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Current Exhibition

Rooted in Place

November 9, 2023 - August 1, 2024

Santa Fe, NM

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Timed tickets required for all visitors. Free for members.

A cottonwood tree thick with yellow leaves fills the foreground. The top of Pedernal, visible in the distance, peeks out above the trees.

Many of us are familiar with Georgia O’Keeffe’s explorations of flowers, however, an even more persistent botanical subject in her work was trees. Throughout her life, O’Keeffe returned over and over to depictions and descriptions of trees, in paintings, sketches, watercolors, and even in her letters. She captured trees in drawings and paintings from her travels around the world and from the places she made home.

Rooted in Place offers a collection of her studies of trees, from the piñon and cottonwoods near her homes in New Mexico, to maples at Lake George and palm trees in the Caribbean. In addition, we have partnered with the Santa Fe Botanical Garden to include further information about the botanical nature of a subject that caught O’Keeffe’s fascination again and again.

Vertical canvas of vibrant red and orange hills dominated in the foreground by a twisting frayed brown tree stump - a piece of driftwood in a sea of reddish orange.
Georgia O’Keeffe. Stump in Red Hills, 1940. Oil on canvas, 30 1/8 x 24 inches. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Stéphane Janssen Trust in memory of R. Michael Johns. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. [1996.7.2] Photo: Tim Nighswander/IMAGING4ART
Georgia O’Keeffe. Cottonwoods Near Abiquiu, 1930. Oil on canvas, 22 x 26 inches. Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation. © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. [2006.5.227] Photo: Tim Nighswander/IMAGING4ART
Brown and grey three pronged dead tree branching out across the vertical canvas against a reddish-orange earth background. Little tufts of green are scattered on the ground around the base of the tree.

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