Exhibition

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams

Natural Affinities

May 30-September 07, 2009

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams — two of America's best-known artists — are both revered for their ability to capture, in their own unique ways, the essence of natural beauty. The two met for the first time in 1929 while in Taos, New Mexico, and despite a 15-year age gap and differing personalities, they developed a lifelong friendship through their shared admiration of the natural world. O'Keeffe and Adams corresponded over the years, visited one another, and sometimes traveled together to sites that became subjects of their artwork. Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities brings together nearly 100 works from the painter and the photographer, revealing the parallels between their distinctive visions of nature. An introductory gallery provides a context for their art, with works by contemporaries such as Marsden Hartley, Alfred Stieglitz, and Edward Weston.

Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities is organized by the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. The exhibition is made possible in part by the Henry Luce Foundation, The Burnett Foundation, and the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's National Council.

The San Francisco presentation is made possible by generous support from Helen and Charles R. Schwab, the Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund, The Bernard Osher Foundation, and the George Frederick Jewett Foundation. Media support is provided by KQED.

Evelyn D. Haas Exhibition Fund

KQED

  • Georgia O'Keefe, colorful mountainscape painting
    Georgia O'Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie's II, 1930; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Gift of The Burnett Foundation; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • Ansel Adams, photograph of white capped mountains
    Ansel Adams, Winter Sunrise, the Sierra Nevada from Lone Pine, California, 1944; The Center for Creative Photography; University of Arizona; 2008 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
  • Georgia O'Keefe, abstract white rose painting
    Georgia O'Keeffe, Abstraction White Rose, 1927, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum; Gift of The Burnett Foundation and The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • Ansel Adams, tree stump and leaf photograph
    Ansel Adams, Leaves, Frost, Stump, October Morning, Yosemite National Park, c. 1931; The Center for Creative Photography; University of Arizona; 2008 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust
  • Georgia Okeeffe, Ranchos Church painting
    Georgia O'Keeffe, Ranchos Church No.1, 1929; Norton Museum of Art; West Palm Beach Florida; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
  • Ansel Adams, photograph of New Mexico church
    Ansel Adams, Saint Francis Church, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, c. 1929; The Center for Creative Photography; University of Arizona; 2008 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust