Immerse yourself in the life and art of Ida O’Keeffe in conjunction with the DMA’s exhibition Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow, the first ever solo museum exhibition of the artist’s work. Sue Canterbury, The Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the DMA, will give insights from her years of research tracking down Ida’s series of lighthouse paintings and share why a re-examination of Ida's work is long overdue. Quin Mathews’ short original film about the artist will also be shown.
Ida O’Keeffe (1889–1961) was a professionally trained artist who graduated with an MFA from Columbia in 1932. Her small triumphs as an artist became a source of competitive tension between Ida and her acclaimed sibling Georgia, who eventually demanded that her younger sister cease exhibiting. Actors Sally Vahle, Raphael Parry, and Shannon Kearns will bring to life the complex relationships between Ida O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, and Georgia O’Keeffe, weaving together primary sources and letters with art, drawings, and photographs that reveal the enjoyment Ida and Georgia took in each other’s company prior to their estrangement in the early 1930s, as well as Stieglitz's fascination with Ida.
*Tickets include time to view the exhibition between 5:00 and 7:30 p.m., before the event begins; please note that gallery space may limit the number of people in the exhibition at one time.
Image: Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe, Variation on a Lighthouse Theme II, c. 1931–32, oil on canvas, private collection, Dallas, Texas