Today in History: Remembering Georgia O’Keeffe
Fittingly dressed as one’s biography, it is the day to present to the classroom. Babe Ruth, Marie Curie, and Queen Elizabeth file ceremoniously through the doors, but the school greeter — cum artist-teacher, casts his eye quickly to the back of the entrance line and smiles in surprise, recognizing, recollecting, and yes, approving the choice. She sports a beret and carries a palette whose bright blotches contrast with her stark attire — pure black, from head to foot — a long skirt and long-sleeved top, fashioned together from her mother’s old clothes. It is like a collage of school, work, and home, for when our daughter selected her subject a couple of months earlier, I could share the exciting connection to Teachers College, an institution which, through my many years of service, is a very part of my bones.
The “Mother of American Modernism”, Georgia O’Keeffe died on March 6, 1986 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was known for her body innovative art, which included paintings of flowers, city and landscapes, and images of bones in the desert. For a short period of time O’Keeffe attended Teachers College, where she studied under Arthur Welsey Dow, American painter, printmaker, photographer and influential arts educator.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Seldis, H. (1967, Jan 22). Georgia O’Keeffe at 78: Tough-Minded Romantic. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File)
- Asbury, E.E. (1968, Nov 02). Silent Desert Still Charms Georgia O’Keeffe, Near 81. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Zito, T. (1977, Nov 09). Georgia O’Keeffe: At Home on Ghost Ranch: The Iconoclastic Artist at 90 at Home and Alone on Ghost Ranch. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Hobhouse, H. (1980, May 11). The Artist Behind the Canvas. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Georgia O’Keeffe Dies at 98: Was a Leader in Contemporary Art. (1986, Mar 07). Newsday (1940-1988)
- Wallach, A. (1986, Mar 07). Georgia O’Keeffe 1887-1986: The Desert Was her Canvas; the Artist Painted the Way She Lived — Without Embellishment. Newsday (1940-1988)
- Washington, P.R. (1986, Mar 07). The Enduring Light of Georgia O’Keeffe. The Washington Post (1974-Current File)
- Coburn, M. (1987, Nov 15). In Her Own Word: The Letters of Georgia O’Keeffe Paint a Portrait of the Woman Behind the Myth. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File)
- Tsuda, M. (1988, Feb 03). Georgia O’Keeffe. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Curtis, C. (1991, Jul 13). The Shape of Dow’s Influence. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File)
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