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Suffragette and Friend of Georgia O’Keeffe in Focus at CMA Lecture

Close friend of O’Keeffe and women’s rights activist Anita Pollitzer 


“A Night with Anita” celebrates the contributions of S.C. native Anita Pollitzer

Columbia, SC – 

On Monday, December 7, the Columbia Museum of Art hosts a discussion on the life of Anita Pollitzer, friend and confidant of Georgia O’Keeffe and suffragist with the militant National Women’s Party. Benedict College professor and Auntie Bellum Editor Meeghan Kane and South Caroliniana Library Manuscripts Specialist Graham Duncan give a joint lecture on Pollitzer.


“Anita Pollitzer, a powerful combination of conviction and Southern charm, dedicated her life to women’s rights and made a deep impression on two of America’s most cherished feminist heroes – Georgia O’Keeffe and Alice Paul,” says Meeghan Kane. Pollitzer was instrumental in launching O’Keeffe’s career, but the native South Carolinian was a photographer and suffragette in her own right. In conjunction with the exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe: Her Carolina Story, which celebrates one of American art’s most iconic and pioneering women, this program highlights another strong and independent woman with a Carolina story.


“We’re very excited to work with our partners Auntie Bellum and the South Caroliana Library to shed light on the life of Anita Pollitzer,” says CMA Deputy Director Joelle Ryan-Cook. “This is such a fascinating and under-told story of a South Carolina woman who made incredible contributions to the women’s rights movement on a national level.”


“A Night with Anita” is on Monday, December 7, 2015, at 6:00 p.m. This program is free with membership or admission. To learn more, visit www.columbiamuseum.org.

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