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Georgia O'Keefe, Marsden Hartley and Modern Art in New Mexico in the 1920s and 1930s

Lecture on Monday 24th April 2023 at 1:45PM

Lecturer: Tricha Passes
Venue: Larruperz Centre

This lecture draws impetus from the O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern which repositions the work of O’Keeffe and challenges the reception of her work through the prism of female sexuality. The stirring landscapes of the American South-West were an inspiration to her and numerous artists who settled and worked in New Mexico. There are a range of visual interpretations of the landscape that the lecture will address including the work of Marsden Hartley, Ernest Blumenschein and the photographers Laura Gilpin and Ansel Adams.

Tricha Passes has a BA from the Courtauld Institute and MA from Bath Spa University; her thesis examined the work of Roger Fry and Roland Penrose. Research posts include work on 150 years of the Bristol School of Art (2003), Peace Gardens of the 1980s (2005) and Stanley Spencer: Journey to Burghclere (2006). She taught in the Art History Department at Bristol University since 2005 and in 2009 won the Teaching and Learning prize for the Faculty of Arts. She has also taught in the Visual Culture Department at the Faculty of Creative Arts at Bristol UWE since 1998, the Department for Continuing Education at Oxford University since 2008, and for American Studies Programmes in London since 1999. In 2019, Tricha won a Best of Bristol Lecturer Award for the Faculty of Arts at the University of Bristol.

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