Denver Art Museum Brings Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer, First Exhibition Devoted to the Artist’s Photography, in 2022

Revelatory exhibition presents nearly 100 images of O’Keeffe’s photography alongside a selection of paintings and drawings by the iconic American artist
Black and white photograph of a Jimsonweed flower

Georgia O'Keeffe, Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), 1964–68, black-and-white Polaroid, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Denver—December 14, 2021—The Denver Art Museum (DAM) will bring a trove of newly identified photographs by groundbreaking artist Georgia O’Keeffe to Colorado in 2022 in an exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) with the collaboration of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Photographer, reveals a new aspect of the Modernist artist’s career through nearly 100 photographs. This exhibition is the culmination of three years of research and analysis by Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at MFAH. Volpe visited numerous collections to identify more than 400 images by O’Keeffe. The presentation will be on view at the DAM from July 3 through November 6, 2022, in the Hamilton Building’s Gallagher Family Gallery on level 1. The exhibition will be included in general admission, which is free for members and all visitors 18 and under every day, thanks to the Free for Kids program at the DAM, supported by Scott Reiman and BELLCO.

“Georgia O’Keeffe has been historically and globally recognized for her incredible depictions of flowers, stark landscapes of the American southwest and New York skyscrapers, but less known for the fascinating photographic practice that she quietly and consistently honed,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “We are so pleased to offer an exhibition that enriches everyone’s understanding and appreciation of an iconic American artist.”

O’Keeffe (1887–1986) focused on her mastery of painting for decades, but also was very fond of expressing her unique perspective through other mediums, such as photography. Her creative identity and singular artistry were well established by the time she focused on photography in the mid-1950s, showing the artist’s ongoing fascination with the cycles and transformations of nature.

The exhibition is organized by the key tenets of O’Keeffe’s photography—reframing, the rendering of light and seasonal change—revealing the ways she used photography as part of her unique and encompassing artistic vision.

“Georgia O’Keeffe and her artistry have inspired volumes of scholarly analysis, exhibitions and portraiture,” said Eric Paddock, Curator of Photography at the DAM. “This exhibition from MFAH finally sheds light on her work as a photographer. O’Keeffe explored the world with a camera to refine and clarify her vision as a painter. These photographs provide startling insight into her work.”

A photograph by Georgia O'Keeffe titled, "Ladder Against Studio Wall with Black Chow (Bo-Bo)"

Georgia O'Keeffe, Ladder Against Studio Wall with Black Chow (Bo-Bo), 1959–60, gelatin silver print, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Exhibition Support

Georgia O'Keeffe: Photographer is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, with the collaboration of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. Support for the Denver Art Museum exhibition is provided by the donors to the Annual Fund Leadership Campaign and the residents who support the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). Promotional support is provided by 5280 Magazine and CBS4.

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Image Credits

Image 1: Georgia O'Keeffe, Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium), 1964–68. Black-and-white Polaroid.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. ©Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Image 2: Georgia O'Keeffe, Ladder against Studio Wall with White Bowl, 1959–60. Gelatin silver print. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe. ©Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Image 3: Todd Webb, Georgia O’Keeffe with Camera, 1959, printed later. Inkjet print. Todd Webb Archive. ©Todd Webb Archive, Portland, Maine, USA.