Happy New Year!
2014 was such an exciting year for the Library!
I joined the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum team back in July as the Librarian for the Research Center. Of the many projects that I have been working on, perhaps my favorite has been to evaluate and ingest the Education Collection. By including these important resources in the Library, we can give visitors and volunteers who may not have a background in Art, a better understanding of Georgia O’Keeffe’s role in American Modernism.
Starting at the beginning of O’Keeffe’s interest in Art, we keep several copies of the book titled ” Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers” by Arthur Wesley Dow. O’Keeffe learned about this book in 1912 when she took a summer course for art teachers at the Teachers College through Columbia College. She was inspired by its alternative approaches and used it when she taught her own students in Amarillo, TX from 1912-1914.
O’Keeffe was part of a group of artists that have been referred to as “The Stieglitz Circle”. Young American artists such as Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Edward Steichen, Max Weber, and Georgia O’Keeffe were brought together by Alfred Stieglitz, and showed art at his gallery commonly called “291”. His curiosity and passion for photography is where his interest in American Modernism shines.
O’Keeffe’s role in American Modernism is particularly interesting when you consider gender. Understanding the role of Feminism in O’Keeffe’s art, is sometimes daunting. Many of the titles we have that deal with Feminism and the Stieglitz Circle, dissecting these issues and views into understandable parts, allowing for a deeper and richer understanding of her work.
Finally, one of my favorite titles within the Education Collection, is “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Camera : The Art of Identity” by Susan Danly, with an introduction by Barbara Buhler Lynes. Published by Yale University Press, “This publication brings together for the first time photographs by Stieglitz, Newman, Loengard, Webb, and others—many of which probe fascinating tensions between abstractionism and realism in O’Keeffe’s art. In addition, a selection of O’Keeffe’s works chronicles the span of her long career. ” (http://yalepress.yale.edu/book.asp?isbn=9780300126822)
Here, my own love for photography showcases the nature of the Art world in which O’Keeffe grew out of and contributed to. Additionally, the painting depicted in this interior is currently hanging on the walls of the Library, and has easily become one of my favorites!
Come by and see our new Education Collection in 2015! Our materials are open to the public by appointment (DETAILS HERE), and we hope to see you in the Library in 2015!
Mackenzie Salisbury, Librarian