Enter Georgia O’Keefe’s lush Hawaiian dream

Enter Georgia O’Keefe’s lush Hawaiian dream

The New York Botanical Garden’s landmark 2018 exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, is already one of the most talked about events of the season.

The exhibition will focus on the iconic artist’s immersion in the Hawaiian Islands in 1939.

O’Keeffe’s time in Hawai‘i, and the work that was produced there, is less well known than her iconic New Mexico scenes, and it is not a place with which she is often associated.

However, close study of the work and her correspondence during her trip reveals a deep appreciation for the beauty of the Islands and a fascination with the landscape she encountered.

This engagement with a new place—and use of her familiar compositional techniques—shows extraordinary continuity with the rest of her large body of work.

O’Keeffe’s visit to Hawai‘i is representative of the significance of the remote U.S. territory in the American consciousness as tourism boomed and Hawai‘i approached statehood.

While O’Keeffe’s correspondence from this period reflects the perspective of a visitor who was steeped in popular perceptions of the Islands as an idealized tropical paradise, her paintings masterfully depict the Islands’ unique natural settings and serve as a compelling starting point to examine the transformation of the Hawaiian landscape through human and cultural influences.

Visitors of all ages will learn about Hawai‘i through complementary events, programs, and demonstrations, including a film series, symposium, lecture, and the Interactive Mobile Guide.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i is The New York Botanical Garden’s next installation within the ambitious exhibition program it pioneered to explore the horticultural lives of cultural figures such as Frida Kahlo, Charles Darwin, Emily Dickinson, and Claude Monet and the intersection of art and nature.

Curated by art historian Theresa Papanikolas, Ph.D., Deputy Director of Art and Programs at the Honolulu Museum of Art, the exhibition will feature 20 of O’Keeffe’s depictions of Hawai‘i—including paintings not seen together in New York since their 1940 debut.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawai‘i, The New York Botanical Garden, Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Sunday, October 28, 2018

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