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Reynolda House Museum of American Art Sets New Opening Weekend Record with ‘Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern’

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Aug. 22, 2017) – Reynolda House Museum of American Art made history this past weekend with its most attended exhibition opening ever. Nearly 700 visitors came to “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 19-20, surpassing the 606 people who came for opening weekend of the spring 2016 exhibition “Ansel Adams: Eloquent Light.” 
“Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” is the largest exhibition ever mounted at Reynolda House, with more than 190 objects displayed in five galleries throughout the 64-room house built by R. J. and Katharine Reynolds in 1917. Forty of O’Keeffe’s works are presented along with personal objects such as jewelry, accessories and garments, some designed and made by the artist herself. The exhibition reveals the artist’s powerful ownership of her public identity and affirms that she embodied the same modern aesthetic in her self-fashioning as in her art. 
Reynolda House Museum of American Art is the only venue for this exhibition in the Southern U.S. Prior to opening day, tickets were booked by visitors from 19 states, accounting for approximately 10 percent of total tickets. 
Admission to “Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern” is based on timed entry tickets with several entry times available for each day. To accommodate visitors, hours have been extended to 8 p.m. each Thursday during the exhibition’s run through November 19. Both advance purchase and reservation for free visitors are strongly encouraged to ensure admission. Tickets are $18 and available online at reynoldahouse.org/livingmodern.
The O’Keeffe exhibition kicks off Reynolda’s centennial year of celebration, which includes major exhibitions, a new book on the museum’s collection, and special events.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, is recognized as a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions. The museum presents an exceptional collection of art by America’s most noted artists in an incomparable setting:  the 1917 country home of Katharine and Richard Joshua (R. J.) Reynolds. Spanning 250 years of painting, prints, sculpture, photography and video art, the collection has been guided with the prescient and unerring eye of Barbara Babcock Millhouse, granddaughter of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds. Highlights include important works by Albert Bierstadt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Chuck Close, Stuart Davis, Arthur Dove, Martin Johnson Heade, Lee Krasner, Georgia O’Keeffe, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, Gilbert Stuart and Grant Wood. In addition to its collection of fine art, Reynolda House holds decorative arts and estate archive collections and mounts exhibitions from all periods in the 2005 Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing. Established in 1967 and now affiliated with Wake Forest University, the museum will mark two anniversaries in 2017—the 50th of its founding and the 100th of the completion of its estate—with major exhibitions and events. The complete Reynolda experience includes Reynolda Gardens, composed of formal gardens, walking trails and wetlands, and Reynolda Village, now an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants in many of the estate’s original buildings. For more information, please visit reynoldahouse.org.