April 2024 Meeting

 Portrait of an Artist: The Early Years

April 10, 2024

Step into the captivating world of Georgia O’Keeffe in “Portrait of an Artist: The Early Years.” In this immersive presentation, historian Joe Chase offers a glimpse into the formative years of one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century. Her bustling farm family of Irish, Hungarian, and Dutch descent comprised her parents, two aunts, and six siblings under one roof. The rural surroundings with farm animals, crops in the fields, rolling hills, and open prairies, all provided visual and sensory stimuli. Georgia, being the oldest daughter, assumed the duties of tending the garden, looking after her siblings, and maintaining housekeeping chores, during a life stage that researchers have found to be pivotal in terms of learning and development.

   Let’s explore the roots of O’Keeffe’s passion for creativity, as we delve into her journey from the tranquil landscapes of rural Sun Prairie to the bustling streets of New York City, and culminating in her eventual retreat to the landscapes of Santa Fe. Through captivating storytelling and visuals, Joe invites you to trace the footsteps of a visionary whose trailblazing creations continue to inspire and captivate audiences around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned art enthusiast or a curious newcomer, this presentation promises to deepen your appreciation for Georgia O’Keeffe’s remarkable legacy and the profound impact of her early years on the trajectory of modern art.