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Florine Stettheimer, 1930, Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Ettie Stettheimer

Florine Stetheimer:
The Love Flight of a Pink Candy Heart
Nancy Rivard Shaw, Curator Emerita American Art, Detroit Institute of Arts

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6 pm | Cocktails
7 pm | Dinner
8 pm | Lecture

Florine Stettheimer socialized within the same milieu as her contemporary, fellow artist and museum founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, becoming a fixture among the New York avant-garde. She studied in New York and Paris and her lesser known early work recalls the realist traditions of the Ashcan School.  Yet, she is best known for the vibrant and exuberant palette of the fantasies that she begins to lay down on canvas after 1916. Behind the Pink Cellophane Curtain: The Fantasy World of Florine Stettheimer will explore not only the imagined often autobiographical worlds found in her canvases, but also the studio she created, where to a good extent, she brought that world to life.

Nancy Rivard Shaw, Curator Emerita of American Art, Detroit
Institute of Arts (DIA) and an independent scholar specializing in late 19th and early 20th century American art.  Among the major exhibitions Shaw has contributed to are:  “John Singer Sargent and the Edwardian Age” (1979), “The Quest for Unity: American Art Between World’s Fairs” (1983), and “American Art from the Manoogian Collection” (1989).  She co-organized “From the Hudson River School to Impressionism: American Art from the Manoogian Collection” (1997) and prepared the scholarly catalogue that accompanied it.

Shaw has published extensively on the DIA’s collections, and has contributed essays and articles to numerous publications and exhibition catalogues.  She has also lectured at various museums in the United States and Japan on the DIA’s collections, and on the private collection of American Art owned by fellow Detroiter Richard A. Manoogian. Recent publications include Calm in the Shadow of the Shadow of the Palmetto & Magnolia: Southern Art from the Charleston Renaissance Gallery (2003), American Paintings in the Detroit Institute of Arts, vol. III (2005), and Spot: Southern Works on Paper (2008).

In 1998, Shaw moved with her husband, Dr. Danny W. Shaw, to Beaufort, South Carolina, and turned her attention to Southern Art, particularly impressionism, which evolved separately from the North. She has written extensively on such well-known painters as Elliott Daingerfield, as well as more obscure figures like Kelly Fitzpatrick, Lawrence Mazzanovich, Elizabeth Verner, and Bayard Wootten.

Since relocating to Florida in 2004, Shaw has lectured and published on a wide range of art historical subjects, including Eliel Saarinen and the Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Michigan artist Frederick Frieseke, and artistic impressions of the Southern landscape.

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