Reception and Talk: O'Keeffe and New Mexico
02/13/2019, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art | Free map
Georgia O’Keeffe and New Mexico are so inextricably linked in the popular imagination that the region around the artist’s home is often referred to as “O’Keeffe country.” In this richly-illustrated talk, Emily Ballew Neff, Executive Director, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, examines how and why O’Keeffe, beginning in 1929, instantly attached herself to the southwestern landscape of New Mexico. There, O’Keeffe created a visual language of painting that expressed her search to define an American “sense of place,” in tandem with other artists like Marsden Hartley, John Marin, and Paul Strand; such writers as D.H. Lawrence and Willa Cather, and archaeologists and paleontologists who found the region’s soil rich with new discoveries. The layers of time, the region’s rich, multicultural history, and the stark realities of the desert southwest, all informed O’Keeffe’s aesthetic use of the landscape to express silence, space, and freedom.
The talk, which will take place in our Dorothy K. Hohenberg Auditorium, begins at 6:30 p.m. Please join us for a reception beforehand, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited.
Georgia O’Keeffe, American, 1887-1986, Black Cross with Stars and Blue, 1929, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in., Private Collection