They have a wonderful collection that includes many well-known artists from all over, but I especially enjoyed seeing some of the work that is more local in content.
Of course there were a number of paintings by Santa Fe's most famous artist, Georgia O'Keefe. This one is called "Red Hills with the Pedernal."
I am not a big fan of Georgia O'Keefe's work. After we went to the museum I posted on Facebook that I wasn't that crazy about her work. I got more comments than I have ever gotten on any Facebook post. Some wondered if I thought I should like her work and why I thought that. Others expressed surprise that I don't just love it. Here's the thing. I saw reproductions of her work for many, many years before seeing it in person. Somehow when I saw reproductions I imagined the originals to be very large and very lush. Even as I look at the photo above, I think it looks better on my monitor than the painting does in person. Her paintings are fairly small. This one is 20" x 30" which is kind of typical. The paint is scrubbed on very thinly. When I see them in person this is what I notice—a stinginess in the paint and a fussiness in the execution that are not noticeable in small reproduction. They seem wanner, paler in person. In fact, the process of reproducing and decreasing the work in size has that effect of tightening and enriching the look of the piece and leading the viewer to imagine a heartier image at a large size. One of the commenters on Facebook said that the museum does not have her "best work." But over the years I have seen a lot of her work in museums and it all strikes me in the same surprising way. It's not what I expected.