(April 23, 2015)—Santa Fe, New Mexico—The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is pleased to announce that The Cultural Properties Review Committee, a committee of the Heritage Preservation Division of the State of New Mexico’s Department of Cultural Affairs, is presenting a lifetime achievement award to Agapita (Pita) and Belarmino (Mino) Lopez commemorating forty years devoted to the preservation of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Home & Studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Three generations of the Lopez family have cared for the home, one of the most significant artist’s homes in America and a National Historic Landmark.
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) bought her house in Abiquiu in 1945. 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. The home is now owned by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and available for tours by reservation.
Touring the Home & Studio property in Abiquiu allows visitors to see where O’Keeffe created some of her most famous paintings creating a living and working space that revealed the magnificent views of the valley and mountains beyond.
“It is an honor to receive this award. We believe the Abiquiu Home & Studio provides a unique opportunity for visitors to see and experience the inspiration behind some of Ms. O’Keeffe’s most well-known works,” said Agapita Lopez, Director of Historic Properties, who worked for O’Keeffe for over a decade. “This historic property allows the world to witness her creative lifestyle, garnering a much deeper appreciation of O’Keeffe’s aesthetic and artistic output.”
“The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum is extremely grateful to three generations of the Lopez family and to Pita, Mino and Maggie for their tireless devotion to preserving Ms. O’Keeffe’s property,” said Robert A. Kret, Director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. “We are fortunate to have living legacies from Georgia O’Keeffe’s life take such care of her home and studios and personal property enabling our visitors to better understand the life and work of this iconic American artist. ”
Recent updates on the catalogue records at O’Keeffe’s Home and Studio in Abiquiu have unearthed new information about long-hidden items, adding to the intellectual understanding of the property. The new insights will be incorporated into the tours of the home and studio, along with displays of personal objects that O’Keeffe used in her daily life. Tours are given Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday through May 29; beginning June 7, additional tours are added on Wednesday and Saturday. Special and behind-the-scenes tours are offered on a limited basis. Visit okeeffemuseum.org/abiquiu for complete schedule information, ticket purchases, directions, and guidelines.
The 43rd Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will be held on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. May 8th, in Santa Fe, New Mexico at The Scottish Rite Center located at 463 Paseo De Peralta. The prestigious award is made by nomination only.
ABOUT GEORGIA O’KEEFFE MUSEUM:
To inspire all current and future generations, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum preserves, presents and advances the artistic legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe and modernism through innovative public engagement, education, and research. Opened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1997, the Museum counts O’Keeffe’s two New Mexico homes as part of its extended collection. The Museum’s collections, exhibitions, research center, publications and educational programs contribute to scholarly discourse and serve a diverse audience. For more information, please visit www.okeeffemuseum.org