Cody Hartley. Photo: The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Appoints Cody Hartley Director

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has named Cody Hartley as its next director. Hartley first joined the museum in 2013 and has since served in the roles of director of curatorial affairs; senior director of collections and interpretation; and, most recently, acting director. “I am thrilled and honored to be the O’Keeffe’s director,” says Hartley. “I feel lucky to work with such a dynamic, talented team, and to serve the communities of Santa Fe and Abiquiú.”

During his tenure at the museum, Hartley has worked on numerous exhibitions, including the blockbuster international retrospective of O’Keeffe’s work at Tate Modern, and spearheaded the record-breaking sale of O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1, 1932. The painting fetched $44.4 million at the Sotheby’s American art auction in November 2014, shattering the previous record for the highest amount paid for a work by a female artist. The proceeds established an acquisitions endowment for the museum. Prior to joining the institution, Hartley worked at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts; and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California.

Commenting on the appointment, Roxanne Decyk, chair of the institution’s board of trustees, said: “Choosing Cody to be the museum’s director was a unanimous decision for our board members. It was important to us not just to have someone who is a strong leader in the cultural sector, but a person who really understands the heart of the O’Keeffe. Cody brings the right mix of knowledge, skills, and creativity to ensure that the museum remains relevant and vibrant for the next generations of New Mexicans and visitors.”