Her Carolina Story celebrates the 100th anniversary of O’Keeffe’s time teaching at Columbia College and the great untold story of her development as modernist.
In 1915, Georgia O’Keeffe radically redefined herself as an artist. Rejecting all she had done before, she found her voice with a series of black and white charcoal drawings she collectively titled, Specials. What happened next is the stuff of legends: her great Charleston friend Anita Pollitzer took these drawings, unbeknownst to the artist, and showed them to Alfred Stieglitz (noted American photographer, gallery owner, and promoter of modern art) who proclaimed, “At last, a woman on paper.” This was the beginning of one of the most important careers in all of American art.
Image courtesy of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.