The citywide exhibition series Summer of Color may be coming to a close, but Fall of Modernism is on its way, beginning with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s O’Keeffe in Process. The exhibition spans a broad range of American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe’s career, including early family portraits she made as a student, paintings done at Lake George in New York, and examples of her popular floral compositions. The show emphasizes O’Keeffe’s working techniques. The exhibit is a collaboration between the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art, and draws on works from both collections, as well as from private collections. Also on view is Looking Forward Looking Back, an exhibit of historic works by female artists from the museum’s collection as well as projects by contemporary artists. The show includes performance artist Eleanor Antin’s
100 Boots postcards from the early 1970s, rarely seen works on paper by Beatrice Wood dating from the 1920s, and selections from Juane Quickto-See Smith’s Paper Dolls for a Post Colonial World. Among the more contemporary works are multimedia artist Ligia Bouton’s large-scale, interactive installation Understudy for Animal Farm and Angela Ellsworth’s
Seer Bonnets, a sculptural installation of pin-studded pioneer bonnets that represent the many wives of Mormonism founder Joseph Smith.
Both exhibits opened on Thursday, Sept. 10, and remain on view through Jan. 17, 2016. Entrance is by museum admission. The museum is located at 107 W. Palace Ave. Call 505-476-5072 for information.
— Michael Abatemarco