Georgia O'Keeffe:
Her Carolina Story

October 9 - January 10, 2016

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Blue Line

Georgia O'Keeffe

Blue Line (1919)

Georgia O'Keeffe

Oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 17 1/8 in.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Lynes 294

© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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Untitled (Houses and Landscape)

Georgia O'Keeffe

Untitled (Houses and Landscape) (1916)

Georgia O'Keeffe

Watercolor on cream paper, 8 7/8 x 12 in.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Cr 96

© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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Second, Out of My Head

Georgia O’Keeffe

Second, Out of My Head (1915)

Georgia O’Keeffe

Charcoal on laid paper, 24 x 181/2 in.

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation

1992.89.1

© Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

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Anything (Red and Green Trees)

Georgia O"Keeffe

Anything (Red and Green Trees) (1916)

Georgia O"Keeffe

Oil on board, 20 x 115 3/4 in.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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Abstraction with Curve and Circle

Georgia O'Keeffe

Abstraction with Curve and Circle (1915/16)

Georgia O'Keeffe

Charcoal on laid paper, 23 ¾ x 18 1/3/8 in.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Lynes 60

© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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Untitled (Tent Door at Night)

Georgia O'Keeffe

Untitled (Tent Door at Night) (1916)

Georgia O'Keeffe

Watercolor on laid paper, 19 x 25 in.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

CR 112

© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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Abstraction

Georgia O'Keeffe

Abstraction (1916 (cast 1979-1980))

Georgia O'Keeffe

White-laquered bronze, ed. Of 10

10 x 10 x 1½ in.

OK 73

© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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Tree with Cut Limb

Georgia O'Keeffe

Tree with Cut Limb (1920)

Georgia O'Keeffe

Oil on canvas, 20 x 17 in.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

CR 327

© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

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No. 20—From Music-Special

Georgia O’Keeffe

No. 20—From Music-Special (1915)

Georgia O’Keeffe

Charcoal on laid paper, 13 1/2 x 11 in.

Alfred Stieglitz Collection, Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation

1992.89.10

© Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington

Georgia O'Keeffe: Her Carolina Story is the first-ever exhibition of 14 works examining the sources of this major American painter's intimate artistic epiphany experienced in South Carolina. 

Georgia O'Keeffe: Her Carolina Story celebrates the 100th anniversary of O'Keeffe's time teaching at Columbia College and the great untold story of her development as modernist.

In 1915, Georgia O'Keeffe radically redefined herself as an artist. Rejecting all she had done before, she found her voice with a series of black and white charcoal drawings she collectively titled, Specials. What happened next is the stuff of legends: her great Charleston friend Anita Pollitzer took these drawings, unbeknownst to the artist, and showed them to Alfred Stieglitz (noted American photographer, gallery owner, and promoter of modern art) who proclaimed, "At last, a woman on paper." This was the beginning of one of the most important careers in all of American art.      

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The exhibition is presented in partnership with Columbia College and their centennial celebration of O’Keeffe’s time teaching there, Ideas of My Own

Check out our interactive tour
Take a look at our multimedia TAP tour for the exhibition, then come on in and see the works yourself! Tours are available on your smart device (we can lend you some headphones), or you may check out an iPod for free to access the tours while you're here.

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By CMA Premier Society Member Curtis Derrick

I’ve always admired O’Keeffe’s art and have used it frequently in my teaching. Many of my composition students have responded in amazing ways to her paintings. When the Premier Society announced the O’Keeffe country trip, my wife and I jumped at the chance to go. 

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Creating Her Carolina Story with Will South and Jackie Adams

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CMA Chief Curator Will South and Columbia College’s Goodall Gallery Coordinator Jackie Adams discuss the Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition, the centennial celebration, and more in this talk recorded on Friday, October 16, 2015. (Audio recording only.)

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News

The current exhibit at CMA is ground-breaking in that it is the first and only show to focus a lens on this previously unexplored period of intense artistic experimentation in O'Keeffe's life.

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The work in the Columbia exhibit, says Georgia O’Keeffe Museum curator Cody Hartley, marks “the first time that she expresses her own abstract visions for making art, and they become part of the language that she uses throughout the rest of her career.”

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The CMA would like to thank the following sponsors:

Presented by

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  • Joyce & George Hill
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Supporting Sponsors

  • Joe and Melissa Blanchard
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  • Mr. M. Edward Sellers

Additional Support Provided by Grants From

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Contributing Sponsors

Patrons

  • Anonymous
  • Kay and John Bachmann
  • Mr. and Mrs. John M. Barton
  • Mrs. Barbara B. Boyd, in memory of my husband, William L. Boyd, III
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Patrick Donohue
  • Mr. and Mrs. Theodore B. DuBose
  • Mrs. Virginia M. Grose
  • Susan B. and C. Carroll Heyward
  • Dr. Jessica Kross
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  • Carol Saunders
  • Brenda and Rick Wheeler
  • Walda C. Wildman, CPA, LLC