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Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns & the West

Luhan brought modern art to Taos, New Mexico, putting Taos on the national and international map of the avant-garde and creating a "Paris West" in the American Southwest.

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns & the West

Oct. 29, 2016 - Jan. 22, 2017

Dorothy Brett, My Three Fates. 1958. Oil on canvas. Albuquerque Museum

Dorothy Brett
My Three Fates, 1958
oil on canvas
Albuquerque Museum, Gift of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation, from the Lucia v.B. Batten Estate

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"Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West" focuses on the life and times of one of the early 20th century's most significant cultural figures: Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962). Luhan brought modern art to Taos, New Mexico, putting Taos on the national and international map of the avant-garde and creating a "Paris West" in the American Southwest. From 1918-1947, Luhan influenced legions of European and American "movers and shakers" to find Northern New Mexico's physical and cultural landscapes—new aesthetic, social, and cultural perspectives on modern life.

The exhibition will include 150 works of art and ephemera produced by the visual, literary, and performance artists who came to Taos at Mabel's behest. The works of Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Ansel Adams, Agnes Pelton, and Georgia O'Keeffe will be displayed in conversation with the works of Pueblo and Hispano artists who inspired their modernist sensibilities.

Co-curated by a dynamic scholarly team, MaLin Wilson-Powell and Dr. Lois Rudnick, this project offers a transformative and multi-disciplinary contribution to the evolution of American Modernism as it expanded westward.

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Elaine de Kooning, 1920 - 1989
"Juarez" (detail), 1959, oil on canvas
Collection of Albuquerque Museum