NYBG “Visions of Hawai`i” Exhibit

Wynne wraps up his 21st performance this season at the New York Botanical Gardens in honor of an exhibit featuring the island-based works of renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe…

From the New York Botanical Garden’s website:

Discover the artist’s rarely seen works from Hawai‘i—reunited in New York for the first time since 1940—and the plants and flowers that inspired them.

Bringing together 20 of Georgia O’Keeffe’s little-known depictions of Hawai‘i from a nine-week sojourn in 1939 while on commission to produce images for a Hawaiian Pineapple Company promotional campaign, this exhibition offers a new perspective on the pioneering American modernist. A lush flower show in the Haupt Conservatory explores the remarkable beauty and variety of Hawaiian flora—as well as its complex botanical and cultural history. A stunning exhibition in the Art Gallery—featuring O’Keeffe’s Hawai‘i paintings and other works—spotlights a transformative experience in the legendary artist’s life. Like many of her well-known paintings, from stark New Mexican landscapes to New York cityscapes, O’Keeffe’s dramatic Hawaiian imagery conveys a distinct sense of place with lava-studded beaches and towering waterfalls as well as close-ups of the exotic tropical flowers that she encountered.

In honor of this exhibit, NYBG and the Hawai`i Visitors and Convention Bureau enlisted some of the finest talent in Hawaiian music and hula. Wynne led the charge with 21 performances from May 15th through October 28th including top billing twice for special evening events NYBG dubbed “Aloha Nights.”

Check out video of Wynne’s performances below with hula dancers Pomaika`i Klein, Skye Randazzo, and Alison Chu.



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