Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Artist Sisters: Issues of Identity

Date(s) - Thursday, March 28, 2019
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale


In the mid-1930s, Georgia O’Keeffe asked her artist sisters, Ida and Catherine, to abandon making art and their burgeoning careers despite her earlier strong support of their work. Catherine quit, but Ida did not. Barbara Buhler Lynes’s fascinating lecture will demonstrate how Georgia’s request was motivated by her and her husband’s (photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s) fears of Georgia losing her identity as an important American modernist and that her request had more to do with Catherine’s art than Ida’s.

Barbara Buhler Lynes is the Museum’s Sunny Kaufman Senior Curator. She is the preeminent scholar on the life and work of Georgia O’Keeffe and was formerly the founding curator, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, and the founding director of its research center. She is the author of numerous books on the artist and her contemporaries, including Georgia O’Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonné.

Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe, ‘Variation on a Lighthouse Theme IV,’ c. 1931–32, oil on canvas, Jeri L. Wolfson Collection

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