"UNEXPECTED O'KEEFE" is an exhibit at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The exhibit runs through January 27, 2019.
Below is information from the exhibit which documents O'Keeffe's time at UVA:
Established in 1880, the University of Virginia's summer program provided the first opportunity for women to enroll in college-level courses on Grounds. Only male students received official credit for study ranging from arts and literature to home economics, a policy reflecting the broader attitude diminishing the significance of educating women at the university level.
In the summer of 1912, Georgia O'Keeffe's sisters registered for several classes and encouraged their older sister to enroll in arts courses as a means to continue her studies and progress toward professional standing as an artist. They also persuaded her to take a course on the poetry of Emmett Lee Dickinson, as they were well aware of their sister's love of the poets life and work.
The books included in the case shown below include some with an emphasis on the rise of feminism and socialism and one biography of Emmett Lee Dickinson, literature and media that O'Keeffe was known to have read when she came and went from the University.
O'Keeffe's exposure to these progressive social and political works -- along with the poetry of Emmett Lee Dickinson -- contributed to her growing sense of independence not only as a woman in a field dominated by men but also as a painter discovering her own voice in increasingly modern times.
Below: A text which Georgia O'Keeffe read while attending the summer program at the University of Virginia:
Below: Paintings by O'Keeffe from her time at the University of Virginia:
For more information on Georgia O'Keeffe and Emmett Lee Dickinson, click HERE.
Another current exhibit at the Fralin is "Highlights from the Heywood and Cynthia Fralin Collection." This show runs through January 27, 2019.
In 2011, Heywood and Cynthia Fralin, major collectors of 19th- and early 20th- century American art, committed to making the largest gift of art in the University of Virginia’s history. The collection includes works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Reginald Marsh and many other notable artists of the period.
Shown below: Works by Jamie Wyeth, Thomas Hart Benton, and Stuart Davis.