The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Celebrates O'Keeffe's 125th Birthday with Hotel Packages & Events in Santa Fe

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In commemoration of one of America's best known artists, Georgia O'Keeffe, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum announces celebratory events during the week of her 125th birthday this November. Hotel packages at the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Bishop's Lodge, Eldorado and La Fonda as well as special events and a free day at the Museum are some of the highlights.

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Photo by Maria Chabot, Courtesy of the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Georgia O’Keeffe’s legacy lives on in New Mexico and in the world, and we are honored to celebrate her life and work.
--Rob Kret, Director, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum announces a series of events from November 14-17, 2012 to celebrate Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th birthday, which falls on November 15. Events will include a screening of the award-winning short film Bone Wind Fire, free admission to the Museum, cooking demonstrations on desserts and cakes popular in New York and New Mexico during O’Keeffe’s lifetime, an illustrated lecture by O’Keeffe biographer Roxana Robinson, a jazz concert featuring Grammy award-winner Karrin Allyson, and more.

The opportunity to stay at some of Santa Fe' s most iconic hotel properties exists as well, with packages dedicated to O'Keeffe's birthdays offered by the Inn and Spa at Loretto, Bishop's Lodge, the Eldorado and La Fonda.

“Georgia O’Keeffe’s legacy lives on in New Mexico and in the world, and we are honored to celebrate her life and work,” said Rob Kret, director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

The current exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image, on display through May 5, 2013, showcases the artist’s personal effects and camping gear, as well as work inspired by her favorite places in the Southwest such as the Black Place and the White Place.

Ongoing: Photography Competition
To honor the 125th birthday of Georgia O’Keeffe, the Museum has organized a flower-themed photography competition divided into three age groups: adults 21 years and older, students 18 to 21 years of age, and students below 18 years of age. The early entry deadline is O’Keeffe’s birthday on November 15, 2012, and the final deadline is December 19, 2012. More information can be found on the Museum’s website.

November 14, 1 PM and 6 PM: FILM SCREENING OF Bone Wind Fire at Museum Education Annex, 123 Grant Avenue.
This 30-minute film by Jill Sharpe debuted at the Vancouver Film Festival in 2011 to great acclaim. An intimate and evocative journey into the hearts, minds, and eyes of Georgia O’Keeffe, Emily Carr, and Frida Kahlo—three of the 20th century’s most remarkable artists—the film uses the women’s own words, taken from their letters and diaries, revealing three individual creative processes in all their subtle and fascinating variety. The International Festival of Films on Art in Montreal named Bone Wind Fire as the Best Canadian Film in March 2012.

November 15, All Day: FREE ENTRY to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, located on 217 Johnson Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501, will be open to the public free of charge on the artist’s birthday. The current exhibition, Georgia O’Keeffe and the Faraway: Nature and Image, features some of the personal effects and camping gear of the artist on display, along with pastels, paintings, and sketches of areas beloved to O’Keeffe in the Southwest, including The Black Place and the White Place. Photographs of O’Keeffe by Maria Chabot are also featured.

November 15, 10 AM-1 PM: Georgia O’Keeffe’s 125th Birthday Party
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and The Santa Fe School of Cooking come together to present a birthday celebration honoring O'Keeffe, featuring stories and food representing her life. The event will include a demonstration-style class featuring desserts from two era's that shaped her career: the Roaring Twenties and Great Depression in New York City, and the Forties wartime in New Mexico. On the menu will be red velvet cupcakes, cheesecake, shortbread, tres leches cake, biscochitos, and Mexican chocolate pudding. $55 per person includes a demonstration, recipes, good stories, lots of fun and dessert. Register at or call 505-983-4511.

November 15, 6 PM, O’Keeffe Lecture & Reception with Biographer Roxana Robinson
Renowned O’Keeffe biographer Roxana Robinson will give a lecture entitled Georgia O’Keeffe: Reading the Work as the Life. The illustrated talk on the artist’s life will take place at the St. Francis Auditorium. Admission to the lecture is $5, and free to Museum members. The acclaimed author and writer published the definitive biography “Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life” in 1989. According to Publisher’s Weekly it was the first book on O’Keeffe to “draw on sources unavailable during O’Keeffe’s lifetime, and the first to be granted her family’s cooperation…[it] offers a persuasive feminist analysis of the life and work of an iconic figure in American art.”

November 17, 7 PM: Jazz Concert, Celebrating Georgia O’Keeffe
Jazz it up in recognition of Georgia’s 125th birthday celebration with multi-Grammy nominee, singer/pianist, Karrin Allyson at La Posada Resort Hotel and Spa, Ballroom. Tickets are $35 per person/$75 Supporters & Friends. Price includes birthday cake, a bubbly birthday toast, and free valet parking. Tickets available through the Lensic Performing Arts Center at 505-988-1234 or online at

Karrin Allison is a four-time Grammy Award nominee who has 13 recordings to her credits, including her most recent 2011 release: “Round Midnight.” A recording artist on the prestigious Concord Records label, the Kansas City, this New York-based singer was also nominated as 2012 female Jazz Singer of the Year by the Jazz Journal Association. The event is produced in collaboration with Friends of Santa Fe Jazz. All proceeds benefit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

November 17, 1-4 PM: Free Family Birthday Party at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Celebrate Georgia O’Keeffe’s birthday will your family with hands-on art activities inspired by the works of O’Keeffe. Make O’Keeffe related party hats, create a piece of art at a painting table, make a whirli-gig with images relating to O’Keeffe In New Mexico and New York, plus incorporate a selected quote into a unique piece of art. Enjoy birthday party the Museum’s Education Annex, 123 Grant Avenue. Free. No reservation required.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, to defining its ongoing significance, and to the study and interpretation of American Modernism, late 19th century to the present. Located in Santa Fe, NM, the Museum’s collections, exhibits, research center, publications and education programs contribute to scholarly discourse and serve diverse audiences. The largest single repository of the artist’s work in the world, it is the only museum in the world dedicated to an internationally known American woman artist and is the most visited art museum in New Mexico.

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