For nearly 25 years, Georgia O’Keeffe, a distinguished American modernist painter, has been honored in a museum no larger than two tennis courts.
Now Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, located in Santa Fe, NM, is planning a relocation that will cost between $60 million and $65 million, and, when completed, will almost triple the gallery space from about 5,000 square feet to 13,000 square feet. .
“Our collection has grown, and the new, significantly larger facility will allow us to show more of it,” Cody Hartley, director of the museum since 2019, said in an interview Friday.
The current facility, which opened in 1997, originally housed a collection of 40 O’Keeffe paintings. Hartley said, the museum always wanted to expand, but as the years went by and the size of the museum’s permanent collection grew to more than 3,000—the Georgia O’Keefe Foundation donated 981 additional items in 2006, the year it disbanded. happened – it became clear that relocation would be the better option.
In 2018, museum officials identified a 54,000-square-foot building to serve as the new site, which is only 500 or so feet from its current location. The large space, which used to be a Safeway grocery store, is currently the education center of the museum. Eighty percent of the estimated cost has already been committed, Hartley said. The main donor is Anne Burnett Windfor Marion, a prominent Texas rancher, oil heiress and patron of the arts. died last year. He had helped found the museum.
Gluckman Tang Architects of New York City – which designed the original museum as well as the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City – will oversee the project. The new location is expected to open in 2024.
O’Keefe, who died in 1986, spent the summer of her childhood in Santa Fe and lived there for the last years of her life. The museum houses the largest publicly accessible collection of her work and is one of the few museums in the country dedicated to a female artist.