Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was officially opened to the public in the summer of 1997. It is located in sunny Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the Museum is named after one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Georgia O'Keeffe.

The Museum offers insight into O'Keeffe's artistic process and the vast desert landscapes that inspired her. As of 2006, her home and studio, located one hour north of Santa Fe along the Chama River, are also maintained by the Museum. It is now a National Historic Landmark and is known as one of the most artistic places in the United States. This home, where O'Keeffe lived and worked is open to the public and tours can be scheduled by appointment. Photo: Photo: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

»History of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

History of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

O'Keeffe's first home in New Mexico is also preserved by the Museum. It is located at the Ghost Ranch, about 30 minutes outside of Abiquiu, but sadly, it is not currently open to the public.

The Museum also maintains a world-class library, a research center, and a collection of works by artistswho produced work similar to O'Keeffe's style. The research center was opened in July of 2001 and it is dedicated to the study of American Modernism (work from the late 19th century to the present). The center also currently sponsors scholarly research in the following fields:art history, architectural history and design, literature, music, photography, and many more. The library contains unique archives and a vast collection of literature and artwork that can be utilized by researchers, in-house scholars, and even the public (by appointment).

O'Keeffe passed away in 1986, but her passion for art is forever preserved in her Museum namesake. Her work focuses on the wonder of the wilderness and how we, as humans, live and exist within it. She presents this perspective through large-scale abstractions of various objects of nature including rocks, trees, plants, bones, leaves, and flowers. She also presents the vast cityscapes and landscapes of Northern New Mexico in a unique and colorful perspective.

The mission of the Museum is to inspire current and future generations through engagement, education and research resulting in the preservation and presentation of Georgia O'Keeffe and the Modernism art form.

The Museum tells an incredible story of an inspirational American artist through her home, her work, and the things that inspired her throughout her career. Photo:

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»Permanent Collections

Permanent Collections

There are currently more than 3,000 pieces in the museum's collection, which include 140 original O'Keeffe oil paintings, approximately 700 drawings/sketches, and hundreds of additional pieces representative of O'Keeffe's art dating from 1901 to 1984.

When the museum first opened in 1997, the collection contained a mere 116 works or art, 94 of which were by O'Keeffe. Over the last 10 years, the collection has clearly grown exponentially thanks to the help of the Burnett Foundation and many other generous donors.

When the O'Keeffe Foundation transferred its remaining works to the Museum in 2006, the collection was deemed complete. This donation included 981 works by O'Keeffe, of which 163 were paintings, drawings, and sculptures; 669 were sketches; and 149 were photographs. It also included 1,770 photographs by various professional photographers who drew inspiration from O'Keeffe.

The Museum's collection is divided into four major categories: O'Keeffe's artwork, Photography, Personal Property, and the Archives.

The collection of O'Keeffe's artwork contains 140 of her oil paintings, more than 100 watercolors, as well as multiple casts of 3 different sculpture designs. In addition to the focus on O'Keeffe, the Museum has acquired 20 paintings, drawings, and sculpture by other artists representative of O'Keeffe.

The photography collection consists of 1,770 photos of O'Keeffe taken by professional photographers, important events in her life, her animals and friends, New Mexico houses, and the subjects she painted.

There is also a large collection of O'Keeffe's personal property, including her painting and artist materials and a collection of stones, coral, and shells. Most of these are on display at the research center.The archive collection has continued to grow steadily and includes interesting letters and postcards from the 1940's sent by O'Keeffe to Alfred Stieglitz and Maria Chabot.

The archives also contain an online collection of thousands of photos, correspondence, drawings, paintings, sculptures, and even oral histories. Photo:

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»Ongoing Programs

Ongoing Programs

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum offers a large variety of workshops, lectures, and classroom educational programs. These programs currently serve more than 7,000 citizens each year. The goal of these programs is to inspire creativity, imagination, and thoughtful dialogue within the community and beyond. Adults, children, youth groups, clubs, organizations, and students can all partake in the program available at the Museum.

Upcoming Events

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum hosts an incredible number of events each year for every member of the family. These events include: concerts, family programs, lectures, workshops, research center conversations, and themed meals.

Every Wednesday, in partnership with the Ghost Ranch, there is a tour entitled "Wednesdays with O'Keeffe". The tour includes the Abiquiu Inn, the Abiquiu Home & Studio Tour, a historic bus tour of the surrounding area, and even a buffet-style lunch.

The first Friday of every month, the museum hosts a fun art and music activity for the community in the museum courtyard. There is also a historic tour called "Walks in the American West" that features tours of the surrounding New Mexico area, its architecture, its art, and its culture. Each tour has a different theme and are hosted quite frequently. The tours are extremely detailed, educational, and fun. They are a must for any Western culture lover. Photo:

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»Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum offers a wide variety of tour options including: Private Tours, Before Hours Tours, Research Center Tours, The Home and Studio Tour, Curator Tours, School Tours, and even Spanish Language Tours. There is also a TourApp that allows visitors to utilize their smartphones to navigate the Museum with up-to-date information about the artwork via text, audio, and even video content. The application can be downloaded ahead of time via the Google or Apple Store.

The Surrounding Santa Fe area is definitely a must-see, especially the very cityscapes and landscapes that inspired Georgia O'Keeffe. Top-notch restaurants, cultural and historical sites, and don't forget the breath-taking landscapes and architecture that make Santa Fe special.

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