A Great American Artist. A Great American Story. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s galleries explore the career and life of a remarkable American artist through her artwork, art materials, and personal possessions along with photographs and documents from her life. We frequently feature special installations and highlights drawing upon the strength of our collections and special loans.
Beginning January 21, 2016, the Museum introduces a new series of galleries organized by theme to offer a deeper understanding of O’Keeffe’s art, life, and times. Explore a remarkable American story through O’Keeffe’s art, art materials, and personal possessions, along with photographs and documents from her life. From time to time, the contents of the galleries change as new objects go on view and special projects and installations are presented. The gallery themes include:
Abstract Nature In 1915-1916, while teaching art in Columbia, South Carolina, Georgia O’Keeffe made a radical decision. Putting aside training and tradition, she created some of the world’s first “abstractions." Inspired by the natural world, she used line, shape, color, and contrast to convey meaning and emotion.
Becoming A Modern Artist In the first decade of her career, O'Keeffe experimented with a range of colors and techniques to clarify, simplify, and strengthen her work, boldly playing with composition, scale, and varying degrees of abstraction. See how O’Keeffe became the artist we know today.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s New Mexico Georgia O’Keeffe was drawn to and inspired by New Mexico for nearly 60 years. Catch a glimpse of the artist as you’ve seldom seen her — through the eyes of her close friend and photographer Todd Webb.
My New Yorks In the 1920’s, O’Keeffe alternated her time and art making between two distinctive places in New York from the skyline and skyscrapers of the city to the bucolic natural setting of Lake George.
American Icon(s) O’Keeffe’s paintings of flowers, bones, and the New Mexican landscape are as distinct and recognizable as the artist herself. See sketches, drawings and objects that O’Keeffe collected shown alongside her iconic paintings.
Preserving A Legacy Learn about the innovative technologies and techniques used to ensure that O’Keeffe’s artwork is preserved for future generations. A selection of historic frames demonstrates the precise thought O’Keeffe gave to how her works were perceived by viewers, as well as her concerns for the safety of the artwork.
Wideness and Wonder of the World O’Keeffe’s desire to explore her world and her will to create artwork never diminished. Follow her to the mountain peaks of Peru and Japan’s Mount Fuji in her paintings and the souvenirs she brought back from her many travels.