Masterworks of American Modernism has finally reached New Mexico!

From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection is making its final stop on a tour across the United States. Previously at the Philbrook Museum of Art and Phoenix Art Museum, the exhibition will open on September 25, 2015, at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In addition to the masterworks of modernism that were shown in Tulsa and Phoenix, this exhibition will include paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe from the museum’s collection. This pairing will highlight O’Keeffe’s significant role in modern art through innovation and dialogue with artists, including other members of the Alfred Stieglitz circle.

The exhibition is presented in several sections that represent the pathways artists took to modernism, from nature to urban landscapes and from European-inspired Cubism to regional works from the Southwest. “The collection makes evident that modernism is not monolithic: There is no single approach to painting, no exclusive subject or preferred medium that defines modernism so much as its spirit of insistent innovation and daring departure from the past,” says Cody Hartley, director of curatorial affairs at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Lavender Hill with Green, 1952. Georgia O’Keeffe. Oil on canvas. 12 x 27 1/8 (30.5 x 68.9). Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Burnett Foundation and The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation (1997.05.010). © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

“In the spirit of dialogue and innovation, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art are collaborating to host the Fall of Modernism, a citywide event focusing attention on modern art,” says Cody. The collaboration coincides with the opening of the exhibition and also includes O’Keeffe in Process at the New Mexico Museum of Art, among many other exhibitions, events, lectures, workshops, and openings throughout Santa Fe.

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has also announced a new mobile app that offers viewers in-gallery tours with audio, text, and images, including works in the exhibition, as well as other spaces of the museum. The app is now available for Android and iOS devices. 

From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection will be on view at The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum from September 25, 2015, to January 10, 2016.


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