Special Exhibition Included with Your Highlights Audio or In-Depth Guided Tour Ticket
Opening Friday, October 20.
A FRESH LOOK AT TWO AMERICAN ICONS:
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT AND GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
Taliesin West presents American Icons: Wright & O’Keeffe, a new photography exhibition spotlighting Frank Lloyd Wright and Georgia O’Keeffe, luminaries in American art and architecture. Over the course of their storied careers, each changed the way we see the world and left their mark on American Modernism. You may have heard these names before, but you have never seen them quite like this: Twenty images shown in an intimate setting, against the backdrop of North Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains.
The portraits give us insight to their lives and the uniquely American style that Wright and O’Keeffe brought to art, design, and culture.
Tony Vaccaro. Frank Lloyd Wright Standing at the Entrance of The Chapel, 1957. Image courtesy of Tony Vaccaro Studio and Monroe Gallery of Photography.
Tony Vaccaro. Georgia with Her Favorite Mountain, 1960. Image courtesy of Tony Vaccaro Studio and Monroe Gallery of Photography.
American Icons is a chance to see another side of these legends – a more human, personal side – and explore what they have in common. Both were born in rural Wisconsin and had careers that took them to big cities – but ultimately, they made homes in the southwest – Wright in Arizona, O’Keeffe in New Mexico. Both were deeply inspired by nature and created abstractions of the natural world in their work. They each possessed keen powers of observation and became reflections of their own art and style. They had a mutual admiration for one another’s work, but few realize they met in 1942 and exchanged letters, books, and ideas for more than 20 years.
Wright and O’Keeffe were photographed by Tony Vaccaro for Look Magazine – Wright in Wisconsin, 1957, and O’Keeffe in New Mexico, 1960. When paired, the images have genuine visual symmetry, even though they were taken years apart.
Special Exhibition Included with Your Highlights Audio or In-Depth Guided Tour Ticket Purchase Starting Friday, October 20.
Michael A. “Tony” Vaccaro (1922 – 2022), was an American photographer perhaps best known for his World War II photos. After the war, he became a fashion and lifestyle photographer for American magazines, capturing the joys and beauties of the world we live in. He lived to be 100 years old.
This carefully curated exhibition has been organized by The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in partnership with the Tony Vaccaro Studio and the Monroe Gallery of Photography. The result is a new collection of photographs, some of which have never been seen before, visually connecting Wright and O’Keeffe.
Through Vaccaro’s images of Wright and O’Keeffe, this exhibition gives you an intimate look into the lives of two American icons, how they inspired one another, and how they continue to inspire us all. Frank Lloyd Wright and Georgia O’Keeffe, two legends of American art and architecture, were both photographed in their homes by Michael A. “Tony” Vaccaro while on assignment for Look magazine.
It’s an intimate, behind-the-scenes visual pairing of Wright and O’Keeffe in their homes and studios, through the lens of photographer Tony Vaccaro. We explore their similarities including the homes they built, the studios where they created, their love of music, and their passion for nature. The photos were taken years apart, but when paired, are striking in their similarity as they visually connect the two iconic figures.
The exhibition’s images feel intimate, intense, and personal. Displaying them at a moderate size, in a comfortable but small space at Taliesin West, provides visitors with an extraordinary experience, far surpassing what an airy gallery could deliver.