Special docent tour with Harvard alumni Karen Soohoo (AB '81).

Date:  Friday, August 18, 2023

Where:  San Diego Museum of Art - 1450 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

Time:  P.M. - 2:45 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Cost:  $10.00 - Pay at the Museum - Special Code will be given to those who RSVP

RSVP below for details and to reserve your spot.

This event is limited to 20 people.  Members will be given preference.

If you would like, you can join us after the tour for dinner at a location in Balboa Park to be determined.

A one-of-a-kind exhibition, O’Keeffe and Moore compares the work of two iconic modernists: American painter Georgia O’Keeffe and British sculptor Henry Moore.

While these artists worked on different continents, their careers and contributions to the artistic development of the 20th century reveal many parallels.

While Georgia O’Keeffe was holding up a small pelvic bone of a gray fox against the New Mexico sky, framing the landscape and imagining the curve of the bone on a vast scale, Henry Moore, eleven years her junior and half way around the world, was also holding up small bones, maquettes, and other objects against the sky, imagining them any size and peering through their apertures to the open landscape and sheep fields of Hertfordshire. The two artists pioneered and shared a coherent vision and approach to Modernism. While other Modernist artists also used natural forms as a pathway to abstraction, no other artists apart from O’Keeffe and Moore centered their art on this fundamental aspect, and amassed such great collections over their lifetimes of animal skulls and bones, gnarled tree roots and twisted driftwood, smooth and hollowed river and flint stones, internal coils of seashells and interlocking pebbles.

This exhibition unites the work of these artists for the first time, and re-creates their studios in the Museum with their original contents of found objects, tools, and furnishings.  Visitors will be able to explore their working practices, and see how these humble objects inspired some of their most important artistic creations.

Over 100 paintings and sculptures trace their artistic development, exploring Surrealist concepts such as the pairing of objects and metamorphosis, as well as their investigations of bones, stones, internal/external forms of flowers and seashells, and landscape.