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Georgia O'Keeffe - Hands

Alfred Stieglitz. Georgia O'Keeffe - Hands. 1919. Palladium print, 9 9/16 x 7 5/8" (24.3 x 19.4 cm). Alfred Stieglitz Collection. Gift of Georgia O'Keeffe. © 2014 Estate of Alfred Stieglitz / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Audio Program excerpt

American Modern: Hopper to O'Keeffe

August 17, 2013–January 26, 2014

Director, Glenn Lowry: Alfred Stieglitz was a pioneer of photography during the early years of the twentieth century. This photograph belongs to a series of more than 350 images in which he sought to reinvent the genre of the nude. The series studies the body of his muse and future wife, artist Georgia OKeeffe. In a letter, he described the photographs to a friend:

Alfred Stieglitz (read by actor): No trick—No fuzzyism—No diffusion—No enlargements—Clear-cut sharp heartfelt mentally digested bits of universality in the shape of Woman—head—torso—feet—hands.

Curator, Kathy Curry: I think of dance when I think of the hands, but I also think you could almost see—it's like her art. Because she creates art, her hands are part of her expression.

Glenn Lowry: Stieglitz ran a succession of influential galleries in New York City between 1905 and 1946, vigorously promoting modernism in America. He nurtured the careers of many of the artists featured in this exhibition.