Georgia O’Keefe’s Southwestern Still Lives Visit to the IMA

Indianapolis Museum of Art

Editor’s Note: Due to the fact that the Indianapolis Museum of Art does not own all of the exhibit’s art work, pictures could not be taken in the exhibit.

#Indianapolis – Art can be a way for people to experience cultures and emotions which they have never seen or felt, or it can also be a way to relive experiences you’ve had in your life or revisit cultures.

“Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life” at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is a way to experience a region of the United States which inspired O’Keefe’s work and had a drastic impact on her life. The primary focus of the exhibit is O’Keefe and analyzing her still life work through various categories such as flowers, edibles, architecture and cultural artifacts.

“When I got to New Mexico, that was mine. I’d never seen anything like it before, but it fitted to me exactly,” is a statement that can be found in the O’Keefe exhibit depicting how she felt about the Southwest United States. 

Indianapolis Museum of ArtThe exhibit displays many works from O’Keefe and her contemporary peers who enjoyed the same inspiration from the same environment.

Some of O’Keefe’s don’t miss pieces are her “Yellow Cactus,” “Black Door With Snow II,” “In the Patio I,” “Black Door With Red,” “Turkey Feathers in the Indian Pot” and “From the Faraway Nearby.”

“From the Faraway Nearby” is a personal favorite which incorporates the use of bones which are one of O’Keefe’s favorite objects to use in still lives.

The IMA owns art by O’Keefe, one of the more prominent pieces is the “Pelvis With the Distance” which is a piece complemented in this exhibit by one of her other works brought from another collection called “Pelvis With the Moon.” Both pieces are great to compare and contrast and use similar elements to achieve a still life which captures the anatomy of bones.

O’Keefe is known for her depictions of flowers and having a section dedicated to her and other artist’s work using flowers is only fitting. 

“I decided if I could paint that flower in huge scale, you could not ignore its beauty,” is a statement O’Keefe said displayed in the flowers section of the exhibit.

The IMA puts together great exhibits year round and the “Georgia O’Keeffe and the Southwestern Still Life” is a testament of that reputation. Bringing a Southwestern feel to Indianapolis through O’Keefe and her peers work is a wonderful way to discover a part of American culture which is influenced by both Native Americans, Hispanics and westbound explores. 

The exhibit will be on display until February 15, 2015 at the IMA. Tickets vary depending on age group. Friday-Sunday tickets will cost $20 for adults while Tuesday-Thursday costs $15.

For more information about the exhibit click the link here.