Explore Books and More Related to Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks”

Get to know the artist Georgia O’Keeffe!

Famed for her images of flowers and Southwestern landscapes, this artist spent the early years of her artistic career exploring New York City with brush in hand. She was drawn to the soaring Shelton Hotel, where she lived in the 1920s and 1930s, while other tall buildings cropped up around her. She called the paintings she made of the city "my New Yorks."

Looking at O’Keeffe's "New Yorks" can inspire us to think about "Our Chicagos"—the buildings, the parks, the neighborhoods, and the people who are meaningful to us.

Visit the special exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: “My New Yorks” at the Art Institute of Chicago, through September 22, 2024. Get ready for the show or deepen your experience afterward by diving into one of the books below. Also, don't forget to check out art-making programs related to O’Keeffe happening this summer in your library branch, and find the Artist's Studio at the Library at select branches around the city. 

Learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe's life and work in the biography Georgia O'Keeffe.

Dive into Artists in Residence, a beautifully illustrated volume of places where artists live and work, including Georgia O'Keeffe's home in the American Southwest.

Kids can learn more about O'Keeffe's New Mexico home in Gifts From Georgia's Garden.

Follow Lula on a road trip through the desert and have fun learning through a fictional encounter with Georgia O'Keeffe in A Song of Sun and Sky.

You can explore the full curated lists of titles about Georgia O'Keeffe on our website - we've created a list for adults and a list for kids.

Kids can pick up a Summer @ CPL activity guide at their neighborhood library and find a free family pass that will admit up to four adults and all children under 18 to the Art Institute and to this exhibition. For adults, you can use your Chicago Public Library card to log in and reserve a digital pass for free general admission to the Art Institute.