Women Modernists in Palm Beach

Here at the Norton Museum of Art until May 15, patrons will find a Women Modernists in New York exhibition celebrating the art and careers of Modernists like Florine Stettheimer, Helen Torr, Marguerite Zorach and Georgia O'Keeffe. 
Florine Stettheimer
Florine Stettheimer

Palm Beach may be best known for its beaches, sunshine and stunning oceanfront properties (especially at this time of year), but the famous oceanside town has something surprising to offer visitors: an unparalleled exhibition of women artists.

“This is the first time these famous women artists have ever been exhibited together.”

Now, for the very first time, an exhibition will look at the influence of gender on the development of American Modernism – and it’s happening right here at Palm Beach’s most prestigious art museum.

Founded in 1941 when the industrialist Ralph Hubbard Norton and his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Norton, decided to share their sizable collection of fine art with their neighbors, the original Norton Gallery and School of Art was of Art Deco/Neo-Classic design. Today, the museum collection boasts more than 7,000 works of European, American, Chinese and Contemporary art.

Georgia O’Keeffe

Women Modernists in a man’s world
Norton Museum Director Hope Alswang told ArtDaily.org that the institution’s exhibition – curated by Ellen Roberts, the Norton’s Harold and Anne Berkley Smith Curator of American Art – was a crucial step toward recognizing the incredible contributions of artists like O’Keeffe and Stettheimer, who had often been discounted in their own time.

“This exhibition is an important expansion of the art historical canon, which has focused heavily on male creativity and production, particularly during the development of modernism,” Alswang said. “The Norton, which has been consistently expanding the scholarship on women artists, is proud to add to our understanding of how O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr and Zorach all played a critical role in American Modernism.”