Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, her life, American Modernism, and public engagement. It opened on 17 July 1997, eleven years after the artist's death, and is located at 217 Johnson Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States.[1]


The private, non-profit Museum was founded in November 1995 by philanthropists Anne Windfohr Marion and John L. Marion, part-time residents of Santa Fe.[2] The Museum building was designed by architect Richard Gluckman in association with Santa Fe firm Allegretti Architects. Gluckman's projects have included the gallery addition at the Whitney Museum of American Art's permanent collection in New York City and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1]

The first director, Peter H. Hassrick, resigned immediately after the museum opening, leaving Jay Cantor temporaryily charge, as tens of thousands of visitors arrived to view the small edifice and its contents. George King was director from 1998 to 2009. Robert Kret, formerly director of the Hunter Museum of American Art, is the current director.

Initially, the collection was made of 140 O'Keeffe paintings, watercolors, pastels and sculpture, but now its holdings of O'Keeffe works number over 1,000, representing the largest repository of work by O'Keeffe available to the public in a single institution. Subjects range from the artist's innovative abstractions, iconic large-format flower, skull, and landscape paintings, in addition to paintings of architectural forms and rocks, shells, and trees, dating between 1902 and 1984. It is the largest permanent collection of O'Keeffe's work in the world.[1]

The collection includes gifts contributed by anonymous collectors, the Burnett Foundation, the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation, Anna Marie and Juan Hamilton, Gerald and Kathleen Peters, Anne W. Marion, The Stephane Janssen Trust, Anne W. Phillips, Clare and Eugene Thaw, and Emily Fisher Landau.[1] The Museum is dedicated to the art and life of Georgia O'Keeffe (1887–1986) as well as to the study of American Modernism, a phenomenon that began in America in the 1890s and continues into the present. Its comprehensive exhibition program acquaints visitors with the significance of O'Keeffe's art and demonstrates its importance within the context of American Modernism. O'Keeffe works from the permanent collection are always on view in selected museum galleries. In addition, the Museum organizes or hosts various types of exhibitions, some of which are theme based: (1) works by O'Keeffe from our own and other collections; (2) O’Keeffe’s art shown with that of her contemporaries; (3) the art of O’Keeffe’s contemporaries; and (4) works of living artists of distinction.

Research Center[edit]

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Research Center, housed in the historic late-19th-century Bergere House at 135 Grant Street in Santa Fe, sponsors research in American Modernism (late 19th century–present) by awarding stipends through its competitive scholar program to historians in the fields of art, architecture, design, literature, music, and photography, and to museum professionals for organizing an exhibition at the Museum.

It opened in July 2001 and is the only museum-related research facility in the world dedicated to the study of American Modernism. An extensive collection includes the libraries O’Keeffe maintained at her Ghost Ranch house, archives with numerous documents and correspondence pertaining to O’Keeffe and her contemporaries, and all of the personal property O’Keeffe owned at the time of her death in 1986, such as artist materials and found objects.

External video
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Life and Artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum (11:00), C-SPAN[3]

Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation[edit]

In early-2006, the President of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Chairman of the Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation announced that their boards had signed a letter of intent that established the principles under which the Foundation would transfer all of its assets to the Museum. The Foundation's collection of more than 800 O'Keeffe artworks and extensive archival materials would be conveyed to the Museum, as would O'Keeffe's house and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Upon completion of the transaction, which took place in mid-2006, the Museum's art and archival collections increased dramatically, and the Museum became the steward of O'Keeffe's historic house in Abiquiu. The Museum already owns and maintains the artist's Ghost Ranch property, 20 minutes north of Abiquiu.

Popular culture[edit]

The museum was shown in an episode of Breaking Bad.


  1. ^ a b c d "Museum Facts". The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  2. ^ Kathryn Jones, The Money of Color, Texas Monthly, September 1999
  3. ^ "Life and Artwork of Georgia O'Keeffe". C-SPAN. January 9, 2013. Retrieved March 14, 2013. 

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Coordinates: 35°41′20″N 105°56′28″W / 35.688961°N 105.94119°W / 35.688961; -105.94119 (Georgia O'Keeffe Museum)