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2009-07-05 until 2009-08-30
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The Demuth Museumís forthcoming exhibition, Demuthís Destinations will explore the artistís travels in the United States and abroad in relation to his ground breaking Modernist art. Following his study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Charles Demuth (1883-1935) made his permanent residence and studio in his family home in Lancaster, creating the vast majority of his art there. Yet the artist led a peripatetic lifestyle, traveling regularly to Philadelphia, New York and Provincetown. Demuth also made several trips to Europe throughout his life, including stays in Paris, London and Berlin.
This exhibition of works from the Museumís permanent collection of Demuthís art will examine the relationship between Demuthís travels to these distinct cosmopolitan centers and his artwork. While his travels informed his art, Demuth did not typically create artworks while away from Lancaster. Rather, he participated in an international community of avant garde artists, writers and intellectuals. He took in the work of his European and American contemporaries and exhibited his own art in a variety of venues. Demuthís local destinations will also be examined in the exhibition which will be accompanied by a walking tour guide and map to sites and structures in Lancaster that inspired his art.
An opening reception will be held on Friday, July 3, 2009 from 5-7 p.m. in conjunction with First Friday festivities. Regular Museum Hours: Tuesday Ė Saturday, 10-4 & Sunday, 1-4. Closed, Saturday, July 4, for the Independence Day Holiday.
The Demuth Museum, established in 1981, is dedicated to developing awareness, understanding and appreciation of the artwork and legacy of Charles Demuth (1883-1935). As a leader of the American Modernist movement, Demuth is best known as a pioneer of the precisionist style and a master watercolorist. Located in the artistís former home and studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Demuth Museum has a permanent collection of over 35 Demuth works, along with an extensive archive and library. The Demuth Tobacco Shop, the oldest operating shop of its kind in America, and other historic buildings surround the museum; all are open to the public. All exhibits are supported in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts. The Demuth Museum is also supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
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