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O'Keeffe Museum Research Center to Open in July

Magazine article Art Business News

O'Keeffe Museum Research Center to Open in July

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SANTA FE, N.M.--George G. King, director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, recently announced that the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, a component of the museum and the first research center dedicated to the study of American Modernism, will open in Santa Fe on July 13.

The research center will offer six stipends annually for periods of three to 12 months to qualified historians in the fields of art history, architectural history and design, literature, music and photography. One stipend is set aside for a museum curator interested in organizing an exhibition pertaining to American Modernism at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The first stipend program begins in September.

Barbara Buhler Lynes, curator of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and noted O'Keeffe scholar, is the Emily Fisher Landau director of the Research Center. Lynes believes "modernism" is a term that defies easy definition, and since the 1970s, its meaning has increasingly become the subject of much debate.

"The term has been used since the 1890s to characterize numerous but widely different developments in the arts in America" Lynes said. The early 20th-century works of Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, John Marin and O'Keeffe have been defined as "modern." But so has the output of numerous artists working in the second half of the century whose imagery is dramatically different from theirs, such as abstract expressionists Arshile Gorky and Robert Motherwell, pop artist Andy Warhol, and the neo-realist Philip Pearlstein. …

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