This exhibition catalogue reveals the little-known breadth of Georgia O’Keeffe’s interest in northern New Mexico and illuminates her keen sensitivity and deep respect for the Native American and Hispano cultures of the region. From 1931 to 1945, O’Keeffe created drawings, watercolors, and paintings of Kachina dolls (or Katsinam), carved representations of Hopi spirit beings.
This book features fifteen drawings and paintings of katsina subjects and thirty-eight additional works that resulted from the artist’s deep exploration of the distinctive architecture and cultural objects of the region. The exhibition included 15 of these depictions, together with actual Kachina dolls and over 30 paintings and works on paper of New Mexico landscapes and architecture.
Barbara Buhler Lynes
As an art historian, curator, professor, and preeminent scholar on the art and life of Georgia O’Keeffe, Lynes served as the founding curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico from 1999-2012, where she curated or oversaw more than thirty exhibitions of works by O’Keeffe and her contemporaries. Lynes was also the Founding Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center from 2001-2012. She holds a PhD in French Literature from the University of California, Riverside and a PhD in Art History from Indiana University Bloomington. She has written books, book chapters, and essays on O’Keeffe and other American modernists.
Curator at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Kastner’s research, publications, and curatorial projects focus on the diversity of American modernism.