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.
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: