Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image Style

Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Pansy & Forget-Me-Nots (Pansy), 1926. Oil on canvas, 27 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York, Gift of Mrs. Alfred S. Rossin. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Brooklyn Museum

On view through Sunday, June 23, 2019

Georgia O'Keeffe, the pioneering modernist artist, had sensibility to spare. She lavished it on her work, of course, but she applied nearly as much to self-presentation.

As the show first opened in 2017, New York Times critic Roberta Smith had these glowing comments:

"Georgia O'Keeffe, the pioneering modernist artist, had sensibility to spare. She lavished it on her work, of course, but she applied nearly as much to self-presentatio--the clothes she wore, the places she lived, and the furnishings and objects they contained. All these elements formed a single powerful aesthetic--in an era long before widespread branding, social media, and Instagram marketing--that was foundational to her fame and her myth. [This exhibition] reveals in particular how this painter of simplified images of enlarged flowers, Lake George tree trunks, and New Mexico's terra-cotta hills applied her meticulous sense of austerity and detail to every garment she owned."      

Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is the first exhibition to explore the art, image, and personal style of one of America's most iconic artists. O'Keeffe was at the forefront of the American avant-garde nearly from the moment she appeared on the scene in New York in the first decades of the 20th century. This show offers an intimate glimpse at the artist alongside her art with her paintings, photo portraits, and original clothing.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style is organized by the Brooklyn Museum with guest curator Dr. Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

"Georgia O'Keeffe" Special Exhibition Tickets

 

Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style
(includes general museum admission)

Tuesday - Friday & Sunday
Adults: $20
Seniors (age 60 and older): $15
College/university students w/ID and youth (ages 5 to 17): $3
Youth under 5: Free

Saturday
Adults and Seniors: $10
College/university students w/ID and youth (up to age 17): Free

WAM members enjoy FREE admission to Georgia O'Keeffe. Not a WAM member? Click here to join or renew your membership

Tickets to Georgia O'Keeffe may be purchased only at the museum's Welcome Desk. Due to the anticipated popularity of the exhibition, no phone or online ticket orders will be available.

NOTE: No ticket refunds or exchanges. Tickets are valid for admission only on the day of purchase. 

ABOVE: Todd Webb, Georgia O'Keeffe on Ghost Ranch Portal, New Mexico, about 1960s. Gelatin silver print, 10 x 8 inches. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation. © Estate of Todd Webb, Portland, Maine

  

Museum Membership

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-Free admission to the museum, including the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition

-Special hours and evenings ONLY for WAM members to see Georgia O'Keeffe

-10% discount in the Museum Store and the Muse Cafe

-Free or discounted admission to opening parties, events, and educational programs

Click here to become a member of the Wichita Art Museum. 

 

 

FREE DAYS: Georgia O'Keeffe

Saturday, May 4 | Saturday, May 25
10 am to 5 pm

No admission charge for the public to view Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style on Saturday, May 4, and Saturday, May 25. Many thanks to those who support these free admission days for the Wichita community!

                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Art, Image, Dress: Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo - Thursday, April 18

Art, Image, Dress: Georgia O'Keeffe and Frida Kahlo
Howard E. Wooden Lecture
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 | Free lecture in the Howard E. Wooden Lecture Hall
Galleries open before the lecture with paid 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 in Wichita 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.

TOP LEFT: Laura Gilpin, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1953. Gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 7 3/8 inches. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Copyright 1979 Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

BOTTOM LEFT: Curator Lisa Small


 

Drop-In Tour Tuesdays: Georgia O'Keeffe

April 23 & 30; May 7, 14 & 21; June 11 & 18
​3 pm 

Learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style with our amazing docents. We invite you to join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour, offered on Tuesday afternoon when crowds are smaller. Drop-In Tours depart from WAM's Boeing Foyer. No reservations required, however exhibition tickets must be purchased.

 

 

Docent Dialogues on Saturdays: Georgia O'Keeffe

April 20, May 18 and June 20
​1 to 3 pm

Deepen your enjoyment and learning in WAM galleries by talkign with docents who will share their knowledge and insights about O'Keeffe. Ask questions and learn new perspectives about this iconic modern artist.

Just look for the red "Ask Me" buttons!

 

 

Drop-In Tour Sundays: Georgia O'Keeffe

April 28; May 5 & 19; June 2 & 9
2 pm

Learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe: Art, Image, Style with our amazing docents. We invite you to join in great conversation and exploration during a one-hour tour. Drop-In Tours depart from WAM's Boeing foyer. No reservations required, however exhibition tickets must be purchased.


 

The Fashion Turn: Clothing as Muse in Contemporary Art

Curator Talk: The Fashion Turn: Clothing as Muse in Contemporary Art
Thursday, May 23
6 pm | Georgia O'Keeffe galleries open prior to talk
Admission to the talk is free. Purchase special exhibition tickets to Georgia O'Keeffe at the museum's Welcome Desk. 

Fashion is having a special moment in the art world, from the increasing popularity of the annual Met Gala (the Metropolitan Museum of Art's annual Costume Institute Benefit) to the success of the Museum of Modern Art's blockbuster survey Items: Is Fashion Modern? and San Francisco de Young Museum's pioneering exhibition Contemporary Muslim Fashions. Recent exhibitions like Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style at the Wichita Art Museum and the Brooklyn Museum's presentation of Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving offer new understandings of artists' creativity by exploring personal mode of dress. Inspired by the renewed attention to clothing in museum spaces, this talk will consider key moments of collaboration, creativity, and confrontation between the worlds of fashion and fine art throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. From Georgia O'Keeffe's spare garments to Andy Warhol's paper dresses, this presentation will explore artists who purposely blurred the distinction between fashion, attire, and art.

Samantha Lyons is a Ph.D. candidate in art history at the University of Kansas. She has taught courses in contemporary art at the University of Kansas and worked as a graduate curatorial intern at the Spencer Museum of Art, where she curated the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. She currently works as a research and curatorial assistant at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art.

ABOVE: Bruce Weber, Georgia O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, N.M., 1984. Gelatin silver print, 14 x 11 inches. Bruce Weber and Nan Bush Collection, New York. Copyright Bruce Weber

  

Exhibition Sponsors and Donors

THANK YOU to all of the exhibition sponsors and donors who are making this exhibition possible: 

The Wichita presentation has been generously underwritten by lead sponsors Paula and Barry Downing. The Lattner Family Foundation and Judy Slawson provided additional major underwriting. Charles E. Baker and Dr. Dennis and Mrs. Ann Ross are principal sponsors. The Trust Company of Kansas, Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, Celebrity Cruises and Emprise Bank are substantial corporate sponsors.

Generous support has been provided by Louise Beren, Donna Bunk, DeVore Foundation, J. Eric Engstrom and Robert Bell, Mary Eves, Rich and Joey Giblin, Norma Greever, Sonia Greteman and Chris Brunner, Gridley Family Foundation, John and Karen Hageman, Sondra Langel, Mike and Dee Michaelis, Tom and Mindy Page, Will and Kristin Price, Debbie and Ron Sinclair, Mary Sue Smith, Sarah T. Smith, and K.T. Wiedemann Foundation, Inc.

Ann and Martin Bauer, Emily Bonavia, Dr. John and Nancy Brammer, Sharon and Alan Fearey, Toni and Bud Gates, Trish Higgins, Richard Hite and Anita Jones, Delmar and Mary Klocke, Dr. Barry and Jane Murphy, Georgia and Keith Stevens, Marni Vliet Stone and David Stone, and Sue and Kurt Watson are additional exhibition patrons.

All museum exhibitions receive generous sponsorship from the Friends of the Wichita Art Museum and the City of Wichita.

 

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

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