Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

O’Keeffe in Process

New Mexico Museum of Art

July 06, 2015


September 10, 2015 – January 17, 2016

The New Mexico Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition O’Keeffe in Process is its contribution to the “Fall of Modernism” cultural collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

The exhibition opens Thursday, September 10, 2015, 5-7pm and runs through January 17, 2016.

Georgia O’Keeffe was one of the most significant American Modernists and was arguably the most important woman artist of the twentieth century. She is known for the originality and individuality of her personal style of Modernist art. Featuring 36 O’Keeffe oil paintings, 15 works on paper, and supporting materials from the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and private collections, this exhibition tells the story of the working technique of this twentieth-century New Mexico Master.

Artworks on view will span the artist’s career from early student portraits of family members created in 1905, to paintings executed during stays at Lake George in the late teens and first half of the twenties, to her iconic depictions of flowers, bones, and New Mexico landscapes, to her discovery of the view from the sky.

In a rare opportunity to see some of these artworks together in one space, the exhibition brings related paintings from the two museum’s collections into conversation.  Preliminary sketches and photographs hung alongside finished works will reveal both the steps in O’Keeffe’s creative process and her technical, art-making technique. Viewers will come to understand what makes an O’Keeffe artwork recognizable as an O’Keeffe.

The free public opening reception for O’Keeffe in Process is Thursday, September 10, 2015, from 5-7 pm. Also opening that evening is Looking Forward/Looking Back.

An American Modernism, the companion exhibition to O’Keeffe in Process will open on October 2, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Please consult the New Mexico Museum of Art website for scheduled programs. Other public programming will be announced.

MEDIA: For high resolution exhibition images please contact Steve Cantrell at


The Fall of Modernism is a citywide collaboration that celebrates the Modernist art movement in America and runs from September of 2015 through January of 2016 anchored by the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. The New Mexico Museum of Art will present two exhibitions, O’Keeffe in Process and An American Modernism. It is complemented by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum’s exhibition, From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection. Numerous art galleries in Santa Fe will showcase Modernist art with exhibitions, programming, and events. For information about the exhibitions, related public events, and a joint museum ticketing program, the public is invited to check the web site


Media Contacts:

Steve Cantrell, PR Manager, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs

New Mexico Museum of Art



Audrey Nadia Rubinstein, JLH Media for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum




Founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Art has been presenting innovative arts programming in downtown Santa Fe for close to 100 years.  At its founding the museum collected and exhibited artworks by noted artists from New Mexico and elsewhere. This tradition continues today with a wide array of exhibitions and a significant collection featuring work from the world’s leading artists. Today, as at its founding, the New Mexico Museum of Art strives to bring the art of New Mexico to the world and the art of the world to New Mexico.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.  Museum exhibitions and programs are supported by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its Director’s Leadership Fund, Exhibitions Development Fund, and Fund for Museum Education.

The Museum is located at 107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, just off the downtown Plaza. 24 Hr. Recorded Message: (505) 476-5072; Front desk: (505) 476-5041. November through April the museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays: 10 am-5 pm and open for free 5 to 8 pm on the first Friday of the month. May through October the museum is open 7 days a week 10 am-5 pm and is open for free every Friday night from 5 to 8 pm. The Museum is closed on Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Weather conditions may require the Museum to close; you can check with the Front Desk at 505-476-5041. Visit us on the web for the latest updates at



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