The Many Facets of Mabel Dodge Luhan

Now in its third month, the Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company exhibition lives up to “a tour de force of epic proportions.” The show takes up most of the Harwood Museum of Art with its 140 art pieces and over 40 literary works and material culture objects.

With a background in art of the Southwest, I have considerable expertise. Imagine my pleasure at making new discoveries. Taos, New Mexico, a photo by renowned French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, who spent one day here in 1947. Three small photos by Dorothea Lange shot in 1931, foreshadowing her epic Dust Bowl series.

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Town of Taos Proclaims Mabel Dodge Luhan Day

The June 18th Mabel & Company symposium opened with a surprise. In conjunction with the debut opening of the Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West exhibition, Taos Mayor Daniel Barrone declared the third Saturday in June as Mabel Dodge Luhan Day.

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Mabel & Company exhibition deemed tour de force: critiques, overview, symposium

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West premiered at the Harwood Museum of Art on May 20th amidst much celebration. Relatives and friends of Mabel’s, and museum officials and guests from Buffalo and Albuquerque, numbered among the dignitaries. A ground swell of critical acclaim added to the excitement. Some critics predicted a blockbuster (The Denver Post) and deemed the exhibition a tour de force of epic proportions (Taos Magazine).

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2016 Dennis Hopper Days: Rebel Film Festival Commemoration

This week marks the Third Annual Dennis Hopper Days in Taos. In 2010 former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson proclaimed May 17th Dennis Hopper Day. Four years later Robby Romero instituted this celebration. It is his way of honoring his life-long friend. Shortly after Dennis purchased the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in 1970, Robby and his mother paid him a visit. A few days stay turned into a residency for Robby, who lived at the “Mud Palace” with Dennis until the place sold in 1978.

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