This exhibition, originated by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, will reveal the little-known breadth of Georgia O’Keeffe’s interest in northern New Mexico and will more particularly illuminate her keen sensitivity and deep respect for the Native American and Hispano cultures of the region. From 1931 to 1945, O'Keeffe created drawings, watercolors, and paintings of Kachina dolls (or Katsinam), carved representations of Hopi spirit beings. The exhibition will include 15 of these depictions, together with actual Kachina dolls and over 30 paintings and works on paper of New Mexico landscapes and architecture.
The exhibition is co-curated by Barbara Buhler Lynes, former curator, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and former Emily Fisher Landau Director, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center; and Carolyn Kastner, associate curator. It is organized at MAM by Gail Stavitsky, chief curator.
Montclair Art Museum, September 28, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Denver Art Museum, February 10 – April 28, 2013
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, May 17 – September 8, 2013
Heard Museum, September 27, 2013 – January 12, 2014
At the Montclair Art Museum, an intimate presentation of three works by Georgia O’Keeffe from a private collection will accompany the exhibition; it will consist of two oil paintings—Black Petunia and White Morning Glory 1 and Inside Clam Shell—and one pastel on paper, Pink Camellia.
Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land was organized by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and was made possible in part by The Burnett Foundation and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum National Council.
This exhibition is presented at the Montclair Art Museum with major support from The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation.
Additional generous Exhibition Angel support provided by the Vance Wall Foundation, Bob and Bobbie Constable, Tracy Higgins and James Leitner, Karen and Larry Mandelbaum, and Margo and Frank Walter.
All Museum programs are made possible, in part, by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Vance Wall Foundation, the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, and Museum Members.