New State Marker Affirms Artists’ Connections to Lake George
There may have been more significant artists to have lived and worked on Lake George, but none more famous than Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe.
The couple spent almost every summer at the lake from 1918 to 1946, but to the dismay of local historians, officials and business owners (not to mention the fans of Georgia O’Keeffe), there is nothing in Lake George to indicate they were ever here.
Until now, that is.
On Thursday, August 4, board members from the Lake George Arts Project and officials from the Town of Lake George unveiled a New York State Historical Marker not far from the former sites of Oaklawn, the Stieglitz family mansion, and the two artists’ studios on the hill across the road.
It reads: “Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946), Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986): They lived on this hill and created art reflecting their love of Lake George.”
“We’re reclaiming and reburnishing the artistic legacies of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz,” said Sarah Rodman, a graduate student who spearheaded the campaign to purchase and install the marker.
According to Ann Luby, who represented Governor Andrew Cuomo at the ceremony, even students of modern American art are frequently unaware that Georgia O’Keeffe lived on Lake George and created some of her finest work there.
“This is sorely needed,” said Erin Coe, the curator of “Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George,” an exhibition of works by O’Keeffe to be shown at The Hyde Collection in 2013 before traveling to museums in Santa Fe and San Francisco.
“After our show opens at The Hyde, tourists are going to want to see this hill,” said Coe.