A New York City museum is highlighting famed painter Georgia O'Keeffe's role as a style icon. The Brooklyn Museum exhibit — titled "Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern" — features clothing, paintings and photos as part of a yearlong project celebrating feminist thinking. Guest curator Wanda M. Corn studied six decades worth of O'Keeffe's garments and accessories, telling the AP that O'Keeffe, who made many of her clothes, also was an artist "in her self-fashioning."
Exhibit coordinator Lisa Small says O'Keeffe's distinctive clothing style symbolized her lifelong commitment to minimalism. The exhibit, which runs until July 23, takes a new look at how the renowned modernist artist, famous for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes, proclaimed her progressive, independent lifestyle through a self-crafted public persona—including her clothing and the way she posed for the camera.
According to the Brooklyn Museum, it "expands our understanding of O'Keeffe by focusing on her wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. It confirms and explores her determination to be in charge of how the world understood her identity and artistic values."
In addition to selected paintings and items of clothing, the exhibition presents photographs of O’Keeffe and her homes by Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, Philippe Halsman, Yousuf Karsh, Cecil Beaton, Andy Warhol, Bruce Weber, Todd Webb, and others. It also includes works that entered the Brooklyn collection following O’Keeffe’s first-ever museum exhibition, which was held at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927.