This Sunday, February 10th, Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land opens at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibit includes 53 of O’Keeffe’s paintings, focusing primarily on landscape, architecture and katsinam.
In 1929 O’Keeffee made her first visit to New Mexico. Falling immediately in love with the landscape, O’Keeffe said, “When I got to New Mexico that was mine. As soon as I saw it that was my country.” O’Keeffe traveled back to New Mexico each summer through 1949, when she moved there permanently. O’Keeffe spent the remainder of her life in New Mexico. New Mexico was the opposite of New York for O’Keeffe. The west offered her solitude and a quiet place to work, which was different from her hectic life on the east coast. The landscape not only fit her personality, but also her art. Focusing on the landscape of the southwest resulted in a large body of horizontal paintings as opposed to her primarily vertical, industrial paintings of New York.
The exhibit also offers a rare look at the spiritual figures O’Keeffe painted during her time in New Mexico. O’Keeffe wrote very little about her paintings of Native American spiritual figures, katsinam. The extensive collection of Native American art at the Denver Art Museum gave John Lukavic, Associate Curator of Native Arts, a unique opportunity to exhibit contemporary hopi art and katsinam along side O’Keeffe pieces.
Take a look at the sneak peek below and don’t miss the exhibit, on view through April 28th.