While I fully recognize the importance of Georgia O’Keeffe as an artist, more specifically as a pioneer in modernist and feminist art – I have never been, (and now after seeing this exhibit) am still not, a huge fan.
If you are excited to finally experience, in person, O’Keeffe’s more famous works, don’t get your hopes up – that is not at all what this exhibit is about. Instead, you will find “a small but important facet of her work that has been largely unknown and rarely displayed...” - and probably for good reason (quote from the Heard Museum website, HERE).
The generous two story exhibit featured barely identifiable sketches in old notebooks, paintings of katsina dolls, New Mexico landscapes, photographs, video installations, and sculptural objects relating to O’Keeffe’s time spent in New Mexico between 1929 and 1953. In an attempt to add depth and purpose to O'Keeffe's work, appropriate katsina dolls (katsina tithu), and related works by Dan Namingha (Tewa/Hopi) and Ramona Sakiestewa (Hope) were added to the exhibit. In many cases, the works by the additional artists were more impressive than those by O’Keeffe.
While this exhibit did little to rouse my enthusiasm, I would still very much recommend a visit to the Heard Museum to experience the rich native culture and history of Arizona.
Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam and the Land will be on display until March 3, 2014.
Heard Museum Hours
Monday – Saturday: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Children 6-12: $7:50
Children 5 and younger: FREE
American Indians: FREE
Museum Members: FREE (click HERE to join today!)
Check back on Monday for a deeper exploration of the art found at Phoenix's Heard Museum.