O'Keeffe and Co. to travel to the Fine Arts Center next summer


Georgia O'Keeffe, Dark Iris No. 1 - 1927, Oil on canvas, Anonymous gift, FA1954.4 Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation
  • Georgia O'Keeffe, Dark Iris No. 11927, Oil on canvas, Anonymous gift, FA1954.4 Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation
For the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, 2015 will be a year of strong women, American Modernism and further focus on what it does best: Art of the west.

That's all because it will play host to Eloquent Objects: Georgia O'Keeffe and Still Life Art in New Mexico, a traveling exhibition organized by International Arts. The 40-piece show features work by O'Keeffe, as well as names such as: Joseph Henry Sharp, Raymond Jonson, Catherine Critcher and Maurice Sterne, all of whom have ties to the Land of Enchantment for different reasons, and from periods ranging from the "pioneering generation" of the teens through the mid-20th century.

Eloquent Objects will naturally be accompanied by the FAC's own holdings, including its O'Keeffe, "Dark Iris No. 1," a portrait of the artist by Myron Wood, and works by her contemporaries. As it's done in the past, the FAC will also tie in programming with the theater — 2015-2016 will open with The Penelopiad, Margaret Atwood's female answer to The Odyssey, and continue with an O'Keeffe-themed Rough Writers new play festival — and Bemis, which will offer courses in floral arranging, cooking and workshops with renowned photographer Craig Varjabedian both here and in Santa Fe, NM.

(So you're likely seeing the strong women trend here, but in case you forgot, remember the ladies behind the FAC's start: Julie Penrose, Elizabeth Sage Hare and Alice Bemis Taylor.)

Beyond it's own walls, the FAC has plans for collaborations with the Pikes Peak Library District, the Rocky Mountain Women's Film InstituteCottonwood Center for the ArtsAspenPointe and the Women's and Ethnic Studies Program at UCCS.

As for the exhibit, according to the Eiteljorg Museum (which supplied Critcher's "Pueblo Family" for the show), it will stop first at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in October and then hit the Tacoma Museum of Art before opening at the FAC on June 27, 2015.

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