The brightly painted flowers and daring landscapes of American modernist artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) are well known. Less-known is O’Keeffe’s fascination with katsina dolls (carved and painted portrayals of Pueblo and Hopi spirit beings, frequently called kachinas), which she studied and “interpreted” beginning with summering stints in New Mexico in 1929, and continuing until her 1984 retirement. This is the focus of the Heard Museum’s “Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico” exhibit, on view through March 3, 2014. The exhibition includes numerous, though infrequently seen, katsina depictions by O’Keeffe, as well as a number paintings of startling landscapes protected by these spirits. Paintings of churches, architecture and cultural objects will also be on display.
Stop by the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, September 29. Admission is $18 for adults, $13.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children 6 to 12, free for children 5 and younger, museum members, and American Indians. Visit www.heard.org or call 602-252-8840.