Who am I? What do I have to say? How can I best express it? The artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) continually probed these essential human questions. Prominent in the male dominated art world of New York City, O’Keeffe took up residence in New Mexico in the 1930s. During the seven decades of her career, she challenged herself with “what to say” in a voice that was uniquely her own. Her colors might be bright and vivid, or black and white. Her subjects were landscapes, buildings, flowers, bones, shells, leaves, trees, cityscapes, skulls, skies, clouds, doors, and various combinations and abstractions of them. All were rendered in her own stylized images in a wide variety of mediums, while she honed an image of herself as private, independent, solitary and mysterious.
This Chautauqua’s intentional suspension of time invites the audience to have its own experience of O’Keeffe through her photographs, words, and language she preferred and perfected, her art.
Deborah Blanche – actor, writer and storyteller – has been creating Chautauqua programs for the New Mexico Humanities Council since 1985. Deb has toured coast-to-coast with her ever-expanding repertoire of Western women.
The Chautauqua performances are free and sponsored by the San Juan College Foundation, the New Mexico Humanities Council, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, San Juan College Encore Program and KSJE 90.9 FM.