"Florine Stettheimer: Alternative Modernist" Opens in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library
NEW YORK, February 21, 2012 –

In celebration of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's exhibition "The Steins Collect," which begins February 28, the Rare Book and Manuscript Library of Columbia University will present a small exhibition drawn from the library's Florine Stettheimer Papers. This exhibit will also include some of Stettheimer's significant paintings on loan from the University's Office of Art Properties.

stettheimer_figurine A figurine made for the unrealized ballet "Pocahontas"

"The Steins Collect," organized by the Metropolitan Museum, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais, Paris, includes figurines created by Stettheimer for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's opera "Four Saints in Three Acts." These figurines are on loan to the exhibition from Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

On display at Columbia will be three of Stettheimer’s paintings, including her "Self-Portrait with Chinese Screen," and "Fête on the Lake."  Also on display will be some of the figurines that Stettheimer created for her unrealized ballet, "Pocahontas."

Additionally on view will be a selection of her drawings and sketch books, mainly from her early years, but including sketches for later works such as her "Portrait of Carrie with Doll House," a charcoal portrait of her mother, as well as interior photographs of the family's apartment in Alwyn Court, 59th Street and 7th Avenue, and of her studio in the Beaux Arts Building, 40th Street and 6th Avenue.

The exhibit will run February 28 through June 1, 2012 in the Chang Octagon Exhibition Room in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 6th floor of Butler Library. For more information and RBML hours please see: /content/libraryweb/indiv/rbml.html or call 212-854-5590.

The Rare Book & Manuscript Library owns over 500,000 rare books in some 20 book collections and almost 28 million manuscripts in nearly 3,000 separate manuscript collections. It is particularly strong in English and American literature and history, classical authors, children‘s literature, education, mathematics and astronomy, economics and banking, photography, the history of printing, New York City politics, librarianship, and the performing arts. Individual collections are as eclectic as they are extensive. For more information, please see: /content/libraryweb/indiv/rbml.html

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