Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center
Myron Wood: A Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe
March 14–June 7, 2015
Member-Only Opening Celebration March 13, 5-7p
CLASSES AND EVENTS
Capturing the Mother of Modernism in his lens
A prolific photographer of the Southwest from the late 1940s through the late 1980s, Myron Wood is perhaps best known for his work in New Mexico with the Native Americans of Taos Pueblo, with the Catholic Penitente brotherhoods of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, and for his celebrated photographs of artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her Abiquiu, New Mexico, home. Around the Southwest, Wood made a name for himself with photography funded by the Ford Foundation, the Pueblo Public Library and the Pikes Peak Regional Library, among others. His photographs have been published extensively both in national and regional magazines and in many books.
Born in Oklahoma, Wood moved to Colorado Springs in 1947, where he fell in love with the natural beauty of the Southwest. In the 1950s, he became assistant curator for photography right here at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center! In fact, the reason he met Georgia O’Keeffe for the first time in 1956 was to thank her for donating her husband, Alfred Stieglitz’s publication, Camera Work, to the Fine Arts Center. It was more than 20 years later, in 1979, that Wood met O’Keeffe again and asked to photograph her and her home in Abiquiu, New Mexico. For the next two and-a-half years, Wood made several trips to Abiquiu, where he captured O’Keeffe and the atmosphere of solidarity that she had created there. Join us as we celebrate the late photographer’s stunning documentation of O’Keeffe’s later years in our exhibition Myron Wood: A Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe, a collection of more than 25 photographs, most of them on loan from the PPLD. This remarkable exhibition, capturing the soulful character and personality of this important and influential American artist, is part of our celebration ofThe Year of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center 30 W Dale St, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903