Special Event: The O'Keeffe Sisters and Women of American Modernism

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Join us for a series of short talks exploring the legacies of women artists working in the first half of the 20th century. Beginning with Georgia and Ida O’Keeffe, speakers will discuss the opportunities available to women in the art world then and now, and why some artists are remembered while others are overshadowed. After the talks, enjoy a complimentary beer and wine reception. 




Topics and speakers

Ida O'Keeffe Through Stieglitz's Lens

Dr. Sarah Greenough is senior curator and head of the department of photographs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. Greenough received her BA from the University of Pennsylvania and her MA and PhD from the University of New Mexico. In 1990 she became the founding curator of the department of photographs, which now presents two to three photography exhibitions per year in the museum's dedicated photography galleries, as well as many smaller installations. During her time at the National Gallery, she has organized numerous exhibitions, most recently Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings, co-curated with Sarah Kennel, which will open at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in March. Greenough is an award-winning author for her publications on photography, most recently My Faraway One: Selected Letters of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Volume One, 1915–1933 (Yale University Press, 2011).

Georgia and Ida: Sisters and Fellow Artists

Dr. Barbara Buhler Lynes is the Sunny Kaufman Senior Curator, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. She was founding curator at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and founding director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center, where she organized numerous exhibitions about O'Keeffe and her contemporaries, and symposia about American art and museums. The leading expert on the art and life of Georgia O’Keeffe, she authored O’Keeffe, Stieglitz and the Critics, 1916–1929 (University of Chicago Press, 1989), Georgia O’Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné (Yale University Press, 1999), Georgia O’Keeffe (Skira, 2011), and numerous other books and essays on O’Keeffe and American modernism. She served as an independent contractor for the National Gallery of Art and a professor of art history at the Maryland Institute, Dartmouth College, and Vanderbilt University, and holds doctoral degrees in art history and French literature from Indiana University and the University of California.

Georgia's Legacy

Dr. Linda M. Grasso is a professor of English at York College and of liberal studies at the Graduate Center at the City University of New York. She holds a PhD in American Studies from Brown University and specializes in US literature and culture, women's literature, and women's and gender studies. Professor Grasso's most recent book, Equal under the Sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and Twentieth-Century Feminism (University of New Mexico Press, 2017), situates the artist in US feminist history and explores what feminism meant to O'Keeffe and her audiences over several generations. She is also the author of The Artistry of Anger: Black and White Women's Literature in America, 1820–1860 (University of North Carolina Press, 2002) and numerous essays on 19th- and 20th-century US women’s literature and culture. 

Being a Woman Artist Then and Now

Dr. Kathleen Pyne is professor emerita of art history at the University of Notre Dame, where she taught American and English art and served as the University's Director of Gender Studies. She has lectured and published widely on topics related to American painting, photography, and the emergence of women into the field of artistic modernism. Professor Pyne explored how the post-Darwinian controversies shaped American impressionist painting in her 1996 book Art and the Higher Life: Painting and Evolutionary Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century America. Her book Modernism and the Feminine Voice: O’Keeffe and the Women of the Stieglitz Circle (University of North Carolina Press, 2007) explored the contributions of women artists to the idea of the woman modernist and was the basis for an exhibition at the O’Keeffe Museum and the High Museum, Atlanta, in 2007-2008. In 2013 the Editorial Board of The Art Bulletin named Professor Pyne’s 1996 essay “Portrait of a Collector as an Agnostic: Charles Lang Freer and Connoisseurship” to the journal’s Centennial Anthology of the top 32 essays published since the journal’s debut in 1913. She has recently completed a new critical volume titled The Photographer of Enchantment—Anne Brigman at the Edge of the World.

Image: Alfred Stieglitz, Ida O'Keeffe, 1924, gelatin silver print, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Alfred Stieglitz Collection, © Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington


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