Howard E. Wooden Distinguished Lecture Series

The Howard E. Wooden Distinguished Lecture Series is an annual endowed series produced by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum. The program brings notable thought leaders in American art field to Wichita and the museum. The lectures are free to the public. Recent speakers include these noted scholars and museum leaders:

Wanda Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University

Patricia Junker, Ann M. Barwick Curator of American Art, Seattle Art Museum

Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser, Alice Pratt Brown Curator of American Painting and Sculpture at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Sally Pemberton, granddaughter of The New Yorker's first art critic, Murdock Pemberton

This endowed annual series was inaugurated by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum to commemorate the tenure of Howard E. Wooden as Director of the Wichita Art Museum (1975-1989), during which time the museum experienced steady growth and a signficant enlargement of the Museum's collection. Funds for the lecture series are provided by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum Endowment.

Howard E. Wooden Lecture: Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo

Art, Image, Dress: Frida Kahlo and Georgia O'Keeffe
With Lisa Small, Senior Curator of European Art, Brooklyn Museum
Sponsored by the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum

Thursday, April 18
6 pm | Festive mingling and cash bar in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall + exhibition viewing
6:45 pm | Illustrated talk in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall

Admission to the Howard E. Wooden Lecture is free. Galleries for Georgia O'Keeffe will open prior to the lecture with paid museum admission (free to WAM members). 

Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo are two of the most celebrated modern artists of the 20th century. Kahlo's lyrical paintings--many of them deeply autobiographical--emerged from a crucible of illness, political commitment, and Mexican nationalism. O'Keeffe's art reflects aspects of her life and a profound sense of place, distilled into the crisp lines and abstracted forms of modernism. Widely photographed and known in their lifetimes as much for how they looked and dressed as for their art, both artists have become popular culture icons. Two recent exhibitions, Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style and Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving, have explored this phenomenon, revealing how each artist's carefully considered mode of dress--O'Keeffe’s plain, black wrap dresses and Kahlo's colorful Mexican huipiles--was an integral part of their creative output and identity.

Lisa Small, who worked on both of these exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, will offer an illustrated talk about O'Keeffe and Kahlo and their self-crafted personas. She will also give a behind-the-scenes look at how museum exhibitions like these--which combine art, clothing, photography, and other elements--enrich and expand our understanding of artists.

Small is Senior Curator of European Art at the Brooklyn Museum, where she has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Monet to Matisse exhibition that was at WAM in spring 2018 on its national tour. Additionally, Small curated Rodin: The Body in Bronze, Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe, The Rise of Sneaker Culture, and The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.

ABOVE LEFT: Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keeffe, about 1920–22. Gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Georgia O’'eeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico, Gift of The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation

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