Uplifting and informative, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is an accessible travel must. This collection of works by the “Mother of American modernism” exudes the empowering dynamics of a talented artist who learned the rules, and then unabashedly proceeded to reinvent them on her own terms with great commercial success – yeah, she rocked the 20th century art world.
A poster of one of O’Keeffe’s iconic florals adorned my walls once upon a time, but it still did not, could not, prepare me for the energy and light emanating from the originals. Her natural abstracts glow, almost pulsate. Collected objects such as animal bones, shells and feathers are artfully enlarged and juxtaposed creating visual poetry. And both cityscapes and New Mexico landscapes show that light can inspire us wherever we find ourselves.
Located a few short rollable blocks from The Plaza, mobility device users like myself enjoy wide, greatly barrier-free display spaces within the museum. Even the gift shop is easy to navigate around, a true marker of ADA awareness and hospitality.
A brief, captioned video about O’Keeffe plays in a well lit, easily accessed side room near the entrance. Start there to maximize your appreciation of O’Keeffe’s life and masterful perspectives of the natural world.
I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary–you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous. — Georgia O’Keeffe
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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