Georgia O’Keeffe in North Carolina by da-AL

What a great time my husband and I had visiting our dear friend David Hunt in North Carolina. He’s posted on Happiness Between Tails here and here. We hadn’t seen him in way too long — all the more reason that my recent discovery of the touching PBS series, “We’ll Meet Again,” gets me blubbering.

What did we expect of North Carolina? Who knows, but it wasn’t an abundance of terrific art museums!

Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose, 1931 by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)
Horse’s Skull with Pink Rose, 1931 by Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986)

Let’s start with the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh. We loved it so much that we visited it three times! No, was it four? If it wasn’t, it should’ve been! ( ! ! These ! ! aren’t ! ! understatements ! ! )

Lucky for us (and how lovely it was to be among crowds of NC fine art lovers!) we caught a tribute to U.S. art goddess Georgia O’Keefe, a.k.a. Mother of American Modernism before it ended.

Georgia O'keeffe sketchbook
Georgia O’Keeffe sketchbook


White Birch -- Lake George, 1925-26, by Georgia O'Keeffe
White Birch — Lake George, 1925-26, by Georgia O’Keeffe


Feather and Brown Leaf, 1935, by Georgia O'Keeffe
Feather and Brown Leaf, 1935, by Georgia O’Keeffe

Alongside her art, there were O’Keeffe-inspired works by contemporary artists. Here’s a sampling.

And here’s another wing and more of the museum. And here’s a post on NC’s Chinese Lantern Festival. Plus, more great NC Museum of Art’s collection here.

Where’s your favorite place to see great art?

32 thoughts on “Georgia O’Keeffe in North Carolina by da-AL

  1. I.AM.SO.JEALOUS! What a great way to spend a vacation! Especially as you got to enjoy Georgia O’Keeffe’s work. I love the Norton Simon in Pasadena and LACMA and MOCA and Getty and Skirball. (My husband worked on the Getty in 1997, a bit of a heady experience.) Even the Detroit Museum of Art is pretty wonderful. We are lucky to live near so many terrific museums, though I’d love to travel to Europe and see some of the many great museums there.

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  2. I love her style! Good for you to take it in as much as you could!

    We have moved so often during the last years that I haven’t found my favourites yet, but Aalborg is a very arty city, with a branch of arts at the university.

    In Copenhagen my favourite is a place called Glyptoteket,
    , right in the centre of Copenhagen. And then there are many small private galleries, which I prefer to the national museum of art.
    And then there is the place in the north of Copenhagen called “Louisiana”, which has a permanent collection and guest exhibitions, all set in a beautiful park.

    In Aarhus they have quite a famous art museum called ARoS, but we have not been there yet, where even the royals have exhibited their art. Queen Margrete paints and composes collages, and her husband Prince Henrik was quite a decent sculptor.

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      • Oh, yes, also in Copenhagen there are poor people – even if the Danes try to deny it – and there are “suburbs” and Nørrebro, which used to be a bohemian quarter where anybody could live and be accepted. Now it is developing into a gang area and one has to be aware of gun shootings.

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          • The long holidays we still have, actually that is the same in the entire north and in Germany as well. The social services are slowly declining though. From a certain birth date, people have to work until they are 70 now. What are politicians thinking about (they only have to work until 60)? Shall people who do heavy physical work do so until they are 70? That is madness!

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  3. Being a digital nomad, most of the expositions I’m visiting are also traveling ones. But the most I enjoy to visit locations where contemporary artists actually create their art. My favorite used to be Tacheles in Berlin. Tacheles has been a reference for the underground scene in Berlin. The community has been ongoing from early 90’s until the eviction of the whole building, in 2012 – after days of strong resistance of its inhabitants. In February 2018, artists from Tacheles came up with a new space dedicated to gather people around art, Kulturbotschaft Berlin-Lichtenberg.

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  4. Aw it’s great you got to visit David. I read books that are set in or mention North Carolina and always think ‘I’d love to visit there’, so it’s fascinating to read this. I don’t think art museums have ever been mentioned. I love wandering around museums and looking at art is always interesting, so I can see why you’d enjoy taking all of this in! There are some of the well-known museums in London, like the Tate gallery, which I’ve been to. There are also shops in my local town that sell art which are just as good as museums, showcasing some more local artists that are incredibly talented. xx

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