Precursor to an American Movement

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Precursor to an American Movement

  Early in 1913 ahead of the famed Armory Show and after her return from Paris and Mexico City Weber Furlong opened one of the first American Modernist painter’s art studio and gallery at 3 Washington Square North in Manhattan, New York. Called the “Yellow Shop” it was publically hailed by the New York Post and the New York Tribune as the “New School of Modernist Painters” and a “bright and colorful place where one could see paintings and crafts representing the new things to come”.  At this time in 1913 Weber Furlong was also exhibiting in St. Louis at the Artist Guild of St. Louis and she was part of the progressive change in St. Louis when women were not allowed to show their work in public alongside men this movement had begun in 1886 at Washington University. This shift was a result of women suffragists and bold individuals willing to champion change. 

  By the early 1890’s her student years were spent as one of the first women activists allowed to exhibit artwork alongside men, thanks to the efforts of a restructured man’s art student club at Washington University called the Artist Guild of St. Louis. Through this important venue and on into the mid 1890’s she showed her work alongside Edmund Wuerpel, Emile Carlsen and William Merritt Chase in St Louis. During this time Weber Furlong was also a student at the Art Students League of New York and later the Leagues executive secretary throughout the Modernist movement.

While the Modernist movement took hold Weber Furlong was playing a key role in the Manhattan art scene and at the Whitney Studio Club where she was involved with organizing traveling exhibitions of Modernist works of art. Throughout the 1950’s Weber Furlong was actively painting, exhibiting, and teaching while developing art curriculum in Warren County New York. During this time she was communicating with Alfred H. Barr founder of the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan. She is also responsible for the first full time hiring of art teacher in Warren County, New York public schools.