Eagle-eyed visitors to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in the recent past already knew that Georgia O'Keeffe was on deck for the museum's big fall exhibition; she'd been mentioned in advertising in the parking lot, for instance. This week, the museum made the official announcement.
The show, called Georgia O'Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life and created by Memphis, Tenn.-based museum services outfit International Arts, will present works by O'Keeffe alongside her contemporaries, with as the title says, a focus on still lifes. Look for 50-plus works in the Allen Whitehill Clowes Special Exhibition Gallery beginning Nov. 2.
Grabbing a quote from the news release, here's Harriet Warkel, the IMA's recently appointed guest curator of American Art, on the show: "This exhibition provides visitors with the opportunity to explore Georgia O'Keeffe's life, career, and fascination with the American Southwest through some of her most iconic work as well as many of her lesser-known, but none-the-less significant paintings. O'Keeffe inspired thousands of artists to travel west during the 20th century and the phenomenon spurred a fascination with the culture and landscape that is evident in the still-life paintings examined in this exhibition."
International Arts has created O'Keeffe-centered shows in the past; here's our review of Georgia O'Keeffe: Visions of the Sublime, which stopped by the Eiteljorg in 2005.
The IMA has several works by O'Keeffe in its permanent collection, notably "Pelvis with the Distance" and "Jimson Weed" (painted for cosmetics queen Elizabeth Arden, and donated to the IMA by Lilly in 1997, a couple decades after it acquired the company Arden founded).
Here are a few more works by O'Keeffe's contemporaries that are part of the show: