O’Keeffe: Beyond Our Shores is a selection of seldom seen O’Keeffe works that were inspired by her travels outside of the United States: Bermuda (1933 and 1934), Hawaii before it became part of the United States (1939), Peru (1957), andAsia (1959 and 1960). These works have never before been exhibited together, and among them is a recent gift to the Museum from a private collector of the wonderful oil painting, White Bird of Paradise, 1939. O’Keeffe completed it when in Hawaii in 1939 as a guest of the Dole Pineapple Company that had commissioned her to make paintings for its advertising campaigns.
“O’Keeffe traveled infrequently outside of the United States during the twenty-two years she was married to Alfred Stieglitz,” says Museum Curator, Barbara Buhler Lynes, “but shortly after his death in 1946, her pattern changed.” Beginning in 1951, O’Keeffe initiated a series of trips to Mexico, Peru, various countries in Europe, and in 1959 and 1960, she traveled around the world stopping in, among other places, Japan, Taiwan, China, India, Iraq, the Holy Land, and Egypt. What she saw in some of the countries she visited inspired her to make the paintings and drawings that that will be on display.
The Museum is fortunate to house a full range of O’Keeffe’s art (1,150 works) from her daring and innovative abstractions of the 1910s and 1920s to her elegant and often provocative investigations of various subject matter, such as architecture, landscapes, flowers, rocks and bones. A selection of works from the permanent collection will be on display throughout the rest of the Museum.