Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form Lectures and Gallery Talks

18 Mar - 15 Jun 2017
James A. Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown


Charles Sheeler / Vogue; © Condé Nast.

As part of its exhibition Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form, the James A. Michener Art Museum presents a series of lectures and gallery talks exploring the connections between Sheeler’s experimentations in fashion and the industrial paintings and photographs that established his career.

Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form presents a collection of painter and photographer Charles Sheeler’s little-known fashion photography created for Condé Nast between 1926 and 1931—a body of work that significantly informed the aesthetic vision of one of American modernism’s founding figures.

See the full schedule of lectures and gallery talks below.

Scholars Day
March 18 at 1 p.m.
A half-day symposium examining several facets of Charles Sheeler’s artistic practice, including lectures on Sheeler’s photographs of modern sculpture, his relationship to photographer Paul Strand, and Condé Nast’s publishing philosophy.

Curator's Gallery Talks
March 21 and May 16 at 3 p.m.
Chief curator Kirsten M. Jensen and curatorial fellow Kelsey Halliday Johnson will offer their perspectives on the exhibition in two gallery talks.

New Backgrounds for a New Age
April 20 at 7 p.m.
Author and independent curator Thomas Mellins will examine theater and store design as parallel manifestations of Sheeler's photography for Condé Nast.

"Flappers" and "Sheiks" - Jazz Age Fashion
June 15 at 7 p.m.
Nancy Deihl, director of the costume studies graduate program at New York University, will explore the vibrant, colorful fashion of the 1920s. Deihl is co-author of The History of Modern Fashion (London: Laurence King, 2015).