New Photography Ac­qui­si­tions at the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum; Santa Fe Ja­panese In­ter­cul­tural Net­work’s Mat­suri at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter

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The prizes of a new ex­hi­bi­tion at the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum are a pair of pho­to­graphs of the artist at the easel, an as­pect of her life and work that she rarely per­mit­ted pho­tog­ra­phers to cap­ture. “My great­est de­sire for ac­quir­ing the col­lec­tion and still my fa­vorite pho­to­graphs are two that show O’Ke­effe in the act of paint­ing,” said Carolyn Kast­ner, cu­ra­tor of New

Photography Ac­qui­si­tions . “There is one each by Ansel Adams and Al­fred Stieglitz, which are the only pho­tog­ra­phers she al­lowed to show her at work.” The ex­hi­bi­tion, open­ing on Fri­day, March 27, of­fers a se­lec­tion from the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion of more than 2,000 pho­to­graphs, in­clud­ing the new­est ac­qui­si­tions.

New York pho­tog­ra­pher and gal­lerist Stieglitz be­gan pho­tograph­ing O’Ke­effe in 1917 and cre­ated more than 300 images of the artist be­fore his death in 1946. Other Stieglitz pho­tos in the new ex­hi­bi­tion de­pict in­ti­mate mo­ments at Lake Ge­orge, New York, where the cou­ple spent sum­mers and au­tumns at the Stieglitz fam­ily home. Also in­cluded in New Photography

Ac­qui­si­tions are prints by artists and pho­tog­ra­phers Ge­orge Daniell, Philippe Hals­man, Arnold New­man, and Todd Webb, as well as work by

Doris Bry, who was O’Ke­effe’s agent and dealer, and a few snapshots by uniden­ti­fied pho­tog­ra­phers.

The ex­hibit shows a col­lec­tion pur­chased by the mu­seum in 2014, Kast­ner said. Seven decades ago, O’Ke­effe se­lected th­ese very pho­tos for James John­son Sweeney, the cu­ra­tor of her 1946 ret­ro­spec­tive at the Mu­seum of Mod­ern Art. “All of th­ese pho­to­graphs started in Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe’s own col­lec­tion,” Kast­ner said. “She sent some to Sweeney af­ter he re­tired from MoMA and was work­ing on a book about her [which was never pub­lished], and the rest she had to the end of her life. Then they went to the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Foun­da­tion, and the foun­da­tion gifted them to us.

“Ansel Adams took one we al­ready have of her with bones. The one that came from the Sweeney col­lec­tion was prob­a­bly taken a sec­ond be­fore or af­ter that one, and she’s hold­ing the same bones. It’s two friends play­ing in the field. So they’ve come back to­gether. Ansel Adams and Todd Webb were both friends of O’Ke­effe, and their pho­to­graphs show a more in­for­mal re­la­tion­ship — like snapshots — but the images are gor­geous be­cause they were tal­ented pho­tog­ra­phers.”

“New Photography Ac­qui­si­tions” hangs through Sept. 26. Also on view is “Mod­ernism Made in New Mex­ico,” through April 30. The O’Ke­effe (217 John­son St.; 505-946-1000) is open daily. En­trance is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion.

— Paul Wei­de­man

Turn­ing Ja­panese: A fes­ti­val for the senses

In Ja­pan, the sakura , or cherry blos­som, the na­tion’s na­tional flower, sym­bol­izes the im­per­ma­nence of life and the ar­rival of spring, which have of­ten in­spired dif­fer­ent forms of artis­tic ex­pres­sion. Santa Fe’s an­nual Mat­suri (a Ja­panese fes­ti­val or hol­i­day), hosted by the lo­cal chap­ter of the Ja­panese In­ter­cul­tural Net­work (Santa Fe JIN), takes the del­i­cate bloom as its theme for 2015. This year’s day­long event takes place at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter (201 W. Marcy St.) on Satur­day, March 28, from 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) to 5 p.m. A high­light will be Ring­taro Tateishi, a per­former and teacher of tra­di­tional Ja­panese taiko drum­ming who was pre­vi­ously the artis­tic direc­tor of world-renowned taiko group On­dekoza. He goes on­stage at 2 p.m.

Other fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude a 2:45 p.m. per­for­mance of fa­vorites by the group Taiko Sol and morn­ing and af­ter­noon demon­stra­tions of the iaido, aikido, karate, and kyudo forms of Ja­panese mar­tial arts. Bi­na­tional cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tion Chado New Mex­ico gives a tea cer­e­mony in the fa­cil­ity’s Coron­ado Room at 11 a.m., serv­ing matcha (a finely pow­dered green tea) and tra­di­tional sweets and also of­fer­ing work­shops on mak­ing matcha. Cos­play char­ac­ters — ubiq­ui­tous in Ja­panese pop cul­ture — will be present through­out the day. In ad­di­tion, a si­lent auc­tion be­gins at 1:45 p.m. Bento box lunc s, sushi, and other Ja­panese foods are avail­able for pur­chase, and booths will of­fer ki­monos, ce­ram­ics, Ja­panese wood­block prints, and more for sale. Tick­ets, $5, are avail­able at the door; chil­dren twelve and un­der are ad­mit­ted free of charge. A por­tion of ticket sales sup­ports the Ja­pan Aid Foun­da­tion, which pro­vides re­lief for dam­ages from the 2011 tsunami, and also the Santa Fe JIN’s schol­ar­ship pro­gram. For a com­plete sched­ule of events, visit Santa Fe JIN at www.santafe­ — Michael Abatemarco

Al­fred Stieglitz (1864-1946):

Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe [Seated on ground, paint­brush in hand], 1918; right, Stieglitz:

Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe [Car­ry­ing a can­vas], 1920s; both gelatin sil­ver prints flush­mounted on card; images cour­tesy the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum

Ring­taro Tateishi

Dzung Nguyen

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