Fall splendor at Mabel’s: Photos

Every October, as I gaze at pockets of golden cottonwoods stretching across the Taos Valley, I liken their crowns, reaching up to embrace the sky, to tethered balloons about to lift off into the atmosphere. As I watched the ascent of this past weekend’s balloon festival, the notion seemed not so far fetched. The vibrant, multi-colored inflatables appeared to rise out of the trees.

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In Memoriam: Karen Sue Young, 1941-2015

The staff at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House deeply regrets the recent passing of our beloved Karen Sue Young.

We will miss her not only for her leadership and guidance, but also for her friendship, wisdom, and humor. Our heartfelt love goes out to her family and friends.

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Mabel’s Homes: Shells of the Soul

There is no doubt whatever about the influence of architecture and structure upon human character and action. We make our buildings and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives.

Winston Churchill spoke these words before the English Architectural Association in 1924. So powerful was this statement that two decades later, upon requesting the exact replication in rebuilding the bombed-out Parliament building after World War II, he declared: “We shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.”

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Major 2016 Mabel exhibition: Overview

A major Mabel Dodge Luhan exhibit slated for 2016. The exhibition will be the first to showcase the impact of Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962), and her circle of artist, writer, and activist friends, on shaping American Modernism. The exhibition is an exploration Mabel Dodge Luhan’s life and influence, within the context of early 20th century American history and the Southwest, and an exploration of how the tiny multicultural community of Taos became an important center of the modernist art movement.

On May 22, 2016, this landmark traveling exhibition opens at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos.

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