History of Art and Architecture

Sascha Scott Colloquium

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 12:00pm

202, Frick Fine Arts Building

"O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i?: Decolonizing the History of American Modernism"

Sascha Scott
Associate Professor, Syracuse University


This talk centers on paintings and advertisements created by Georgia O’Keeffe in 1939, when she was in Hawai‘i working for the Hawaiian Food Company (now the Dole Food Company). I will explore the ways in which O’Keeffe’s seemingly apolitical paintings participate in the highly racialized project of colonialism, as well as how contemporary scholarship about O’Keeffe unwittingly contributes to the ongoing disenfranchisement of Indigenous peoples.