The Harwood Museum of Art on Ledoux Street



The Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, New Mexico focuses on the historical and contemporary art and culture of New Mexico, particularly the Taos region. The permanent collection galleries house a rotating group of works by Hispanic artists as well as art by the Taos Society of Artists, the Taos Moderns and by contemporary New Mexicans.

The Harwood also offers a changing schedule of temporary exhibitions that showcase the varied and ever-changing art of our region. From March 16 to May 20, 2007 the schedule includes the colorful, lively and provocative paintings of Anita Rodriguez and the meditative drawings of Taos artist, Gretchen Ewert. Also on view will be an exhibition exploring the history of the bulto carving tradition in northern New Mexico, guest-curated by santero Victor Goler, and accompanied by a small focus exhibition on dealer and collector Elmer Shupe.

On June 2, 2007 the Harwood premieres Diebenkorn in New Mexico, an exhibition of more than 50 paintings and works on paper by the unique and influential American artist, Richard Diebenkorn. This exhibition, funded by the Thaw Charitable Trust, is the first major investigation of Diebenkorn’s productive period from 1950–1952 when he was preparing his Master’s thesis at the University of New Mexico and beginning to explore the varied influences from the landscape that resurfaced repeatedly throughout the rest of his life. The show, curated by Harwood director Charles Lovell and artist and scholar Charles Strong, continues through September 9 then travels to the San Jose Museum of Art, California and the Grey Art Gallery, New York University. A beautifully-illustrated book published by the Museum of New Mexico Press explores these New Mexico works in depth, with essays by Diebenkorn scholars Gerald Nordland and Mark Lavatelli. On August 24, 2007 there will be a symposium on Diebenkorn and his work at the Taos Center for the Arts featuring John Elderfield, Curator of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Gerald Nordland, Jane Livingston, Mark Lavatelli and Susan Landauer.

Diebenkorn: Untitled

Richard Diebenkorn Untitled 1951 Oil on canvas
Courtesy University of New Mexico Art Museum remote

Originals 2007, the biennial juried exhibition organized by the New Mexico Committee for Women in the Arts, opens at the Harwood Museum in late September and continues through the holiday season. The Harwood co-hosts this exhibition with the Millicent Rogers Museum of Taos. The exhibition showcases recent work by women artists in New Mexico and offers a chance to experience a lively, varied and talented cross-section of New Mexico’s vibrant contemporary art scene. On view concurrently in the Harwood’s Foster Gallery for works on paper, will be a show of prints by Taos artist Howard Cook from the museum’s permanent collection.

From January to March, 2008 the Harwood’s temporary exhibition galleries will be focused on works from the museum’s permanent collection. This exhibition will explore bodies of work belonging to the Harwood by artists such as Bill Gersh, Marsha Skinner and Larry Bell among others. Like most museums, the Harwood can exhibit only about 25 percent of its collection at any one time; exhibitions such as this allow the museum to show off the collection’s hidden treasures.

Harwood Museum of Art
238 Ledoux Street, Taos, New Mexico 87571

By Pamela Michaelis, founder of The Collector's Guide and former host of “Gallery News” radio show on KHFM 95.5 remote, classical radio in Albuquerque.

Originally appeared in
The Collector’s Guide to Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque - Volume 21

LAST MODIFIED: October 14, 2009

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