SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The curator and director of the research center at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in New Mexico has stepped down.
The museum in Santa Fe announced that Barbara Buhler Lynes resigned Friday but declined to say why. Lynes is considered the world's leading authority on the life and art of the late American modernist painter.
The announcement comes on opening day of a new exhibit that highlights the importance of O'Keeffe's camping and rafting trips through the Southwest and the inspiration they provided her art.
Lynes couldn't be reached for comment but says in a statement issued by the museum that she enjoyed her time there.
She became the museum's first curator in 1999. She oversaw more than 30 exhibitions and organized several symposiums that attracted scholars from around the country.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.