“Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” Brooklyn Museum

“Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern”
Brooklyn Museum


Long before social media, Georgia O'Keeffe was conscious of how she appeared in front of the camera. She knew her best angles and dressed the part, curating an image of how she wanted the world to see her.

At the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibition, “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern,” which is in its final weeks and ends July 23, chronicles her growth as a self-stylist through a series of photographs of her shoes, hats, accessories, homes and most importantly, herself - a woman who was the walking definition of minimalism. The exhibition also features select works by Ms. O'Keeffe that were first displayed at the Brooklyn Museum in 1927, along with a few clothing items.

The photographs were taken by Andy Warhol, Annie Leibovitz, Cecil Beaton, Bruce Weber, and tons of other great photographers. Looking at them transports you back in time to an era when a strong-willed, iconic woman, took control of her own life and projected it in her own way.

As artists and writers, what we wear can speak so much about who we are. Sometimes, our personalities choose our clothing, and other times the way we create influences what we wear. Ms. O'Keeffe knew the power of clothes. She wore what she wanted and lived life her way.

My favorite piece is a white linen blouse. It immediately reminded me of warm summer nights, wearing a white linen dress, while writing to the soft and tender music of Bach.

In the words of Georgia O'Keeffe, "I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."

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