The Portland Museum of Art has done it once again, with a fantastic new exhibit called O’Keeffe, Stettheimer, Torr, Zorach: Women Modernists In New York. I’m glad I got to the PMA shortly after this show opened, because I know I will want to go back again before it closes. I was knocked out by the diverse, distinctive, and very strong work of these four women, and I found myself wondering why O’Keeffe is the only one I can recall learning about in my art history classes.
Photography is not allowed at this exhibit (it took a lot of restraint for me to not whip my phone out and snap away), but I was able to find some images online to provide a small sample of the work on view. Please note: these photographs do not do justice to the original artwork. In person, the blue in Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Horse’s Skull With Pink Rose” made me weak in the knees, and the flaming Christmas tree in Florine Stettheimer‘s “Portrait of My Sister, Ettie Stettheimer” had me transfixed. Don’t take my word for it, though: go to the show and see for yourself!
Florine Stettheimer, “Portrait of My Sister, Ettie Stettheimer”
Georgia O’Keeffe, “Horse’s Skull With Pink Rose”
Marguerite Zorach, “Deer In The Forest”
Helen Torr, “Evening Sounds”
The show runs through September 18th, so you have some time to get there, but like me, you may decide you want to visit twice! Don’t forget, the PMA has free admission on Friday nights, and Curtis Memorial Library has museum passes available at the front desk if a different day of the week is more convenient for you. Have you been to Women Modernists In New York? If so, what was your favorite part? Please share in the comments section!