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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Mabel’s Florence: Edwin Dodge and the Villa Curonia, 1904-1912

The story of Mabel’s years in Florence opens with her second marriage. On board a steamship from New York to Havre, France, Mabel met Edwin Dodge, a wealthy architect from Boston. He would become her second husband.

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Mabel Ganson Evans: First Marriage, 1900-1904

Mabel’s second memoir, European Experiences, relates the story of her marriage to Karl Evans. In Buffalo, eager to test her womanly powers, Mabel flirted with Karl Evans of her country club set. He was already engaged to one of her friends. “I had no thought of marrying him, but only of keeping him from Elsie.” The flirtation grew into an obsession for Karl. He broke with Elsie to court Mabel.

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