June 6, 2018

“American Moderns” at Michener Art Museum

“YELLOW EXTRACTION”: This painting by Charles Evans is featured in “American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest,” running through October 21 at the James A. Michener Art Museum is Doylestown, Pa. A gallery talk is Thursday, June 7 at 3 p.m.

The James A. Michener Art Museum presents “American Moderns: The Legacy of Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest,” an exhibition that showcases the gifts of the Lenfest family and explores their lasting impact on the museum’s legacy. “American Moderns” will be on view through October 21.

“In creating this exhibition, we wanted to draw attention not only to the generosity of remarkable collectors such as the Lenfests, but also to the lasting contributions of artists in this region to the evolution of 20th-century art,” said Louise Feder, curator of the exhibit. “We felt it was particularly appropriate to do so by mounting this special exhibition in the Michener’s 30th anniversary year.”

A significant gift of 33 works from Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest enabled the Michener Art Museum to highlight the significant contributions to the development of modern art as seen through the prism of the Delaware Valley 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.

Along with the exhibition, the Michener Art Museum will present a series of programs including a gallery talk by Curator Louise Feder on June 7 at 3 p.m.

The Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine Street in Doylestown, Pa. is open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, call (215) 340-9800 or visit www.michenerartmuseum.org.