TAG on Wheels
***A wonderful time was had by all who took the trip to Reynolda to see the Georgia O’Keefe exhibit. Stay tuned for information on the next TAG on Wheels!
TAG and friends visited the “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” exhibit at the Reynolda House in Winston-Salem on Thursday, November 2, 2017
Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, circa 1920–22. Gelatin silver print, 4½ x 3½ in. (11.4 x 9 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2003.01.006. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
*About the Exhibit:
Reynolda House Museum of American Art will mark its centennial as an estate and its fiftieth anniversary as a museum with an exciting and timely exhibition of the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern explores how the artist’s modern sensibility saturated her art, her life, her homes, and her carefully fashioned public (and private) personas. Reynolda House is one of only three venues to host the exhibition, and the only venue south of New York.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern presents a completely new, highly focused, and meticulously researched perspective on the unified modernist aesthetic of O’Keeffe’s dress and art. In addition to a number of carefully chosen paintings by O’Keeffe and photographs of her and her homes by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Todd Webb, Philippe Halsman and others, the exhibition will feature selected items from her personal wardrobe that highlight her preference for compact masses, organic silhouettes, and minimal ornamentation. O’Keeffe considered her clothed body as another canvas on which to proclaim her modernism. Freshly conserved and shown in this exhibition for the first time, her understated and carefully designed garments dating from the 1920s to the 1980s will be presented alongside key paintings and photographs of her at various points in her career.
The exhibition will be organized to explore key themes that place O’Keeffe’s self-fashioning within the history of artistic identity, women’s culture, and modernist consumer design. It will look at the ways she confronted and incorporated “masculine” austerity in her wardrobe as well as her deep and abiding appreciation for Asian fashion and aesthetics. Of particular interest are the various “uniforms” O’Keeffe invented throughout her life so that she would look distinctive without spending much time planning her ensemble.
In the first two decades of her career, she made black and white her dominant “colors” of dress and her garments were interchangeable; in those same years, she made black and white significant colors in her painting palette and continued to feature them for the rest of her lifetime. When she moved to New Mexico, she enlarged her palette, introducing strong colors in both her everyday dress and paintings. Immersed in the panoramic sea blue skies of the Southwest, and the arid colors of the geographical formations in the desert, she leaned towards blues, pinks, and turquoises. Yet, when professional photographers came from the East coast to picture her, O’Keeffe reverted to her black and white outfits to perpetuate her public persona as a nun-like presence in the American desert.
This exhibition is organized by the Brooklyn Museum, with guest curator Wanda M. Corn, Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University, and made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts.
A fully illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition.
TAG on Wheels is a wonderful program where adults take field trips to area art museums to enjoy the artwork in the company of like-minded individuals. In the past we have taken trips to the Weatherspoon, Greenhill, the Nasher and the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham, the Reynolda House and SECCA, and the NC Museum of Art.
Theatre Art Galleries is located in downtown High Point at 220 E. Commerce Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday from 12:00-5:00 p.m. For more information contact the TAG office at 336-887-2137 or visit www.tagart.org.