For practically 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 may value between $60 million and $65 million, and, when accomplished, will practically triple the gallery area, from about 5,000 sq. toes to 13,000 sq. toes.
“Our assortment has grown, and the brand new, considerably bigger facility will permit us to point out extra 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 set of 40 O’Keeffe work. The museum had at all times been trying to increase, Hartley stated, however because the years went on and the museum’s everlasting assortment dimension elevated to greater than 3,000 works — the Georgia O’Keeffe Basis donated 981 extra objects in 2006, the 12 months it dissolved — it grew to become clear relocation could be the higher choice.
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 massive area, which was once a Safeway grocery retailer, presently homes the museum’s training middle. Eighty p.c of the estimated value 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 last year. She had helped discovered the museum.
Gluckman Tang Architects of New York Metropolis — which designed the unique museum in addition to the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York Metropolis — will oversee the venture. The brand 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 most important publicly accessible assortment of her work and one of many few museums within the nation devoted to a girl artist.