Honolulu Museum of Art Presents Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams Exhibit

Honolulu Museum of Art is opened it’s Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawaii Pictures Exhibition in July to much excitement. The exhibition will run through January 12, 2014 so you still have time to view it. Honolulu Museum of Art is located in downtown Honolulu on 900 S. Beretania Street.

Both O’Keeffe and Adams are famous for their nature inspired art but few know of their Hawaii pictures from their journeys to Oahu, Maui and Kauai.

Georgia O’Keeffe is, to this day, considered one of America’s most celebrated painters. She was a famously passionate artist and painted beautiful pictures of northern New Mexico. She came to Hawaii in 1939 hired by N.W. Ayer and Son Advertising Firm to create paintings for Hawaiian Pineapple Company (now Dole Company).

“O’Keeffe has 19 paintings from her Hawaii trip,” said Lesa Griffith, Director of Communications at  Honolulu Museum of Art. “The museum owns 5 of them and for this exhibition we are showcasing 12 of them.” While O’Keeffe is a painter and Adams is a photographer their styles blend beautifully in the exhibit to create a wonderful story of Hawaii.

Painting the Story of Hawaii

Adams is famous for his work with black and white landscape photography of places like Yosemite National Park. Off of that success Adams was hired by Bishop National Bank of Hawaii (now First Hawaiian Bank) for his first trip to Hawaii in 1957 and a year later by America’s National Parks.

“When Adams arrived on the boat he was put-off by the island because he was used to the stark angles of the desert landscape,” said Griffith about Adams initial reaction to Hawaii. “It was only after he had stayed on the island for a while that he grew to love it.”

Both O’Keeffe and Adams really focused on the beauty of Hawaii outside the bustling beaches of Waikiki. They ignored the cliche imagery of hula girls and tiki gods and focused on the beauty of the land and the people who lived here.

While you are on your trip to Hawaii we suggest you visit this exhibition and other exhibitions at the Honolulu Museum of Art. For more information about hours and admission please see the Honolulu Museum of Art website.

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