Paul Cadmus. Roy. Costume design for the ballet Filling Station. 1937

Paul Cadmus Roy. Costume design for the ballet Filling Station 1937

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In these designs for the ballet Filling Station, the artist Paul Cadmus gave vivid details to stock characters: grease-stained handprints on the character Ray’s uniform, a “slapstick” cigarette dangling from the Rich Girl’s lips, mismatched shoes and rouged knees on the Motorist’s Daughter. The transparent coveralls he imagined for the protagonist, Mac, the Filling Station Attendant, introduce a homosexual subtext, also present through the use of the prominent arrow pointing to the gas station’s “Rest Room,” a site for cruising.

Gallery label from Lincoln Kirstein’s Modern, March 17 – June 15, 2019.
Gouache, pencil, and watercolor on card
12 1/4 x 7 3/4" (31.1 x 19.7 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein
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© 2021 Estate of Paul Cadmus
Associated work
Twenty-two costume designs and one set design for the ballet Filling Station
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