The Thursday Morning Club will welcome art historian Barbara Tomlinson, PhD who will give a lecture and slideshow presentation on the artist, Florine Stettheimer, following the general meeting at 10 am Thursday, April 4, at the club’s Madison Community House, 25 Cook Ave. Diana Roberts, the club’s Arts Creative Chairwoman, is encouraging members to attend and learn about “this little known artist who was ahead of her time.”
Living and working during the “Roaring Twenties,” Stettheimer painted unique images of her life and world where people defined themselves by the things that surrounded them. Long before Andy Warhol, she saw the direction of American culture and captured it on canvas. Stettheimer was a contemporary and a friend of Gertrude Stein. With her two sisters, she hosted an avant-garde salon in Manhattan, similar to Stein’s in Paris, for writers and modernists such as Marcel Duchamp, Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz. Here she displayed her paintings and circulated her poems.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art holds four paintings in the ‘Cathedral’ series dedicated to Broadway, Fifth Avenue, Wall Street, and Art. When several New York publications asked their art editors in 2010 to list their ten favorite paintings in New York museums, two critics selected paintings by Stettheimer.
After serving for many years as Chairwoman of the History Department at a small, independent secondary school, Tomlinson moved to Kean University, Union, in 1986 to be the course coordinator for cultural history in the university’s General Education Program. She retired from Kean in 2000 and now teaches cultural history in various continuing education programs around the state. In addition, she leads tours to various cities in the U.S. and Europe to explore their historical and cultural context.
Tomlinson’s adult education classes typically are filled within days of their announcement. She offers the student an historical perspective on the economic, social, and political dynamics of the artist’s era. In addition to providing insight and a critical understanding of a particular painting and artist, she entertains her classes with her quick wit and humorous stories. Tomlinson holds a bachelor’s of arts degree, cum laude, from Barnard College, New York City, a master of arts in teaching degree from Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and a doctoral degree in American and women’s History from Rutgers University, New Brunswick.
The Thursday Morning Club, a social and philanthropic organization, owns and operates the Madison Community House, and its Nursery School, Before and After School Child Care program and Summer Camp. Since its inception, the club has provided support for community programs as well as a meeting place for Madison’s sports, recreational and civic groups. For information about the Thursday Morning Club or membership, call the Community House at (973) 377-0244 or visit www.TMCMCH.org.