Georgia on My Mind: O’Keeffe Gets Whitney Show, Lifetime Biopic

lifetime georgia.jpgPut on your best desert caftan and get ready for a fall of fertile flowers, sun-bleached skulls, and rainbow whorls, because Georgia O’Keeffe is about to enjoy quite the cultural moment. In a high/low play of historic proportions, this month will see the opening of an exhibition of the late artist’s work at the Whitney Museum of American Art and, just a couple of days later, the premiere of a Lifetime biopic that traces her artistic development and tumultuous personal life. The Whitney show, which opens September 17, will focus on O’Keeffe’s oft-overlooked abstract work, showcasing approximately 130 of her paintings, drawings, watercolors, and sculptures as well as selected examples of Alfred Stieglitz‘s iconic photographic portrait series of O’Keeffe (the hands, oh, the hands!). Meanwhile, the Lifetime cable network continues its push to upgrade from the likes of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? with Georgia O’Keeffe (tagline: “Her life was a work of art”), an original film starring Joan Allen and her otherworldly cheekbones in the title role. Tune in on September 19, to see how Jeremy Irons handles the role of Stieglitz.