Mabel’s 138th Birthday: Reflections and New Insights

This year marks the 138th anniversary of Mabel’s birth on February 26, 1879. Interestingly, the Mabel Dodge Luhan House has celebrated her birthday on special occasions since 1979. That year then owners George and Kitty Otero threw her a centennial party. Advertised in The Taos News, the event was listed under “Banish Winter Blues.” In the 1990s, Mabel House management continued the tradition with occasional lively dinner parties.

More recently two salons honored Mabel…

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Chef Sophia Vigil: Working Magic in the Tradition of Mabel Dodge Luhan

This past week I had the pleasure of interviewing our new chef, Sophia Vigil. The aroma of cooking and baking filled the kitchen. It reminded me of a guest’s remark, “It smells like home.” Mabel considered the kitchen the nicest room in the house. It’s the heart of the house, now managed by Sophia.

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Mabel & Company in Albuquerque: Exhibition Overview and Rediscovered Art Works

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West opened at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History this past October. Each venue of a travelling exhibition differs in installation and interpretation. I interviewed museum curator Andrew Connors about his vision. Here are photos and the story of the Albuquerque show.

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Mabel’s Florence: The 21st Century through Italian Eyes

In 2012 the Mabel Dodge Luhan House received a surprise package from Pescara, Italy. It contained the newly published book Nello Specchio di Mabel. The accompanying letter from author Marco Tornar, translated the title—In Mabel’s Mirror: The Florentine Years of Mabel Dodge Luhan—and the intent. “I’ve tried to fill a grievous gap in my country, Italy, which still doesn’t know this marvelous authoress.”

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