This morning, we were delighted to offer a NY preview of Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography and Sculptural Form. The event was held in the spectacular lobby of the Museum of the City of New York, whose loan of nine fashion ensembles for the exhibition paved the way for a partnership. Michener Art Museum Director and CEO Lisa Tremper Hanover opened the program with a descriptive overview of the Michener and Doylestown (prompting more than a few people in the audience to later announce they were definitely putting a trip to Bucks County on their spring agenda). Afterwards, Whitney Donhauser, Ronay Menschel Director of the Museum of the City of New York, spoke about MCNY and its costume collection. Kirsten M. Jensen, the Michener’s Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator, then took the stage to introduce Charles Sheeler to some presumably new audiences and to share her remarkable story about discovering Sheeler’s “hidden” photographs and their never-before-revealed connection to his iconic work. (Much of her presentation was broadcast on Facebook Live on the Michener Art Museum’s Facebook page.)
Because the event was staged in the lobby, many MCNY visitors stopped to listen and learn about the Michener and the exhibition as well. We are deeply grateful to the Museum of the City of New York, whose staff could not have been more welcoming and accommodating, and to our New York audiences. We hope to see you all at the Michener when the show opens to the public on March 18!