Past Exhibition

Preserving a Legacy: Frames of Mine

May 4, 2016 - October 21, 2019

Santa Fe, NM

Two women sit on a bench and look at a wall of empty frames installed in a salon mode.

Georgia O’Keeffe was very particular about framing her artwork. She worked closely with frame makers to develop designs that matched the modern aesthetic of her artwork. Though O’Keeffe experimented with new materials and more whimsical designs, she primarily relied upon a small selection of simple modern frames. These historic frames demonstrate the precise thought O’Keeffe gave to how her works were perceived by viewers, as well as her concerns for the safety of the artwork while on exhibit.

The Museum’s conservation program uses innovative scientific technologies and techniques to care for our collection and ensure that O’Keeffe’s artwork is preserved for future generations. This work includes researching the artist’s original frames and producing replicas that match her aesthetic preferences. Combining historic knowledge and newer materials, the Museum has developed a frame style that is visually identical to O’Keeffe’s “clam shell” frames while offering superior protection for the artwork.