A Chester County mother and daughter who for years have shared a love of fashion are now sharing the forgotten artistic masterpieces of a famous modernist artist from early last century.
The work they rediscovered and spent two years uncovering is now on display in an exhibit at the James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown called “Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form,” according to a Philadelphia Inquirer report by Beth Kephart.
The mother, Marilynn Cowgill, stumbled upon old Sheeler photographs in Condé Nast while studying fashion design from the 1920s as a commuter to New York City’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
The daughter, Kirsten Jensen, brought those photos to life as the Michener’s chief curator.
“Jensen has brought her lifelong passion for textiles and motifs to her understanding of Sheeler,” the article stated. “Sheeler’s world, she says, was a Jazz Age world, a machine-age world, a world that made room for the great theatrical productions of Martha Graham. It was a world in which department stores like Lord & Taylor would mount art exhibitions to draw customers in.”
The art show put together by these Chester County women runs through July 9.
“Jensen’s commitment to creating a lasting experience in a temporary exhibition is inspiring, uplifting, a standard to which any artist should aspire. She points out discovered relationships between fabrics and forms, paintings and textiles, and gives you everything you’d ever need to see what she has seen in Sheeler.”
Read more about Jensen, Cowgill, and Charles Sheeler in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.