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Georgia O'Keeffe

  • Out of Line Art Gallery

    2812 W. Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL (map)

    41.895767 -87.697357

  • Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 - 1986) is a seminal American painter and one of the first modernists to sustain positive attention of a wider public, all in a midst of controversies surrounding avant-garde developments in art in the United States. Her artwork was first recognized for its trailblazing value by Alfred Stieglitz, himself a pioneer of fine art photography.

    When O’Keeffe was at a decisive point in her artistic career around 1915 and on a verge of quitting, she decided to forgo academic traditions and started working primarily with black and white charcoal drawings - in order to 'clear her mental palette' and to search for a more authentic means of expression for her ideas. At about the same time, Alfred Steiglitz, an acclaimed owner of 291 Gallery in New York, was on a look-out for emerging talent. A friend brought him a handful of drawings sent by O’Keeffe, and he was immediately taken by their innovative quality.  In these drawings, Stieglitz saw simultaneously a new movement, abstraction, and a new kind of female artist - emancipated, radically genuine, and unrepressed.  Almost right away, he began to promote O'Keeffe's work.  She gained notoriety quickly and became one of the most famous painters of her time.

    O’Keeffe’s art is characterized by purity and certain minimalism of form that is nonetheless very expressive, particularly of feelings and female sexuality. Her artwork is also often described as musical  - critics praised her ability to use color in much the same way a composer would use sound – to evoke an ambiance and feelings rather than a concrete representation. O’Keeffe herself admitted readily that she had at best a marginal interest in mimetic or representational work. Throughout her long career, she experimented with color, line, and design producing some of the most iconic images ever painted – close-ups of flowers, landscapes, and architecture whose semiotic charge continues to be felt to this day.

    Our discussion of Georgia O'Keeffe will be preceded by a short presentation. 


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  • Nuni

    Gusse it just wasn't going to happen for me to join you all, still on wait list

    3h ago

    • ayala

      By all means, do come, Nuni, all!

      1 · 1h ago

    • Rubana M.

      I am not going please take my place

      7m ago

  • Rubana M.

    Sorry something just came up and I won't be able to make it

    7m ago

  • ayala

    All 'wait listed' people - come anyways, no prob !

    2h ago

  • Anne K.

    I am still planning on being there.

    1 · Yesterday

  • Judy W.

    Visited the Georgia O'Keefe Art Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. What a treasure!

    Yesterday

  • Bonnie T.

    I read that when she exhibited her
    paintings at Steinglitz gallery, her
    work was sexualized by critics. She
    was horrified and humiliated.

    1 · Yesterday

  • Bonnie T.

    I'll definitely be there!

    Yesterday

  • Kinga

    Please, please - update those RSVPs ... Thank you! There are several people on the waiting list, if you are not coming - they'd love a spot.

    Yesterday

  • Lino D.

    Maybe the group would like a "ROAD TRIP" to Milwaukee's Art Museum to see even more of Georgia (She's a Wisconsin native)? The museum, a Calatrava, is a work of art in itself. I particularly like the parking garage.

    3 · 2 days ago

  • ayala

    So- Latest from Detroit: "Art Teacher Fired After Saying ‘Vagina’ 10 Times While Lecturing Kids on Georgia O’Keeffe". Ha.
    kids, make sure to use the code V anytime you mean that awful, dirty word :)

    2 · 5 days ago

  • Nuni

    Vagina!!!! Vagina!!!

    1 · 5 days ago

  • Kinga

    PLEASE READ: cookies, snacks, and beverages will be available to celebrate the holiday season. You are welcome to bring a treat to share with everyone. Remember to contribute to the donation jar if you opt to have drinks or snacks. Please do not bring coffee or own drinks to the gallery. Thank you and see you on December 10th!

    2 · 6 days ago

  • Lino D.

    If we promise to behave and wear only light garments, perhaps the maximum number of attendees can be expanded to 50 says the 5th person on the waiting list.

    1 · 6 days ago

    • ayala

      Fifth person, as well as others on the wait list: Feel free to come. The maximum is arbitrary. There haven't been a time yet that all RSVP'S made good on their (free) 'committment',­ so I am sure there will be enough air to breath, even if you dress in wool...

      4 · 6 days ago

  • Nikki

    Will we get a meeting place closer to the time of event?

    November 17

    • Kinga

      We are meeting at Out of Line Gallery - 2812 W Chicago Ave.

      November 17

  • Rubana M.

    A subruban question: is there parking near by?

    November 16

    • Kinga

      Good news - yes, there is free street parking around.

      November 16

    • Rubana M.

      thanks

      November 17

  • Bonnie T.

    I was in Santa Fe in September and went to the O'Keefe Museum several times. The show was her Texas years. I also visited Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch. Completely in love with New Mexico.

    2 · November 15

  • Kinga

    great little clip - O'Keeffe speaking about her artwork https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v71awD38Qy4

    2 · November 14

    • Kinga

      That is super cool! : )

      1 · November 15

    • Fernando

      I visited O'Keeffe Santa Fe museum in 2000 when I was in Santa Fe at The age of 19, that was actually my introduction to Georgia O'Keeffe :)

      1 · November 15

  • Fernando

    At a wedding that day :(

    November 6

    • ayala

      Thanks. I will post your name as a presenter. Also, if you bring your laptop we can use to screen to project bigger images...

      November 7

    • Kinga

      Yeah, I'll bring the laptop! Thanks! :)

      November 7

  • Caitlin Drake M.

    I just visited her home and studio in New Mexico. Perfect timing! I'll be there.

    2 · November 7

  • Ruth La S.

    I am sorry to miss this one, as I like the art of Georgia O'Keefe very much! I will be in India until February.

    November 7

    • ayala

      India! exciting. Hope you see a ;ot of art, take pics later sharing with the group...

      November 7

  • Kinga

    Ayala has graciously allowed us to use the gallery for the art meetup once more. Cookies, snacks, and beverages will be available to celebrate the holiday season. You are welcome to bring a treat to share with everyone. Remember to contribute to the donation jar if you have drinks or snacks. Please do not bring coffee or own drinks. Thank you and see you on December 10th!

    1 · November 6

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