For seven decades, Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) was a major figure in American art, while staying true to her own vision of essential, abstract forms in nature. The Brooklyn Museum has put together an extraordinary exhibition on the exploration of her identity—both in the studio and beyond—examining how she used clothing to shape her public persona. On display until July 23, this exhibit is not to be missed. After your inspirational visit, chances are you’ll look for ways to continue the O’Keeffe experience. Here’s your guide to bringing Georgia into your closet, home, and daily life.
When thinking of the artist, gorgeous sun-soaked New Mexican deserts or magnified petals and flowers probably come to mind. But O’Keefe raised to fame first for her urban paintings of New York City skyscrapers.
Just before moving to New Mexico permanently, O’Keeffe painted a love letter farewell to New York in this iconic Brooklyn Bridge painting from 1949.
Steal inspiration from the metal cable design with these thin wire chairs by Studio WM.
O’Keeffe’s New Mexico paintings reflected her deep interest in the stark desert landscapes, open skies, and of course, sun bleached animal bones.
This 1956 portrait features her Abiquiu patio—a focus of many different types of paintings during her life. (She painted the same door at different times of day during different seasons.)
You can add the gorgeous dusty pink Abiquiu color to your home with The Granite vase.
O’Keeffe had her very first museum exhibition in 1927 at the Brooklyn Museum, and Black Pansy and Forget-Me-Nots was on display for that special occasion. It has been with the Brooklyn Museum ever since.
This early-in-her-career watercolor showcases an exploration of simple, enlarged motifs that speak volumes.
You can find this color scheme with a watercolor touch in these mesmerizing agate coasters.
The exhibition expands our understanding of O’Keeffe by focusing on her wardrobe, shown for the first time alongside key paintings and photographs. She was very purposeful with her clothing choices when photographed, wanting to convey strength and individuality to solidify her persona as an independent woman and artist.
While living in New York earlier in her life, O’Keeffe collected kimonos to wear around the house. Later in life, she adopted the look as her signature everyday outfit.
This portrait, from the ‘60s, was taken at Georgia’s Ghost Ranch estate, of which she once said, “to me it is the best place in the world.”