Final fall Karen Younger and I made a decision to supply a workshop on the Mabel Dodge Luhan Home referred to as “Conferences with Outstanding Ladies”, slated for subsequent summer season. By Steve Parks, director of the Parks Gallery, we found that the Harwood Museum of Artwork had deliberate two exhibitions, Agnes Martin: Earlier than the Grid and Bea Mandelman: Centennial for 2012. Subsequently, Karen and I hosted a brainstorming assembly with Steve; the Harwood’s director, Susan Longhenry; Janet Webb, proprietor of Webb Design; and Cathy Connelly, the City of Taos Public Affairs & Tourism Director. As we talked, concepts grew up aspherical historic and modern Taos girls. We additionally mentioned programming and promotion of the humanities (Mabel would have appreciated this). Our dialog, and several other anniversaries that coincide with New Mexico’s Centennial subsequent 12 months, culminated within the City of Taos designating “The Outstanding Ladies of Taos” as its theme for 2012.
|Mabel and Gisella Loeffler (proper). Courtesy the Taos Historic Museums|
Already different establishments of the Museum Affiliation of Taos have scheduled exhibitions that includes Taos girls for subsequent 12 months. They embody Out of the Background – The Ladies Artists of Early Taos on the E.L. Blumenschein House; Cultural Threads – Nellie Dunton and the Colcha Revival in New Mexico on the Hacienda de los Martinez; and Millicent Rogers & Her Circle and Unknown Was a Lady on the Millicent Rogers Museum. Steve Parks introduced that in March 2012 Parks Gallery will present Melissa Zink Remembered, Work and Sculpture, 1975 to 2009.
|An instance of colcha embroidery, after 1870* Courtesy of the Millicent Rogers Museum|
Simply final week our core group and a few museum personnel met with representatives from Taos galleries and artwork organizations, the publicity workforce from the City of Taos, and the New Mexico Committee of the Nationwide Museum of Ladies within the Arts. These organizations are trying into exhibitions, lectures and different occasions that spotlight inventive girls in Taos. Whereas they design packages and occasions, we’re inviting widespread participation drawing from the fields of training, historical past, agriculture and recreation in Taos. Seems like 2012 will probably be stuffed with occasions that may discover, talk about, and rejoice the outstanding girls of Taos.
Keep tuned. Oh, and save the date – June 1-3, 2012 – for the Mabel Dodge Luhan Home’s workshop, “Conferences with Outstanding Ladies.”
Adios for now,
* This instance of Rio Grande Hispanic colcha reveals a sort of embroidery particular to New Mexico. The girl who created it’s unknown.