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Deborah Barkun

Committee Member

Sarah Kaufman

Committee Member

Patricia Schroeder

Department Chair

Deborah Barkun

Project Description

American painter Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) and the American photographer Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946) collaborated on a twenty year photographic portrait. With Stieglitz as photographer, and O’Keeffe as model, the two artists crafted a captivating series of inspired images. While O’Keeffe may fulfill traditional characteristics of an artist’s muse, she shatters its archetypal confines. The painter’s evolving photographic and artistic identity complicates the role she would traditionally inhabit as an artist’s muse. Stieglitz’s photographs, which capture O’Keeffe’s self-asserted identity, act as an exemplar for a larger argument, one which affords agency to non-dominant voices within a dominant majority.