Georgia O’Keefe: Living Modern

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art is celebrating its 100th anniversary by exhibiting the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe.

Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern runs until November 19th and examines how the artist’s contemporary interpretations shaped her art, fashion, and lifestyle.
Abandoning the principles of the Victorian era, Georgia O’Keeffe was captivated by modern, enlightened notions of art and life. She was a modern woman from an old-fashioned time.

photo credit: Maggie Grundy

Georgia O’Keeffe is one of the most famous artists in American modernism movement. She is celebrated for her abstract paintings of flowers, distinct landscapes, and animal skeletons.

Her art mostly consists of flowers. She loved to paint them because they represented feminism. Her signature paintings always had three flowers in them. She also was inspired greatly by New York, her home for a bit. 

The curators made the choice to display Georgia O’Keeffe paintings, clothing, and photographs of her simultaneously in the main exhibit. The exhibition begins with her earlier pieces and shows her transition into modernism.

O’Keeffe loved black and white because they created light and dark contrast on her body.

She was famous for creating dresses with v-necks, which are still seen today by many as the most flattering neckline. O’Keeffe was a modern woman, thus the title of this exhibit. She loved to wear black tailored suits, and even sometimes wore men’s button down shirts. She wore the “menswear trend” before it was trendy, and was instrumental in wearing v-neck wrap dresses. O’Keeffe was also known for wearing blue denim or chambray shirts.

O’Keeffe wore Salvatore Ferragamo shoes and Pucci dresses. The exhibit showcases how these designers have been designing for years, and that their classic silhouettes never go out of style.

The Living Modern exhibit proved that certain pieces such as wrap dresses, white cotton shirts, blue chambray button downs, and black and white pieces are wardrobe staples for the modern woman. O’Keeffe lived in a completely different world than we do now, and yet we still wear pieces that she swore by.

WFU Style’s Elizabeth Guariglia and Maggie Grundy channel their inner Georgia O’Keeffe after checking out the exhibit


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