ART TALK – In Between: Charles Demuth’s 1926 Calla Lilies (Bert Savoy)
From 1923 to 1929, the modernist American artist Charles Demuth produced emblematic portraits, which he dubbed “posters,” of friends within the New York avant-garde. The most beautiful of these is Calla Lilies (Bert Savoy), a 1926 painting that pays homage to the celebrated vaudevillian female impersonator Bert Savoy in the guise of a still life of calla lilies. This talk examines the painting’s historical context, while unpacking the multiple readings that this fascinating work offers.
Speaker: Dr. Mark Thistlethwaite, now Professor Emeritus, held the Kay and Velma Kimbell Chair of Art History at Texas Christian University for twenty-five years. He has received TCU’s Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Honors program’s “Professor of the Year” award, and he has published and lectured widely, particularly on topics related to history painting and images of George Washington. Dr. Thistlethwaite chaired the City of Fort Worth’s Art Commission for several years, served on the Board of Trustees of the African American Museum in Dallas, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the Ambassador Council of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Advisory Board of the Journal of the Austrian Association for American Studies.
Registration Deadline: June 5
Location: Garden Center Lecture Hall
image: Charles Demuth, Calla Lilies (Bert Savoy), 1926 / courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art