Art History Lecture Series Presents "Out Of Georgia O’Keeffe’S Closet: Clothes, Fashion, And Dressing Modern" By Wanda Corn

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Art History Lecture Series Presents "Out Of Georgia O’Keeffe’S Closet: Clothes, Fashion, And Dressing Modern" By Wanda Corn
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Art History Lecture Series Presents "Out of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Closet: Clothes, Fashion, and Dressing Modern" by Wanda Corn

April 14, 4 p.m.
Art Building UT Campus, Room 1.120
Free and open to the public

Modern artists in the first decades of the 20th-century newly defined what art could be, and painter Georgia O’Keeffe was a vital contributor to this generational shift. O’Keeffe’s clothing style became an intimate part of her artistic identity. She dressed like she painted, putting high value on abstraction and simplicity. Exploring how modern artists redefined themselves and their art, Wanda Corn has carefully researched the apparel of select key artists. Studying the clothes the painter left behind in her closets, this lecture will explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s use of dress to join body and art in a common aesthetic.

Wanda M. Corn is the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History at Stanford University. Corn earned a B.A. in 1963, M.A. in 1965 and Ph.D. in 1974 from New York University and has taught at Washington Square College, the University of California, Berkeley and Mills College before teaching at Stanford University.

Active as a visiting curator, she has produced various books and exhibitions, including The Color of Mood: American Tonalism 1990-1910 (1972); The Art of Andrew Wyeth (1973); and Grant Wood: The Regionalist Vision (1983) and in 2011–12, Seeing Gertrude Stein, Five Stories. Her historiographic article for Art Bulletin, "Coming of Age: Historical Scholarship in American Art" (June 1988), became a significant point of reference in the field as has her work on cultural nationalism in early American modernism. Her study of avant-garde modernist culture along the Atlantic rim, The Great American Thing: Modern Art and American Identity, 1915-35, was published by the University of California Press 1999. UC Press recently published Professor Corn’s Women Building History about Mary Cassatt and the decorative program of murals and sculptures for the Woman’s Building at the 1893 Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. She is now working on an exhibition exploring Georgia O’Keeffe’s dress, homes and studios. She continues to research, write, and lecture on high, middle, and low culture interpretations of Grant Wood’s American Gothic.

IMAGE CREDIT: Eliot Porter, [Trip down Colorado River with Georgia O'Keeffe and Porter family (Steve and Kathy)], dye imbibition print, 1961, © 1990 Amon Carter Museum.
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