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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
art museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
art museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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217 Johnson Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico
United States

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O’Keeffe was pretty much a badass, and luckily for us, there's a whole museum dedicated to showing the world her badassery.

So you may be wondering, what’s the big whoop about O’Keeffe, she was just another painter right? Well, she was one of those strong female types, totally vibed with nature...and she loved to paint in the nude. Enough said.

This museum opened eleven years after O’Keeffe passed away and is completely funded by private donations, which proves how much people love her work. The museum tries to live true to O’Keeffe’s life goal which, as she put it, was to express “the wideness and wonder of the world I live in.” Considering how fruitful her artistic career was, this is not a hard task.

The museum has the largest collection of O’Keeffe artwork in the world, housing a whopping 1,149 paintings, drawing, and sculptures. She was one prolific artist; that is a ton of work! And to think, that accounts for only about half of the art she produced in her lifetime. So if you love her vagina paintings, whoops, I mean flower paintings, this institution should be at the top of your “must-see” museum list. But don’t worry; she’s not the only artist they show here. They have almost 2,000 works by other artists and often do group exhibitions showing her work as compared superstars like Jackson Pollock and Andy Warhol.

And apparently meth heads love this museum, too! In the hit TV show Breaking Bad, Jesse and his girlfriend Jane were going to take a trip here and get cultured. For reasons fans know, they didn’t quite make it. So don’t put your visit off! You never know what could happen, especially in New Mexico.

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Here is what Wikipedia says about 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 July 17, 1997, eleven years after the artist's death, and is located at 217 Johnson Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States.

History

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. 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.

The first director, Peter H. Hassrick, resigned eleven days after the museum opened in 1997, leaving museum president Jay Cantor temporarily in charge. George King was director from 1998 to 2009. Robert Kret, formerly director of the Hunter Museum of American Art, is the current director.

The collection is the largest permanent collection of O'Keeffe's work in the world, with over 3000 works. Subjects range from the artist's innovative abstractions to her iconic large-format flower, skull, and landscape paintings to paintings of architectural forms and rocks, shells, and trees. It includes gifts from 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 V. Thaw, and Emily Fisher Landau. Initially, the collection was made of 140 O'Keeffe paintings, watercolors, pastels, and sculptures, but now includes nearly 1,200 objects.

In May 2014, the museum opened a regional office in Dallas, Texas, led by Betty Brownlee.

Check out the full Wikipedia article about Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.