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.
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.
Enjoy an after-hours viewing of the exhibition on these festive summer evenings with live music and traditional artisan demonstrations.
In the News
See what top media outlets have to say about NYBG’s blockbuster 2018 exhibition.
“A Georgia O’Keeffe Exhibit is Coming to the New York Botanical Garden”
—Time Out New York
“NYBG Announces 2018 Exhibition ‘Georgia: O’Keeffe: Visions of Hawaii'”
—Luxury Travel Advisor
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