Photo of a hibiscus

Georgia O’Keeffe:
Visions of Hawai‘i

Saturday, May 19, 2018 – Sunday, October 28, 2018

Discover the artist’s little-known depictions of the Hawaiian Islands—and the plants and landscapes that inspired them.

Pioneering American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) conveyed a distinct sense of place with innovative depictions of her surroundings, from stark New Mexican landscapes to New York cityscapes. Yet flowers and plants were subjects that engaged O’Keeffe throughout her career. Curated by Theresa Papanikolas, Ph.D., of the Honolulu Museum of Art, this landmark exhibition will offer a rare focus on 20 of O’Keeffe’s depictions of Hawai‘i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign.

A lush exhibition in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory of Hawaiian flora and a stunning display in the LuEsther T. Mertz Library Art Gallery that includes more than 15 of O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i paintings—not seen together in New York since their debut in 1940—will spotlight a transformative experience in the legendary artist’s life, revealing O’Keeffe’s deeply felt impressions and the enduring influence of the Islands’ dramatic landscapes and exotic plants.

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About the Exhibition

Experience a lush flower show in the Conservatory evoking the landscapes that inspired O’Keeffe, paired with a display of more than 15 of O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i paintings—not seen together in New York since their debut in 1940.

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Hawaiian Hula

Aloha Nights

Enjoy an after-hours viewing of the exhibition on these festive summer evenings with live music and traditional artisan demonstrations.


An Interview with Curator Theresa Papanikolas


Georgia O’Keeffe, Hibiscus with Plumeria, 1939, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 in., Smithsonian

American Art Museum, Gift of Sam Rose and Julie Walters, 2004.30.6 © 2018 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York