American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest opens on June 2

DOYLESTOWN, PA—Beginning June 2, the James A. Michener Art Museum will present American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest, an exhibition that showcases the remarkable gifts of the Lenfest family and explores their lasting impact on the museum’s legacy. American Moderns will be on view through October 21, 2018.

At the turn of the century, artists began to rebel against traditional modes of expression and exhibition. Although it is frequently associated with Impressionism, the Delaware Valley region also launched some of the most important developments that transformed American art in the 20th century: the roots of the Ashcan School; the leading proponents of Precisionist painting; and some of the first artists to explore non-objective painting.

A gift of thirty-three works from Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest Michener Art Museum to highlight the significant contributions to the development of modern art in America as seen through the prism of our region. Artists such as Charles Frederick Ramsey, Louis Stone, Charles Evans, Lloyd Ney, and Charles Rosen were actively engaged in the artistic dialogue that resulted in major shifts in American art at mid-century. Influenced by the innovative achievements of the European avant-garde, these painters experimented with such modernist trends as Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, Biomorphism, Synchromism, Precisionism, and Neo-Plasticism.

“These gifts to the museum have appeared in numerous exhibitions since their accession into the Michener’s permanent collection, functioning as a valuable resource for researchers, visitors, and members,” said Louise Feder, guest curator. “And now, to celebrate the Michener’s 30th anniversary, these works are on view together in one gallery, underscoring the lasting contributions of our region’s artists to the evolution of 20th-century American art.”

American Moderns is supported by supported by Mary and Dennis Helf and Judy and Seth Blau.

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About the James A. Michener Art Museum

The James A. Michener Art Museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits American art, and promotes the work of nationally and internationally known Delaware Valley artists of all eras and creative disciplines. The museum presents exhibitions that explore a variety of artistic expressions and offers diverse educational programs that develop a lifelong involvement in the arts. The James A. Michener Art Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Sunday noon – 5:00 pm. For more information, visit or call 215.340.9800.