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A Closer Look: Florine Stettheimer

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Welcome to the Jewish Museum, a museum in New York City at the intersection of art and Jewish culture for people of all backgrounds. Whether you visit our home in the elegant Warburg mansion on Museum Mile, or engage with us online, there is something for everyone. Through our exhibitions, programs, and collection of nearly 30,000 works of art, ceremonial objects, and media, visitors can journey through 4,000 years of art and Jewish culture from around the world.


As an art museum representing the diversity of Jewish culture and identity, the Jewish Museum believes in free expression and an open society. We embrace multiple viewpoints regardless of race, gender, national origin, or religion, and we oppose discrimination in all its forms.


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From the Blog

The Diversity of the Jewish and LGBTQ Experience Read More

For the month of June, the Jewish Museum invited writer and activist Adam Eli to explore works of art in the Jewish Museum collection that celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month through four themes: persecution, empathy, activism, and the diversity of identity. The series kicks off with highlights of works by LGBTQ artists that celebrate all types of identities and expressions of gender.

I believe that one can be gay and Jewish without having to compromise on either of those identities. I decided to collaborate with the Jewish Museum for Pride Month because it is a space where I can enjoy my Jewish heritage without feeling slighted for being gay, and because it is an institution that embraces my LGBTQ family.

The Jewish Museum collection of nearly 30,000 objects tells the story of the Jewish people while discussing themes that are relevant to all of humanity. One can look at the Jewish Museum collection and see a series of objects that correspond to different chapters of Jewish history. For me, I see a story that is cohesive despite its many narrators: it is a story about community, smoked fish, true love, Barbra Streisand, and family, among other things. It is simultaneously an account of triumph over evil, and a cautionary tale. The Jewish Museum collection, the gay community, and the Jewish people are all charged with compassion, and strengthened by diversity.

Adi Nes, Untitled, Soldiers, 1996. Purchase: Omega Philanthropic Fund.

Adi Nes’s Untitled photograph from his 1996 Soldiers series raises questions about masculinity. While the over-eroticized positioning of the subject’s body could easily be read as a study or worship of the male physique, the military background (a predominantly masculine space), invites the viewer to ask, what does masculinity mean, and what damage is it responsible for?”

Gay Block, Malka Drucker, A Recontextualized Ketubbah, 1994. Gift of the artists.

In 1994, artists Gay Block and Malka Drucker collaborated on A Recontextualized Ketubbah, imposing a photograph from their wedding ceremony onto a 1751 ketubbah (marriage contract) from Livorno in the Jewish Museum collection. I love this work because it shows how the women looked to—but updated—tradition and ritual to celebrate their love.

Chantal Joffe, Claude Cahun, 2014. Purchase: Gift of the Kagan-Katz-Kivel Families.

Chantal Joffe’s portrait of Claude Cahun celebrates the French Jewish writer and photographer, and the artist’s resistance to gender norms. Cahun was known for her self-portraits and androgynous appearance. She was ahead of her time, and fought the constraints of the gender binary in a time when few people dared. This portrait celebrates Cahun’s resistance, and all those fighting that same fight today.

— Adam Eli, Guest Contributor


The Diversity of the Jewish and LGBTQ Experience was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

An Extravagant Crowd: Florine Stettheimer and Friends in... Read More

Florine Stettheimer, Studio Party (Soirée), 1917–19. Oil on canvas. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven

Among the many talents of artist Florine Stettheimer (1871–1944) was her gift for cultivating an elite artists circle of American culture. At the height of the Jazz Age, during the 1920s and 30s, she drew the brightest stars into the warm glow of her friendship and documented some of these gatherings in her vivid and charming paintings. Filled with historical references and biographical clues about her subjects and herself, the rich life Florine led both in and out of the studio was reflected in the wide range of people in her artwork.

Florine Stettheimer’s studio at the Beaux-Arts Building, New York, photograph by Peter A. Juley & Son, 1944. Image provided by Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Photograph Archives, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC

Stettheimer held salons — where art, photography, music, theater, and literature converged — at her Manhattan home in the ornate Alwyn Court residence, at 182 W. 58th St., or her studio near the New York Public Library on Bryant Park. Her gift for friendship was bestowed on some of the greatest artists of her age. In turn, these friends were often a source of inspiration for her paintings and poetry. Stettheimer’s muses surrounded her, beginning with her own family — sisters Ettie and Carrie, also both artists — and their beloved mother, Rosetta.

Beginning in 1916 Florine initiated what she called a “birthday party,” at her studio or residence, to introduce the latest creations to her circle of artists and friends. Stettheimer’s painting Studio Party is a portrait of such a gathering. Among the habitués who came were the elite of the art world, and guests were both subjects and viewers. She described the gatherings in her poetry:

Our Parties
Our Parties
Our Picnics
Our Banquets
Our Friends
Have at last a raison d’etre
Seen in color and design
It amuses me
To recreate them
To paint them.

Here are a few of the people who formed Stettheimer’s inner circle and were her artistic subjects:

Florine Stettheimer, Portrait of Marcel Duchamp, 1923–1926. Oil on canvas. Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts. Gift of the Estate of Ettie and Florine Stettheimer. Image provided by Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Massachusetts. Photograph by David Stansbury

Marcel Duchamp

Marcel Duchamp appears in several paintings by Stettheimer. A star of the Dada art movement, the two artists shared a range of interests and were extremely close. Duchamp was friends with Florine’s sisters Carrie and Ettie as well (he contributed to the decoration of Carrie’s Doll House which is now at the Museum of the City of New York). A French-American painter, sculptor, and writer, he was a multi-hyphenated talent who sought for art to be as intellectually provocative as it was aesthetically pleasing.

Florine Stettheimer, Portrait of Alfred Stieglitz, 1928. Oil on canvas. 38 x26 1/4 in. (96.5 x66.7 cm). Alfred Stieglitz Collection, co-owned by Fisk University, Nashville and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Alfred Stieglitz

The photographer and gallerist was the leading cultural impresario of his day. His decisions about what to display in his gallery, An American Place, often set the standard for what would become iconic in modern art. Alfred Stieglitz was not only a close friend of Stettheimer, he offered his gallery as a venue for her work in the 1930s. Stettheimer refused him. Despite this rebuff, she was included in a 1934 retrospective of modern art at the Museum of Modern Art. Her success as a painter only came once she was well into middle-age.

Installation view of Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern at the Brooklyn Museum. Stettheimer is mentioned in the exhibition. © Jonathan Dorado.

Georgia O’Keeffe

The painter Georgia O’Keeffe (who is currently the subject of her own retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum and was married to Alfred Stieglitz) does not appear in any of Stettheimer’s paintings, but the two women were contemporaries and friends. More importantly, perhaps, they played off each other in an artistic dialogue that pushed both women creatively. Stettheimer’s Family Portrait II is a response to O’Keeffe’s Manhattan, both exploring the imagery of modernity in a changing New York.

Florine Stettheimer, Sunday Afternoon in the Country, 1917. Oil on canvas. 50 3/8 x 36 3/8 in. (128 x92.5 cm). The Cleveland Museum of Art. Gift of Ettie Stettheimer.

Edward Steichen

In this whimsical portrait of a group outing and picnic, the viewer is invited into the sense of collaboration and play that enlivened these gatherings. Steichen, an iconic photographer and curator known for his luminous black and white photography, is seen taking a portrait of Marcel Duchamp in the painting’s bottom left corner. Stettheimer’s mother, Rosetta, can be seen in the bottom right.

Florine Stettheimer, Portrait of Carl Van Vechten, 1922. Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 x26 in. (77.5 x 66 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, lent by the Florine and Ettie Stettheimer Papers, Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Carl Van Vechten

Stettheimer’s friendship with writer, photographer, and socialite Carl Van Vechten was one of her closest bonds. They became friends in 1915. Van Vechten was a central social figure in high-level artistic circles and a proponent of the Harlem Renaissance. His photographs were often keenly observed portraits of friends. He once wrote of Stettheimer:

The lady has got into her painting a very modern quality, the quality that ambitious American musicians will have to get into their compositions before anyone will listen to them. At the risk of being misunderstood, I must call this quality jazz.

For a Jazz Age icon who portrayed her friends so lovingly, there could be no greater compliment.

The exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry is on view at the Jewish Museum through September 24, 2017.

The exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern is at the Brooklyn Museum through July 23, 1017.

— Ruth Andrew Ellenson


An Extravagant Crowd: Florine Stettheimer and Friends in Jazz Age New York was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

A Family-Friendly Florine: Tips for Parents When Looking... Read More

Florine Stettheimer Family Day at the Jewish Museum. Matthew Carasella/SocialShutterbug.com

Portraits of families, summers on the beach, scenes of the Statue of Liberty, and dancing figures in costume — these are some of the playful images found in the exhibition Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry, on view at the Jewish Museum this summer. Artist Florine Stettheimer’s paintings share an exciting snapshot of New York in the Jazz Age with appeal for a multi-generational audience and families of all backgrounds.

On the occasion of Stettheimer Summer Mondays, our new weekly series of studio art workshops at the Jewish Museum inspired by the brilliant paintings and theater designs of Florine Stettheimer, here are a few easy tips for parents when exploring the exhibition with your family:

Florine Stettheimer, “Procession: Orpheus…”. Orphée of the Quat-z-arts, 1912. Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer, 1947. Image provided by The Museum of Modern Art / SCALA / Art Resource, New York

1. Ask open-ended questions.

When examining a painting together, begin with open-ended questions which encourage close looking such as: “What do you notice?” or “What is happening in this scene?” These prompts will inspire a variety of responses to build a lively discussion. You may respond with, “Tell me more about that” or “Does this remind you of something you have seen before?”

2. Choose a character.

You may also ask your child to choose a person in the work of art upon which to focus their attention. You may want to encourage your child to take their pose and/or create a sketch of this character. Stettheimer’s work is filled with surprising details. Encourage your child to discover them. Ask children to notice items people are holding, interesting clothing, or unexpected surroundings. Use these observations to spark a story about a character.

3. Focus on the details.

Think about focusing on the colors and textures Stettheimer uses in her work. Embark on a hunt for favorite colors, describe different textures, and compare what you see to what you are wearing or something in the world around you.

Be spontaneous when looking together. Allow your child to lead you to a work they are excited about, and have fun exploring it together. Download our kids gallery guide of the exhibition, or pick one up at your next visit to discover the many entry points to looking at art together as a family.

— Rachel Katz Levine, Senior Manager of Family Programs

Pop-Up Scene inspired by the paintings of Florine Stettheimer.

Stettheimer Summer Mondays studio art workshops for families with kids ages 3 and up take place on Mondays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 1–4 pm. Explore a new project each week:

July 10: Use a variety of media and found objects to create colorful scenes.
July 17: Create playful figures using modeling clay, fabric, and more.
July 24: Paint portraits of family or imaginative figures in costume.
July 31: Illustrate stories using watercolor crayons within an accordion book.

Free with Museum Admission and RSVP at TheJewishMuseum.org/Families.


A Family-Friendly Florine: Tips for Parents When Looking at the Art of Stettheimer was originally published in The Jewish Museum on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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