#42 Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, with Wanda M. Corn


A current exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum, Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, explores how Georgia O’Keeffe used her wardrobe and photographs taken of her to help craft her public image. In this episode, Christine talks with guest curator Wanda M. Corn about how she came upon a trove of the artist’s clothes (many of which O’Keeffe sewed by hand), and how O’Keeffe applied her modern aesthetic to nearly every facet of her life.

The show runs through July 23, 2017 in Brooklyn. It will travel to two more museums: the Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina Aug. 18-Nov. 17, 2017; and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Massachusetts Dec. 16-April 1, 2018. 

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Outro: “Beast on the Soil,” Desert Orchard by Blue Dot Sessions

A few interesting tidbits from this episode:

Eisa was the Spanish label for Cristóbal Balenciaga

O’Keeffe wore minimalist Marimekko dresses as her comfy house dresses

Wanda’s book Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories

Susan Ward was the independent curator that helped archive O’Keeffe’s wardrobe in New Mexico. Lisa Small, a curator a the Brooklyn Museum, coordinated the Brooklyn show.

Appearances Can Be Deceiving, the Mexico City exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe

Alfred Stieglitz, O’Keeffe’s husband, had a 20-year monopoly on taking pictures of O’Keeffe

A selection of images from the show:


Alfred Stieglitz (American, 1864–1946). Georgia O’Keeffe, circa 1920–22. Gelatin silver print, 4½ x 3½ in. (11.4 x 9 cm). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation, 2003.01.006. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum RESTRICTIONS: The image may only be reproduced with the strict understanding that it will not be cropped or altered in any way, bled to the edges, guttered, wrapped around the outside cover, nor superimposed with any printing. The image must have a white border of appropriate size. Full credit must be given for the image









Padded Kimono (Tanzen), circa 1960s–70s. Silk with woven black and gray stripe. Inner garment: Kimono. White linen (?). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, N.M.; Gift of Juan and Anna Marie Hamilton, 2000.03.0359 and 2000.03.0404. (Photo: © Gavin Ashworth)



One comment

  1. Brenda Kimberlin

    So glad for a new interview, I learn so much from this podcast.

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