Museums to host wide variety of exhibitions

SANTA FE -- New Mexico has long been known as a destination for art lovers. This summer, several museums have exhibitions on tap.

  • An exhibition of Georgia O'Keeffe's lost art called "Georgia O'Keeffe in Williamsburg: A Re-creation of the Artist's First Public Exhibition in the South," will be at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum here from June 23 to Oct. 21.
  • The exhibition comprises nine paintings shown in 1938 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va. Since forgotten, the exhibition has been reassembled from private collectors and from permanent collections of museums.

    Also included in the exhibition will be correspondence, photographs and historical documents.

    The museum also is hosting "Eye of Modernism," which is on display through Sept. 4.

    The exhibition contains works of more than 40 American artists, including Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol.

    The 13,000-square-foot Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is open daily from July through October, and closed Wednesdays from November through June.

    Daily hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except Wednesdays, when it is open from noon to 8 p.m., and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    For more information, call (505) 946-1017.

  • The New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, a 47-acre interactive museum in Las Cruces, chronicles the 3,000-year history of the agricultural and rural life of New Mexico.
  • This summer, "La Casa Colonial," on view through May 20, 2002, will feature the transformation of the temporary gallery at the museum into a 19th century Spanish colonial home.

    The exhibition will highlight life in New Mexico in 1813, and visitors are encouraged to tour the room and courtyard on the Santa Fe plaza and handle objects from the period.

    A series of lectures and family days are scheduled to take place during the exhibition.

    The museum also features a permanent exhibition in the main gallery called "Generations," which uses the biographies of 33 people to tell the story of 3,000 years of local history.

    The 31,000-square-foot exhibit includes interactive displays, artifacts, photographs and reconstructions.

    There also are animal corrals and a dairy barn with longhorn and churro sheep, donkeys, goats, cows and daily milking demonstrations.

    The Purple Sage restaurant offers Southwestern fare and a view of the Organ Mountains.

    The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

    For additional information, call (505) 522-4100.

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