A prolific photographer of the Southwest from the late 1940s through the late 1980s, Myron Wood is perhaps best known for his work in New Mexico with the Native Americans of Taos Pueblo, the Catholic Penitente brotherhoods of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, and for his celebrated photographs of artist Georgia O’Keeffe and her Abiquiu, N.M., home. Around the Southwest, Wood made a name for himself with photography funded by the Ford Foundation, the Pueblo Public Library and the Pikes Peak Regional Library, among other supporters. His photographs have been published extensively in national and regional magazines and in many books.
Born in Oklahoma, Wood moved to Colorado Springs in 1947, where he fell in love with the natural beauty of the Southwest. In the 1950s, he became assistant curator for photography here at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. In fact, the reason he met Georgia O’Keeffe in 1956 was to thank her for donating copies of husband Alfred Stieglitz’s publication, Camera Work, to the Fine Arts Center. It was more than 20 years later, in 1979, that Wood met O’Keeffe again and asked to photograph her and her Abiquiu home. For the next two and-a-half years, Wood made several trips to Abiquiu, where he captured O’Keeffe and the atmosphere of creativity she had created there. Join us as we celebrate the late photographer’s stunning documentation of O’Keeffe’s later years in our exhibition FAC Legacy Series: Myron Wood’s Portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe, a collection of more than 25 photographs, most of them on loan from the library district. This remarkable exhibition, which captures the soulful character of this influential American artist, is part of our celebration of The Year of Georgia O’Keeffe.