There are just two weeks left to see the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams: The Hawai‘i Pictures. On view in the exhibition are gorgeous portraits of the flora that Georgia O’Keeffe encountered when she visited Hawai‘i in 1939. Here’s what curatorial assistant Amber Ludwig wrote about them:

Throughout her career, Georgia O’Keeffe returned to the flower as a means of responding to her experience of a locale.  In Hawai‘i, exotic flowers—most of them not native to the Islands but introduced there over time—captured her attention and allowed her to work with a subject she knew well.  The remarkable flora of Hawai‘i, like the bleached bones and adobe architecture of New Mexico, provided O’Keeffe fresh new colors, textures, and shapes with which to experiment in her signature genre.  In Cup of Silver Ginger, Bella Donna, and White Lotus, O’Keeffe fills the canvases with diaphanous petals in vibrant shades of white reminiscent of her many paintings of calla lilies, jimson weed, and other white flowers.  In Pink Ornamental Banana, White Bird of Paradise (pictured above), and Heliconia—Crab Claw, she ventures further to explore the rigid architecture of the plants, whose waxy exterior bracts protect delicate flowers blooming within.

Learn more about Georgia O’Keeffe on Wednesday, Jan. 8, when curator Theresa Papanikolas has a conversation with collector Barney Ebsworth, who knew the artist personally, in the Doris Duke Theatre. 4pm, free

White Bird of Paradise, 1939
Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887-1986)
Oil on canvas
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Gift of Jean H. McDonald (2009.01.001)
© Georgia O’Keeffe Museum/Artist Rights Society (ARS, New York)