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Actress Brings Georgia O'Keeffe to Life

Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts

October 26, 2009

"Artful Lives: A Living Portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe" will be presented by Boston actress Robin Lane at the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. The program is free with the price of admission to the museum.

The one-woman performance dramatizes the life of artist O'Keeffe, widely considered to be the most famous woman artist of our time. She died in 1986 at the age of 98, leaving behind more than 2,000 works of art in the American Modernist style.

 

Born one of seven children in Wisconsin, O'Keeffe studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. Three years after the death of her husband in 1943 (photographer and art promoter Alfred Stieglitz), O'Keeffe moved permanently to New Mexico. The landscape there had inspired much of her work since 1929 when she began spending summers painting there. Her scenes of the northern New Mexico desert are so well-known, many refer to that territory as "O'Keeffe country."

 

O’Keeffe’s "New Mexican Landscape" is on view in the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. It is among the museum's earliest acquisitions and was probably painted in 1930.

 

The performance has been planned in celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts. The program is funded in part by a grant from the Springfield Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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