The Doors are Closing on O'Keeffe!

Don't miss your chance to see Georgia O'Keeffe as you have never seen her before

Posted: August 17, 2009
Source: Farrell L. Howe
Phone: (269) 349-7775 x3112

Kalamazoo, MI - Monday, August 17, 2009. Summer is almost over. Remember that list of things you wanted to do, but will get to "tomorrow" or "next week?" Was seeing the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts on that list? Well, "tomorrow and next week" are NOW.

The lights will go off on Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times and Through the Photographer's Lens: O'Keeffe and Her Circle on September 13, 2009.

While Georgia O'Keeffe and her Times will move on to other cities, Through the Photographer's Lens: O'Keeffe and Her Circle is a unique exhibition that can only be seen at the KIA! These intimate photographs by such renowned photographers as Ansel Adams and Todd Webb reveal the woman behind the icon and portray her in a way that is rarely seen. Once the doors close on this exhibition - your chance to view this unique collection of photos will be gone.

Counting your pennies? Every Friday is $4 Fridays at the KIA. You can see Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times and Through the Photographer's Lens: O'Keeffe and Her Circle, AND participate in the free public tour for ONLY $4!

This Friday and Sunday, public tours will be offered FREE WITH ADMISSION FEE at 2:00 p.m. Registration is not required. This week's public tour focuses on the works of John Marin (American, 1870-1953).

Marin believed that an artist had to be intimately familiar with a scene or a place to be able to paint it, and he vehemently thwarted any critics' suggestions that his paintings were based off imagination.

A graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, John Marin was an abstract artist best-known for his mastery of watercolors and his unique ability to play transparencies off translucencies and opacities that once combined, created a surreal visual.

Docents will take visitors through the Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times exhibition, and examine Movement - Sea or Mountain as You Will 1947, oil on canvas. An open discussion of the life of Marin and his mastery of watercolors will illustrate why Marin was chosen to represent some of the best in abstract art in the Lane Collection, which is considered to be one of the world's finest collections of Modern American Art. .

Sponsors of the Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Times and Through the Photographer's Lens exhibitions include: Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, National City (Now a part of PNC) and the Tyler-Little Family Foundation.

For more information about the public tours, please contact Michelle Stempien, KIA Curator of Museum Education at 269-349-7775 ext. 3162 or via email at

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.