Georgia O'Keeffe's Life, Work, and Wardrobe Come to the Brooklyn Museum

Alfred Stieglitz_Georgia OΓÇÖKeeffe, Prospect Mountain, Lake George.jpgAlfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, Prospect Mountain, Lake George, 1927. Gelatin silver print, 4⅝ x 3⅝ in. (11.8 x 9.3 cm). National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Alfred Stieglitz Collection, 1980.70.223. © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

A shrine to the painter goddess Georgia O’Keeffe, disguised as an exhibition of the artist’s wardrobe, works, and unapologetic lifestyle, is coming to the Brooklyn Museum. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern examines O’Keeffe not only as an artist, but also as a woman and as a public figure with an enduring influence. This is achieved brilliantly through the show’s unprecedented mix of mediums. Through the loving, honest portraits of the artist by Alfred Stieglitz, Bruce Weber, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz and more, museumgoers can see how O’Keeffe looked; or how she presented herself, through her minimalistic, monastic, and self-made clothing; or how she expressed herself through her famous work; all at the same, glorious time.

Padded Kimono (Tanzen).jpgPadded Kimono (Tanzen), circa 1960s–70s. Silk with woven black and gray stripe. Inner garment: Kimono. White linen (?). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton, 2000.03.0359 and 2000.03.0404. (Photo: © Gavin Ashworth)

In this way, the show exposes the carefully crafted persona behind the flowers, ram skulls, and bridges. It also captures the many talents of the artist through a chronological approach to her changeful life.

A sartorial introduction shows a young O’Keeffe defying the frills and bows of the time for a style entirely her own. Then there are the New York years, between 1920 and 1940, when the artist was continuing to build her own wardrobe and living with her lover Alfred Stieglitz, whose serial portrait project made O’Keeffe one of the most photographed American artists in history. What follows are the dry colors and barren landscapes of her time in New Mexico, a fleeting exploration into Asian aesthetics, and portraits of the aging artist shot on pilgrimages down to the Southwest by icons in their own rights, such as Adams and Weber.

Bruce Weber_Georgia OΓÇÖKeeffe, Abiquiu, N.M.jpgBruce Weber (American, born 1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiu, N.M., 1984. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm). Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York. © Bruce Weber

The show is presented as part of the museum’s program, A Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum, which applauds a decade of feminist thinking at the museum. So far, the program has featured the feminist works of Beverly Buchanan and Marilyn Minter, and will continue with shows including, “Black Radical Women” and “A Feminist Timeline.”

Below, a glimpse into the world of Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern:

RamΓÇÖs Head, White HollyhockΓÇöHills (RamΓÇÖs Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico).jpgGeorgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Ram’s Head, White Hollyhock—Hills (Ram’s Head and White Hollyhock, New Mexico), 1935. Oil on canvas, 30 x 36 in. (76.2 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Edith and Milton Lowenthal, 1992.11.28. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Emsley.jpgEmsley. Suit (Jacket, Pants, and Vest), 1983. Black wool. Inner garment: Lord & Taylor. Shirt, circa 1960s. White cotton. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton, 2000.03.0384, 2000.03.0393, 2000.03.0386, and 2000.03.0239. (Photo: © Gavin Ashworth)

Ansel Adams_Georgia OΓÇÖKeeffe and Orville Cox.jpgAnsel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, 1937. Gelatin silver print, 7¾ x 11 in. (19.7 x 27.9 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2006.06.1480. © 2016 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Brooklyn Bridge.jpgGeorgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887–1986). Brooklyn Bridge, 1949. Oil on Masonite, 48 x 35⅞ in. (121.8 x 91.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum; Bequest of Mary Childs Draper, 77.11. (Photo: Brooklyn Museum)

Blouse.jpgAttributed to Georgia O’Keeffe. Blouse, circa early to mid-1930s. White linen. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton, 2000.03.0248. (Photo: © Gavin Ashworth)

Alfred Stieglitz_Georgia OΓÇÖKeeffe.jpgAlfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, circa 1920–22. Gelatin silver print, 4½ x 3½ in. (11.4 x 9 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2003.01.006. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Todd Webb_ Georgia OΓÇÖKeeffe on Ghost Ranch Portal.jpgTodd Webb (American, 1905–2000). Georgia O’Keeffe on Ghost Ranch Portal, New Mexico, circa 1960s. Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 in. (25.4 x 20.3 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2006.06.1046. © Estate of Todd Webb, Portland, ME

Ansel Adams_Georgia OΓÇÖKeeffe, Carmel Highlands, California.jpgAnsel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Georgia O’Keeffe, Carmel Highlands, California, 1981. Gelatin silver print, 10⅛ x 13⅛ in. (25.7 x 33.3 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton, 2003.03.08. © 2016 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern opens this March at the Brooklyn Museum. You can read more about the show here.

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