Pioneering American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) conveyed a distinct sense of place with innovative depictions of her surroundings, from stark New Mexican landscapes to New York cityscapes. Yet flowers and plants were subjects that engaged O’Keeffe throughout her career. This landmark exhibition offers a rare focus on 20 of O’Keeffe’s depictions of Hawai‘i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai'i was organized by the The New York Botanical Garden in Bronx, NY, and was curated by Theresa Papanikolas, Ph.D. Major support was provided by National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, as well as the LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Gillian and Robert Steel. Support for the Art Gallery Exhibition provided by the Kurt Berliner Foundation, Benjamin and Beth Hesse, and Anne and John Marion. The exhibition catalog is supported by the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.
Travel of this exhibition is made possible by the NEH.
Georgia O’Keeffe, Waterfall, No. 1, ‘Īao Valley, Maui, 1939, Oil on canvas, 191⁄8 x 16 in., Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Gift of Art Today (76.7)
© 2018 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York