Monday, February 25, 2013

Annie Leibowitz at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Every day guests depart from the Hacienda Nicholas Bed & Breakfast Inn on their way to explore the art and inspiration behind the work of Georgia O'Keeffe.  From very limited tours of O'Keeffe's home in Abique to visiting the O'Keeffe Museum, just four blocks from the inn, to hiking around O'Keeffe country, Santa Fe is a great place to learn more about this beloved American artist.

In conjunction with the museum's ongoing "Georgia O'Keeffe and The Farway: Nature and Imagine," is a new exhibit: "Annie Leibovitz: Pilgrimage".  Organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and running through May 5, 2013, these 64 photos are unusual for Leibovitz in that they are not staged studio portraits.  Rather, they capture a profound sense of place, whether a landscape (Niagara Falls, Walden Pond, Yosemite Valley) or the home of a well-known person (O'Keeffe, Elvis Presley, Ralph Waldo Emerson).  Indeed, Leibovitz took two trips to New Mexico, photographing both O'Keeffe's home in Abiquiu as well as the landscape of Ghost Ranch.

Director of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Rob Kret, chose to feature Leibovitz's Pilgrimage because it "truly commemorates and compliments the ongoing 'Georgia O'Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image' exhibition with paintings and photographs of O'Keeffe's most beloved and inspiring locations in the Southwest."  Kret makes the case that both women were successful in capturing the profound depth power and emotion that connects us to certain surroundings, allowing us to feel a deep sense of place.

Seeing the work of these two gifted artists in simultaneous exhibits is a real treat, and will afford the viewer a deeper appreciation of both perspectives.

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