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Getting to Know Georgia O’Keeffe: Exhibition Celebration

January 20 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Join the Peabody Essex Museum as we celebrate one of the giants of modern American art with a full day of public programs. Made possible by the Lowell Institute.

Fashion Design Pop-Up Studio
10 am-4 pm | Atrium

Students Kavya Khandavalli, Stephen Lamonica, and AK Liesenfeld from the School of Fashion Design, Boston, transform the Atrium into their fashion design atelier for the day! Working closely with professor and designer Jay Calderin, founder of Boston Fashion Week, the talented team have developed original clothing designs and custom O’Keeffe-inspired fabrics in honor of the artist’s legendary style. Armed with their imagination and sewing machines, they bring their creations to life.

Fashioning Identity
10:30 am-noon | Studio 1, Create Space
Reservations by January 19 (space limited)

Professor and fashion designer Jay Calderin leads a hands-on workshop exploring identity and the fashion design process. Using Georgia O’Keeffe’s personal style and artwork as a source of inspiration, guests learn steps to design original textiles and sketch out their own designs.


Georgia O’Keeffe (1977)
Film screening: 11 am-noon
Conversation with director: 12–12:40 pm
Morse Auditorium
Reservations by January 19

Georgia O’Keeffe is a sensitive film portrait that looks behind the artist’s legend to reveal a woman full of warmth, humor and practical wisdom. It was the only film that O’Keeffe allowed to be made about herself and filmmaker Perry Miller Adato worked tirelessly to persuade her to do so. Shot mainly on-location in New Mexico, the film features the 88-year-old painter in her studio at Ghost Ranch and climbing in the surrounding hills about 50 miles northwest of Santa Fe. In the film she talks candidly of her work, her life and her marriage to photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Following the screening, guest curator Wanda M. Corn interviews filmmaker Perry Miller Adato.


The Art, Image, Style of Floral Design
Noon–3 pm | Atrium

Georgia O’Keeffe is widely known for her paintings of flowers. In homage to the outsize role natural beauty played in her art and life, we invite floral designers to come full circle by interpreting and translating her art, image and style into dynamic arrangements. Three local designers respond to specific elements of O’Keeffe’s legendary style, such as minimalism, abstraction or scale, sharing their process with visitors. The arrangements will remain on view in the Atrium for the afternoon.

O’Keeffe-Inspired Paper Dolls
Noon–4 pm | Atrium

Inspired by strong women like Georgia O’Keeffe, painter and illustrator Amanda Laurel Atkins creates paper dolls that aim to empower and encourage the viewer to seek out their strengths in the imagery. Stop by to rediscover a favorite childhood activity.

Curators in Conversation: O’Keeffe as Muse
2–3:15 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by January 19

Why and how does O’Keeffe remain a touchstone for feminists, and a muse and an inspiration for creative producers whether scholars, filmmakers, novelists or fashion designers? The curators of the exhibition explore how gender in American society has influenced public responses to O’Keeffe’s art and career over time even as the artist’s own art, image, and style remained strikingly consistent. Join guest curator Wanda Corn and PEM’s George Putnam Curator of American Art Austen Barron Bailly for a conversation and Q&A about O’Keeffe’s legacy and relevance.


Memories of Miss O’Keeffe (2017)
3:45-4:15 pm | Morse Auditorium
Reservations by January 19

We conclude our day with this 30-minute documentary that shares intimate reflections from generations of the Lopez family, who worked for Georgia O’Keeffe in northern New Mexico in her later years. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Chris Eyre (Smoke Signals, Skinwalkers) and produced by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.




January 20
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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