This past summer, the Nevada Museum of Art welcomed a blockbuster exhibition that has attracted thousands of visitors from across the West Coast. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern offers a fresh look at the life, art, and style of a renowned modernist artist. Living Modern expands the common understanding of this icon in the context of her self-crafted public persona—including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera. The exhibition focuses on O’Keeffe’s wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs that confirm and explore her determination to control how the world understood her identity and artistic values. Organized by the Brooklyn Museum, the Nevada Museum of Art is the only venue in the western United States to host the exhibition.
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern opens with an introduction that demonstrates how O’Keeffe began to craft her signature style as a high school student and continues in four parts. The first is devoted to her early New York years when she lived with Alfred Stieglitz and made many of her own clothes. It also examines Stieglitz’s multi-year, serial portrait project, which ultimately helped her to become one of the most photographed American artists in history and contributed to her understanding of photography’s power to shape her public image.
Her years in New Mexico comprise the second section, in which the desert landscape influenced her painting and dress palette. A small third section explores the influence and importance of Asian aesthetics in her personal style. The final section displays images made after Stieglitz’s era by photographers who came to visit her in the Southwest.
O’Keeffe passed away at the age of 98 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on March 6, 1986, but her style and artwork continue to live on.
Haven’t seen Living Modern yet? Not to fear. You still have a few weeks. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modernwill be on view at the Nevada Museum of Art in downtown Reno through October 20.
Also on view through October 20 is The Art of Jack Malotte.Jack Malotte makes artworks that celebrate the landscapes of the Great Basin, with a unique focus on contemporary political issues faced by Native people seeking to protect and preserve access to their lands. Malotte infuses wry humor into his work, even as he delves into subject matter that is sometimes serious and sobering. Malotte’s most recent work reconsiders historical narratives and myths of the American West, refers to Western Shoshone and Washoe traditions and legends, and highlights longtime political, environmental, and legal struggles of Native communities.
Malotte will be at the Museum for Coffee and Conversation, a farewell reception and book signing this Saturday, October 5 at 11 am. Even if you aren’t familiar with Malotte’s work, make an effort to meet him this weekend. More than an immeasurably talented artist, he is a gracious human. His personality and his work will leave you inspired. Need motivation? Watch him discuss his work in this exhibition video.
To learn more about these and other exhibitions, visit nevadaart.org.
By Amanda Horn, Senior Vice President, Communications