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A Different Side of Georgia O’Keeffe

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Prior to my day in Santa Fe, I didn’t know much about artist Georgia O’Keeffe. I knew she painted beautiful flowers that tons of people love, but didn’t do much for me. I knew so little about her in fact, that I was surprised to see a museum dedicated to her in Santa Fe of all places! But I stopped by part of my due diligence in seeing most of what city has to offer.

I didn’t expect to walk out with a new appreciation for her as well as two prints!

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe New Mexico

Located two blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the museum’s admission price is a little steep at $12 per tourist. If you live in New Mexico, it’s an affordable $6, students and seniors get a discount at $10.

Uncharacteristically for me, I stopped to watch the 13 minute video. Usually I have little interest in them, preferring to pick up on things through the informational signs, etc. But I knew almost nothing about her and it wound up being very insightful — I had no idea that she had started out painting abstract shapes and only switched to still life and recognizable objects after the media and the photos by Alfred Stieglitz branded her work as expressions of her passionate sexuality.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe New Mexico abstract

That definitely put the flowers in context!

I also had no idea she was so captivated by New Mexico and it’s landscapes, painting them in a style that instantly captivated me. It caught the changing topography and colors that held me breathless for most of the drive from Albuquerque!

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe New Mexico landscape

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe New Mexico brush landscape

The permanent collection also features a variety of photos as well as items from her New Mexico home that also give a better sense of who she was as a person as well as an artist.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe New Mexico picture

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe New Mexico bookcase

The current exhibition of Miguel Covarrubias was interesting, but I think I would have preferred the opportunity to see more of her work, which apparently is rotated on a regular basis.

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Santa Fe New Mexico special exhibit

Definitely enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and now need to find a frame for my awesome souvenir of my trip.

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3 Comments

  1. Marc

    October 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Yawn!

    Another boring one Billy Ray!

  2. Ric Garrido

    October 11, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    Art Institute of Chicago has a large Georgia O’Keeffe collection I have enjoyed on my visits there.

  3. Tom Mauter

    October 12, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Hi Keri – I am glad you enjoyed your visit to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum which is the only museum dedicated to an internationally renowned woman artist and American Modernism. Accordingly, the museum present other Modernist artist, both contemporaries of O’Keeffe as well as others. You are correct that the museum presents about several different exhibitions during the course of the year. I encourage you and other visitors to take advantage of free docent-led tours at 10:30 am and 2 pm. As a member of the cadre of docents, these tours will tie-in the entire exhibition with the life and art of Georgia O’Keeffe.

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