Mabel’s beginnings: Buffalo, New York, 1879-1898

The exhibition and catalog Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West inspired this series on Mabel’s life. The show opens with her birthplace and first home in Buffalo, New York.

Born to wealth on February 26, 1879, Mabel Ganson grew up in Buffalo, New York at the height of the Gilded Age….

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Mabel Dodge Luhan Inspires Nell Shaw Cohen Opera

It’s amazing how Mabel continues to inspire. The subject of a recent play performed earlier this summer in Taos (see below), her life is clearly suited to dramatic expression. So thought composer and librettist Nell Shaw Cohen. On August 12th the Harwood Museum of Art presents “Bringing Mabel Dodge Luhan to Life through Opera,” showcasing excerpts from Nell’s opera-in-progress. This new chamber opera follows Mabel’s journey as she reinvents herself during her early Taos years.

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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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