Paul Cadmus The Gangster (recto) and State Trooper (verso). Costume designs 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, watercolor, pencil, and pinned and stapled fabric on paper (recto); Gouache, watercolor, and pencil on paper (verso)
13 x 9 1/4" (33 x 23.5 cm)
Gift of Lincoln Kirstein
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© 2024 Estate of Paul Cadmus
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