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Conversation: Stories of O’Keeffe and New York

Thurs, Jun 13 | 6:00–7:00



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  • Registration required; free with museum admission

A white sun rimmed in blue and yellow shines rays of light down on a landscape split horizontally by a foggy red river. In the foreground, on one side of the river, the dark silhouette of rooftops and a single smokestack. On the other side, the hazy gray ghosts of small buildings, more smokestacks, and the faint clouds beyond them.

East River from the Shelton (East River No. 1), 1927–28

Georgia O’Keeffe. New Jersey State Museum Collection. Purchased by the Association for the Arts of the New Jersey State Museum with a gift from Mary Lea Johnson. Photo by Peter S. Jacobs

Join curator Annelise K. Madsen and scholar Wanda M. Corn for a conversation on Georgia O’KeeffeThey will consider how the artist herself talked about Manhattan in relation to her life and career—from reflections on skyscraper living in the Shelton Hotel in the 1920s and 1930s to recollective views of New York in her late decades from her home in New Mexico.

This conversation is being held in conjunction with the highly anticipated exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks.” 

About the Speakers

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Wanda M. Corn, a scholar of early 20th-century American Art, is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita at Stanford University. In 2017 she published Georgia O’Keeffe, Living Modern (Prestel Press) and organized an exhibition of the same name that premiered at the Brooklyn Museum and went on to six more venues across the country. Her research has taken her often to O’Keeffe’s two homes, archives, and museum in New Mexico. In 1980 she interviewed the artist for a chapter in her earlier study, The Great American Thing: Modern Art and American Identity, 1915–35 (University of California Press, 1999). Her new book, The Couple with the Pitchfork: From Local Folk to Global Icon, will be published in 2025.

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Annelise K. Madsen, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Associate Curator, Arts of the Americas, co-curated Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks.” Madsen joined the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and specializes in US painting, sculpture, and visual culture, and has particular interest in elevating historical women artists. She has curated and contributed to a number of exhibitions and publications at the museum, including John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age (2018), America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s (2016–17), and Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine (2013–14).

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