local, national, and international contemporary artists. After the cocktail reception, she will present an informal lecture: Behind the Pink Cellophane Curtain: The Fantasies of Florine Stettheimer.

Behind the Pink Cellophane Curtain:
The Fantasy World of Florine Stettheimer
Speaker: MaryAnn Wilkinson

Florine Stettheimer, New York socialite and avid painter, lived a charmed life. She and her two artistic sisters were part of the avant-garde scene of painters, musicians, and poets in New York between the world wars. She counted Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Georgia O’Keeffe among her friends and often included their likenesses in her paintings. Long dismissed as an untrained and trivial artist, she has become renowned for the vibrant and exuberant fantasies of New York life that she began to put on canvas after 1916. Behind the Pink Cellophane Curtain: The Fantasy World of Florine Stettheimer will explore not only the relationship between imagination and reality in her canvases, but also her singular studio, where her dynamic artistic life is revealed.

The Clyde Burroughs lecture series is generously supported by Frances & Nick Pavlovics.

The Scarab Club is supported in part by awards from the Kresge Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the National  Endowment for the Arts.

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