Reimagined Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Will Triple Its Gallery Space

For almost 25 years, Georgia O’Keeffe, an iconic American modernist painter, has been honored in a museum that’s not a lot larger than two tennis courts.

Now, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, situated in Santa Fe, N.M., is planning a relocation that can price between $60 million and $65 million, and, when accomplished, will almost triple the gallery area, from about 5,000 sq. toes to 13,000 sq. toes.

 “Our collection has grown, and the new, substantially larger facility will allow us to show more of it,” Cody Hartley, the museum’s director since 2019, stated in an interview on Friday.

The present facility, which opened in 1997, initially housed a group of 40 O’Keeffe work. The museum had all the time been seeking to broaden, Hartley stated, however because the years went on and the museum’s everlasting assortment dimension elevated to greater than three,000 works — the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation donated 981 extra gadgets in 2006, the 12 months it dissolved — it turned clear relocation could be the higher possibility.

In 2018, museum officers recognized a 54,000-square-foot constructing, solely 500 or so toes from its present location, to function the brand new website. The giant area, which was once a Safeway grocery retailer, at present homes the museum’s training middle. Eighty % of the estimated price has already been dedicated, Hartley stated. The lead donor is Anne Burnett Windfohr Marion, a distinguished Texas rancher, oil heiress and patron of the humanities who died final 12 months. She had helped discovered the museum.

Gluckman Tang Architects of New York City — which designed the unique museum in addition to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City — will oversee the venture. The new area is predicted to open in 2024.

O’Keeffe, who died in 1986, spent her childhood summers in Santa Fe and lived there within the remaining years of her life. The museum is the biggest publicly accessible assortment of her work and one of many few museums within the nation devoted to a girl artist.

The present Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe.Credit…Georgia O’Keeffe Museum