SANTA FE, NM.- The Georgia OKeeffe Museum presents Georgia OKeeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities, an exhibition that brings together, for the first time, approximately 97 works by two of Americas best-known artists. The exhibition demonstrates the Museums ongoing commitment to presenting OKeeffes work together with that of her contemporaries, and to defining her achievement within the context of American Modernism (1890spresent).
OKeeffe and Adams met in Taos, New Mexico, in 1929, an encounter that initiated a lifelong friendship. In 1933, Adams traveled for the first time from California to New York, where he met OKeeffes husband, Alfred Stieglitz, the éminence grise of American Modernist photography. The three became friends, and on subsequent trips to New York, Adams always visited and spent time with Stieglitz and OKeeffe.
Adams and OKeeffe shared a profound appreciation of the natural world. In 1937, they traveled with other friends to explore sites in the Southwest, and in 1938, OKeeffe and others joined Adams for a pack trip in the Yosemite High Sierra. OKeeffe and Adams wrote one another from time to time, and portions of Adamss last visit with OKeeffe, at her Abiquiu house in 1981, were included in Ansel Adams: Photographer (1981), a documentary film of his life and art.
During their lifetimes, OKeeffe and Adams became two of Americas most celebrated icons. This exhibitionthe first exploration of these artists together and of the significance of their achievements in capturing the reality and essence of the world around themclarifies the various parallels between their distinctive visions of the natural world.
Anne Hammond, an Honorary Research Scholar at the Georgia OKeeffe Museums Research Center in 2001 and a specialist in the work of Ansel Adams, is the exhibitions guest curator. Little, Brown, and Company has published the exhibition catalogue, which includes essays by: journalist Richard B. Woodard; Sandra Phillips, Senior Curator of Photography, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Barbara Buhler Lynes, Curator, Georgia OKeeffe Museum, and the Emily Fisher Landau Director, Georgia OKeeffe Museum Research Center.
Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities was organized by the Georgia OKeeffe Museum.