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Opening Lecture for Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow
July 6 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please join Sue Canterbury, the Pauline Gill Sullivan Associate Curator of American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art and curator of the exhibition Ida O’Keeffe: Escaping Georgia’s Shadow, as she presents her lecture “Ida O’Keeffe: Untimely Ambitions and Obstacles Unforeseen”. Before joining the DMA, Canterbury served as Associate Curator in the Department of Paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, which was preceded by her first curatorial post as Assistant Curator at the Clark Art Institute. She holds an MA and BA in Art History from Williams College and Wellesley College, respectively. Her most recent DMA exhibitions include: Alexandre Hogue: The Erosion Series (2014); Edward Steichen: In Exaltation of Flowers (2017); and, Cult of the Machine: Precisionism and American Art (2018).
Canterbury will discuss the notion that while Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe (1889–1961) possessed considerable talent, her decision to become a professional artist in her late thirties, in the deepest years of the Great Depression, presented the least of her challenges. Like the overwhelming majority of women artists of the era, she struggled to find gallery representation and exhibition opportunities, all while teaching art at a succession of schools. As the sister of Georgia, the most famous female artist of the century, and the sister-in-law of Alfred Stieglitz, the premiere gallerist in America, Ida’s success would seem a foregone conclusion. Instead, that was the very quarter of her life from which she would receive outright obstruction.
Image: Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe, Variation on a Lighthouse Theme II (detail), c. 1931–32. Oil on canvas. Private collection, Dallas, Texas