The Love Letters Installation –– O’Keeffe and Stieglitz

Over 25,000 pieces of correspondence were written between Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe from 1915 to 1946 offering a sneak peek into their relationship, personalities and unimaginable details of their lives; his from New York City or Lake George, NY; hers from Texas, Virginia, New Mexico and New York.  

This installation was inspired by the letters between Stieglitz and O’Keeffe. Grace’s hope was for viewers to come away with a profound sense of these two great Twentieth Century artists – each a visionary in their own fields; Stieglitz, a photographer, publisher and gallerist and O’Keeffe, an artist, teacher and feminist.

As Grace read these letters, she noticed many of them were either written or read while Stieglitz or O’Keeffe were in their respective bedrooms; separated by miles but united in heart and vision.  Although many of the letters were filled with everyday mundane issues, most were a mixture of praise and encouragement to each other and of each other’s work. O’Keeffe’s writing style was sparse and energetic; Stieglitz was expressive and passionate.