Several of this year’s most outstanding art shows in Winston-Salem highlighted relationships between visual art and other disciplines, including fashion, music and evidentiary documentation.
At the top of that list is “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” an illuminating exhibition at Reynolda House from late summer into the fall. It celebrated one of the 20th century’s best known American artists by showing how her visual creativity extended to all aspects of her life, especially her public image. The exhibition brought together 180 objects, including 38 paintings and other works from all periods of O’Keeffe’s career. Its most distinctive feature was its selection of dresses, capes, kimonos and work clothes from O’Keefe’s wardrobe.
Visual art’s relationship to music was explored last winter and spring in an unusual two-part exhibition at Wake Forest University’s Hanes Gallery and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. “SoundSeen: Cage / Braxton / Marclay” brought together unconventional musical scores, recordings and other works related to recorded sound by John Cage, Christian Marclay and Anthony Braxton, world-renowned leaders in radical creative