Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico

This major project with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe aims to go beyond what we think of as the traditional art museum. The focus is to help visitors more deeply understand the art by better understanding the woman, the landscape of New Mexico where she spent so many years, and the very process by which she created her oils, pastels, watercolours and even her ceramics and sculpture.

This major project with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe aims to go beyond what we think of as the traditional art museum. The focus is to help visitors more deeply understand the art by better understanding the woman, the landscape of New Mexico where she spent so many years, and the very process by which she created her oils, pastels, watercolours and even her ceramics and sculpture.

Although based for long periods in New York with her photographer husband Alfred Stieglitz, O’Keeffe journeyed many times to New Mexico, and eventually settled there in her early 60s. She was enchanted by the skies, the vastness of the arid high desert and the complex cultural nexus of Spanish and Native American cultures.

Although based for long periods in New York with her photographer husband Alfred Stieglitz, O’Keeffe journeyed many times to New Mexico, and eventually settled there in her early 60s. She was enchanted by the skies, the vastness of the arid high desert and the complex cultural nexus of Spanish and Native American cultures.

Georgia O'Keeffe Home & Studio, Abiquiu
O'Keeffe's love of bones is every where apparent
The centre of the home and studio, O’Keeffe’s courtyard is both an important architectural gesture and a place from which many other portals beckon…

The centre of the home and studio, O’Keeffe’s courtyard is both an important architectural gesture and a place from which many other portals beckon…

Prototyping new ideas that go beyond the conventional art museum experience is central to our design methodology. Here the well-known element of the New Mexican ‘banco’ provides seating area and a space to read and reflect, or simply to contemplate the rattle snake embedded in the glazed void…

Prototyping new ideas that go beyond the conventional art museum experience is central to our design methodology. Here the well-known element of the New Mexican ‘banco’ provides seating area and a space to read and reflect, or simply to contemplate the rattle snake embedded in the glazed void…