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Georgia O'Keefe Scholar To Explore the Artist's Long Distance Relationship with the New York City Art World

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Curator and author Barbara Buhler Lynes, director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will discuss "Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: Identity and Place" on Tuesday, November 15, at 6:00 p.m. in Taylor Hall, Room 203. Lynes will focus on the renowned painter's relationship with the New York City art world after O'Keeffe relocated to New Mexico in 1949. This event is free and open to the public.

O'Keeffe is best known for her provocative paintings of abstracted natural forms, seen close-up and simplified, including flowers, skulls, cityscapes and desert landscapes. She first moved to New York City in 1918, and in 1929 began to spend part of each year living and painting in New Mexico, before moving there full-time in 1949. Rather than losing importance with New York art galleries and dealers after settling in New Mexico, O'Keeffe found a greater degree of control and influence over both her career and public image.

Georgia O'Keeffe continued to paint and sculpt well into her 90s, and her work is now prominent in the world's leading museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Barbara Buhler Lynes is both director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center and curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe, and she was earlier a professor of art history at The Maryland Institute College of Art, in Baltimore. Her publications include Georgia O'Keeffe and Andy Warhol: Flowers of Distinction (with Heather Hole, Neil Printz, and John Smith), Georgia O'Keeffe and New Mexico: A Sense of Place (with Leslie Poling-Kempes, Frederick Turner, 2004), Maria Chabot/Georgia O'Keeffe: Correspondence, 1941-1949 (with Ann Paden, 2003), Georgia O'Keeffe Museum: Highlights of the Collection (2003), Georgia O'Keeffe and the Calla Lily in American Art, 1860-1940 (with C. Eldredge and Jim Moore, 2002), O'Keeffe's O'Keeffes: The Artist's Collection (with Russell Bowman, 2001), Georgia O'Keeffe: Catalogue Raisonne (2 vols; 1999), and O'Keeffe: Stieglitz and the Critics, 1916-1929 (1991).

For further information, please contact Dan Peck, professor of English, and Environmental Studies Program faculty member, at (845) 437-5662. This talk is funded by the college's Helen Forster Novy '28 Fund for Visiting Scholars, with further support from the Department of Art and Environmental Studies Program. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Tuesday, November 15, 2005