Daniel Garber (1880-1958) has long been among the better known Pennsylvania Impressionists and is beloved for his stunning paintings of Bucks County landscapes, portraits, and scenes of daily life. Garber in Spring celebrates the artist's masterful treatment of the season in key works created in the first half of the 20th century. Works will include Michener visitor favorites The Studio Wall and Up the Cutalossa alongside notable paintings held in private collections. The exhibition also celebrates the return of Garber's masterpiece Tanis to the Michener for a six-month engagement.
When it comes to fashion, New York usually gets all the attention. Philadelphia, however, has always been an important design center, an incubator for leading fashion design talent, and a home to stylish women. Many prominent Philadelphia women were named to best-dressed lists over the years, causing famed Philadelphia retailer Nan Duskin Lincoln to remark: "[T]here is indeed a Philadelphia Look, and it is one of consummate good taste, elegant and understated, the rare sort of elegance that is sensed immediately as well as seen." She continued, "Philadelphians love new fashions, daring fashions. They not only accept change, they embrace it - but only if it is in good taste, and they make a fashion very individually their own just by the way they wear it." "Philadelphia in Style" celebrates this sartorial legacy with a stunning display of dresses, wedding gowns, shoes, hats and other items spanning a century of high fashion. The exhibition will highlight fashion designers and retailers that influenced fashion choices throughout and beyond the mid-Atlantic region, including designers Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel, Christian Dior, Callot Soeurs, Halston, and Elsa Schiaparelli, as well as retailers Nan Duskin, John Wanamaker's, and Strawbridge & Clothier.
Katharine Steele Renninger (1925-2004), a devoted native of Bucks County, dedicated her career to preserving in paint the achievements of its citizens: the honest craft and design found in architectural structures and handmade objects that represented a disappearing way of life. She worked for decades to establish an arts center that would support the significant art history of the region, and eventually became a founding trustee of the James A. Michener Art Museum. A self-described "abstract realist," Renninger serves as a bridge between Bucks County's art historical past and its present.
A new exhibition featuring works by Modernist Lloyd Ney entitled Local Color showcases life in New Hope, Pennsylvania, from the 1930s through the 1960s as experienced and rendered by a lively artistic force.