First ever opportunity to see the artist's work room and the fallout shelter below her bedroom at her Home & Studio in Abiquiu
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum announces that it will offer a new “Behind the Scenes Tour” at the artist’s Home and Studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico, starting June 12, 2013.
Visitors to the Home and Studio now have the opportunity to walk into the room behind the black patio door that inspired O’Keeffe to purchase her Abiquiu home, a subject she painted many times over, and where she prepared her canvases. Visitors will also see O’Keeffe’s book room with her vast library collection and tour the fallout shelter she had built on the property in the early 1960s.
The new tour will run from June 12 to August 28, 2013 on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. and costs $60.00.
“The only evening tour of the Home and Studio, our new tour provides visitors with an opportunity to glimpse into the life of Georgia O’Keeffe rarely seen by the public,” said Agapita Judy Lopez, director of historic properties. “Visitors will get to look at her work space, the items she left there, her varied interests as shown in her library, and walk back in time to a cold war-era shelter, as well as learn, O’Keeffe’s reason behind its construction.”
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) bought her house in Abiquiu in 1945, which is now owned by the Museum. The 5,000-square-foot Spanish Colonial-era Abiquiu compound was in ruins in 1945, and for the next four years, O’Keeffe supervised its restoration, which was carried out by her friend, Maria Chabot. She moved from New York to make New Mexico her permanent home in 1949, and lived either at the Abiquiu or Ghost Ranch houses until 1984, when she moved to Santa Fe.
Tours of the exterior areas of the house may be arranged for larger groups, please call 505.685.4539
From a Georgia O'Keeffe Museum press release...