|Our Georgia by Alfstad&|
|Sculptural stripe series|
With or without Aldrich's performance, the show sounded fascinating. The concept was for artists from around the world to "re-imagine" the works of O'Keeffe and Stieglitz using media as varied as ink jet paintings, digital design, installations, silkscreens, and dance. The show had a limited run -- only from February 8th-16th -- so when Dorrit and I (along with Dorrit's long-time friend Lindy) ended up in Sarasota last Sunday, we stopped in to check it out.
|From the Airbrush Portrait series by Roberto Carlos Trevino|
|From Nathan Wilson's Multiverse|
From there I was on to the Letters Installation. Over the course of their 31 year relationship, O'Keeffe and Stieglitz exchanged more than 25,000 pages of correspondence. The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale houses the letters (along with photographs, paintings, and drawings by the couple). The book entitled "My Faraway One: Volume One" (which reproduced 650 of their early letters) actually provided the inspiration for this show.
|Lindy and Dorrit|
|Cameron and Dorrit with Skull Candy Masculine |
and Skull Candy Feminine
My jaw literally dropped when I rounded a corner and saw the astonishingly beautiful photographs created by Betsy Cameron. The works were inspired by O'Keefe's large flower paintings. As a bonus, the artist was there with her tripod and camera. (I suspect she was there to photograph a dance performance by Fuzion Dance Artists that we weren't able to stay for.)
|Magic Dust by Betsy Cameron|
|"New York Night" by Alfstad&|
I can't remember when I've been to an exhibit so truly exciting. "Re-imagining" the work of O'Keeffe and Stieglitz resulted in a show that was fresh and vibrant and provided participating artists (working alone or with others) the opportunity to honor these two great artists in their own way. I asked several people if the show was going elsewhere, and nobody seemed to know. It would surely be a shame if more people don't get a chance to enjoy this exhibit. One thing is for sure: I will listen in the future to that little voice in my head.