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Mar 09
Art and Art History presents a talk by Georgiana Uhlyarik

Time 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Location Trafalgar - Annie Smith Arts Centre, 1430 Trafalgar Road, Oakville, Ontario, L6H2L1

"She left her cheating husband for a mountain" - Art and Art History presents a talk by Georgiana Uhlyariko on the upcoming AGO 2017 summer exhibition about Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) does not suffer for lack of attention, yet her artistic achievements are often undermined by the overexposure of sensational biographical details and a clutter of myths — some fostered by the artist herself and some perpetuated since her death. O’Keeffe is iconic as much as she is a stereotype, and thus is the very rare woman artist whose reputation can attract a considerable crowd. The current touring retrospective seeks to simultaneously serve as a ‘blockbuster’ for the museum and ‘dispel the clichés’ in an effort to insert O’Keeffe into the art historical canon beyond the United States, where her status is tightly guarded by American scholars and curators. As coordinating curator of Georgia O’Keeffe and in anticipation of its final presentation at the Art Gallery of Ontario, I will discuss the responsibilities and strategies of the curator in negotiating the institution’s very real pressures to deliver crowds as well as offer meaningful engagement with O’Keeffe’s artistic vision and accomplishments. How do we negotiate biography and artistic career? How do we make O’Keeffe’s art matter and ensure that the work presented has significance and consequence so that her wide reach can have lasting, real impact in the popular imagination as well as art history?

Georgiana Uhlyarik is Associate Curator, Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Recent curatorial projects and publications include: Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry (2017), Georgia O’Keeffe (2017), Picturing the Americas: Landscape Painting from Tierra del Fuego to the Arctic (2016); Introducing Suzy Lake (2015), Barbara Astman: I as Artifact (2015); Nicole Collins: Giotto’s O (2013), The Passion of Kathleen Munn (2011), and Betty Goodwin - Work Notes (2011). Uhlyarik participated in an international research network exploring feminism and curating, led by Prof Lara Perry, University of Brighton (2010–12). She holds Honours BA (University of Toronto) and MA in Art History (York University), where she is now Adjunct Faculty.

Georgiana Uhlyarik

Pictured above:  Associate Curator, Canadian Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Photo: ©Craig Boyko, AGO