SANTA FE – The vibrant colors and hues in Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings soon will be on full display for color-blind visitors.
The Santa Fe museum announced it is teaming up with California-based EnChroma to expand the gallery experience through special glasses.
Starting May 3, visitors with red-green color blindness may borrow glasses to see O’Keeffe’s work in the way that she intended.
One of the museum’s curators, Katrina Stacy, says O’Keeffe in her later years developed visual impairment from macular degeneration and turned her attention to sculpture.
“Think of a classic O’Keeffe painting and bold colors come to mind. But for people with color vision deficiency, the hues are limited,”Katrina Stacy, curator of Education and Interpretation at the O’Keeffe, said in a news release. “We are thrilled at this opportunity to offer some of our visitors an enhanced, more colorful visual experience. With the EnChroma glasses,we can share O’Keeffe’s hope to convey ‘the wideness and wonder of the world’ with everyone.”
In O’Keeffe’s later years, she developed visual impairment from macular degeneration. Unable to paint, she turned her creative attentions to sculpture, the news release said.
EnChroma co-founder Andrew Schmeder said O’Keeffe juxtaposed colors from nature in ways that evoked emotion, and seeing that relationship between colors has been challenging for people with color blindness.
“The mission of EnChroma is to help people with color blindness unlock an enriched visual experience. This is why we are so excited about collaborating with the Museum to make O’Keeffe’s iconic works more accessible to those with color vision deficiency.” Schmeder said.
Color vision deficiency is an inherited condition that affects more than one in 12 men and one in 200 women worldwide.