‘Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George’ Announced

The Hyde Collection, in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, is organizing a first-of-its kind exhibition that will examine the body of work created by Georgia O’Keeffe of and at Lake George, New York. The exhibition opens in Santa Fe on October 4, and will be on view through January 2014.

Between 1918 and 1934, O’Keeffe (1887-1986) lived for part of each year at Alfred Stieglitz’s (1864-1946) family estate on Lake George, the resort destination in the Adirondacks of New York. The 36-acre property was situated just north of Lake George Village along the western shoreline. It served as a rural retreat for the artist, providing the basic materials for her art and a spirit of place that was essential to O’Keeffe’s approach to the natural world. During this decade, O’Keeffe created more than 200 paintings on canvas and paper in addition to sketches and pastels, making her Lake George years among the most prolific and transformative of her seven-decade career. This period also coincided with her first critical success and emergence as a professional artist; yet, Lake George is often portrayed as an annoyance from which she tried to escape. The exhibition explores the range of O’Keeffe’s work inspired by Lake George.

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George was organized by the Hyde Collection, in association with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The national presentations of the exhibition and catalogue have been made possible, in part, with support from The Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support and related programming were made possible, in part, by a grant from The Burnett Foundation, and partially funded by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers’ Tax. Additional support for the catalogue has been provided by Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.