Past Event

Talks

Shared Aesthetics: Georgia O’Keeffe and Modern Design

  • Wednesday, February 1
  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM MT
  • Online

This event is free to attend. Please register in advance. Please email contact@gokm.org or call 505.946.1000 for assistance with event registration.

Rational ideals of Modernism were emerging across art, literature, dance, theatre, and design. In the decorative arts, Bauhaus principles of minimalism, new materials, function, and form were exemplified. Modernism rejected precious methods of composition to reveal the essence of an object and its utility. It is no wonder that Georgia O’Keeffe found commonality and ultimately friendship in designers like Alexander Girard, and Ray and Charles Eames. In this talk, Elizabeth Lay will examine the origins of American modern design in the mid-twentieth century through furniture and textiles, and how it was lived by Georgia O’Keeffe and her circle of innovative friends.

About the Speaker

Elizabeth Lay is the newly retired Curator at Montgomery History specializing in American decorative arts. She is a regular speaker on design topics for Smithsonian Associates and the host of their “Lunch with the Curator” program. Her research focuses on 20th century design and material culture with an emphasis on creative women working between 1915 and 1965. She holds a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Smithsonian-GMU program in Design History. Additionally, she is an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University teaching Women Designers of the Twentieth Century.

Upcoming Events

Red stroke, that starts a third of the way up the left side of the paper, curls in and continues vertical, stopping before the edge of the paper. Another red stroke begins in the middle of the curve of the first stroke and curves downward, and then continues to the edge of the paper. A singular red circle is in the middle of the paper, above the red curving stroke.

Event Classes

Online Class: Beginning Watercolor Techniques

Online

Wednesday, February 8

6:00pm

Image of a young person's hands with various stamp ink pads in different colors on a table

Event Community Events

Hands-On Artmaking

La Farge Library Community Room

Thursday, February 9

3:30pm

Still life grouping of tea pot, small canister in foreground and coffee pot on view's right. Muted pallet of greys and greens in horizontal format.

Event Classes

Online Class: Intermediate Watercolors

Online

Thursday, February 9

5:30pm