The MoMA will commemorate the “mother of American modernism,” Georgia O’keeffe, for the first time since 1946 in a new exhibition opening next spring, beginning April 9 – August 12, 2023.
Georgia O’Keeffe: To See Takes Time will explore pieces done on paper made in series. Each work, done in either charcoal, watercolor, pastel, or graphite will “demonstrate the ways in which O’Keeffe developed, repeated, and changed motifs that blur the boundary between observation and abstraction,” shared the press release. “Seen together, these works demonstrate how drawing in series allowed O’Keeffe to revisit and rework subjects throughout her career, and reveal the thoughtful material choices behind her resplendent compositions.”
Exhibition highlights will include the early charcoal No. 8 – Special (Drawing No. 8) (1916), watercolors in the Evening Star series (1917), and Drawing X (1959), showcasing O’keeffe’s career over more than four decades.
“O’Keeffe’s works on paper are the perfect expression of her belief that ‘to see takes time,’” says associate curator Samantha Friedman. “She recognized the necessity of slowing down for her own vision, and, in turn, her sequences of drawings invite us to take time in looking.”
The first-of-its-kind exhibition will be the MoMA’s second exhibit devoted to the iconic artist in the museum’s history.
Learn more at the MoMA’s website here.