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Tanglewood Learning Institute | O'Keeffe Weekend

9 July 2019

Georgia O’Keeffe once said her art was meant to express “the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it.” For many, her art epitomizes America’s stark, contemplative, wide-open spaces. While millions have been moved by her towering accomplishments as a visual artist, her legacy reaches far beyond the canvas. O’Keeffe’s spirit, personality, and unique sensibility have manifested themselves in popular songs, stunning photographs, and a treasure trove of letters. More than 30 years after her death, we remain firmly in the thrall of her legacy.

During O’Keeffe Weekend (July 19-21) at the Tanglewood Learning Institute, come explore O’Keeffe’s indelible contributions to America’s cultural heritage, and learn more about the inspiration she has unleashed in others. Hear Pulitzer prize-winning composer Kevin Puts describe how his orchestral song cycle The Brightness of Light (which has its world premiere at Tanglewood on July 20)illuminates letters exchanged between O’Keeffe and her husband, the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Take in Betsy Jolas’s talk, “Portrait of the Composer as Artist,” which reflects on her seven decades as a globally recognized composer. If you’re already an O’Keeffe stan, go deeper during a presentation by Dr. Sarah Greenough, a senior curator at the National Gallery of Art who worked with O’Keeffe in the last decade of her life.

TLI’s O’Keeffe cornucopia demonstrates how the best art isn’t limited to an isolated medium, but functions as a living, breathing entity that crosses genres and borders, influencing our personal and cultural histories in magical, ever-changing ways. Join us for this extraordinary weekend that celebrates O’Keeffe in all her genius, humanity, and complexity.

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