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Local Exhibits - May/June 2017


New Mexico Museum of Art
“Cady Wells: Ruminations”
Through September 17, 2017

Cady Wells ventured to Santa Fe in the early 1930s and for a period of time studied with Andrew Dasburg. Just prior to his arrival in New Mexico, he had traveled to Japan and studied the brush techniques of artists and calligraphers there. Very much a modernist, Wells had a singular vision for his work. In New Mexico he developed a completely personal style of painting, ranging from figural to abstraction and non-objective, but always with emotional depth and power. For this exhibit the museum is presenting a collection of the artist’s innovative watercolor paintings, the medium in which he excelled and is most identified.


“Imagining New Mexico”
Through September 17, 2017

“Imagining New Mexico” features selections from the museum's vast and wonderful permanent collection. Included in this current compilation of works is an unusual and intriguing oil painting by Gustave Baumann, a mysterious nocturnal scene. This exhibit allows visitors the opportunity to see lesser-known works, such as the Baumann painting, by the great artists of the Taos and Santa Fe art colonies.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Art
“Mirror, Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo”
Through October 29, 2017

This is an impressive assemblage of photographs by a variety of exceptional photographers, such as Imogen Cunningham and Carl Van Vechten. More than fifty images are on display, revealing the iconic Mexican artist throughout her life, from young girl to mature artist and wife of painter, Diego Rivera. In addition, the museum has selected a number of later photographs by William Frej with scenes of Frida Kahlo’s home in Mexico City, now a museum, alongside contemporary works created in homage to Kahlo by artists from Santa Fe’s Spanish Market.

Institute of American Indian Arts
“Visions and Visionaries”
Through July 6, 2017

IAIA has a new gallery space that they are using to feature works from their substantial permanent collection. This exhibit was organized to highlight the scope of artists who have worked under its auspices from the 1960s and onward. Overall, it presents a fascinating look at the development of Native art in the American Southwest.



Taos Art Museum at Fechin House
“W. Herbert “Buck” Dunton: Twilight of the West”
Through October 8, 2017
The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House has worked in partnership with the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, Texas, to present this special exhibition focusing on the work of Taos master, William Herbert “Buck” Dunton.

A member of the popular Taos Society of Artists, Dunton was particularly interested in portraying the lives of the early settlers, the mountain men, and the cowboys who exemplified, for him, the rugged era that was quickly passing into history. He was quoted:

“The West has passed—more's the pity. In another twenty-five years the old-time westerner will have gone too—gone with the buffalo and the antelope. I'm going to hand down to posterity a bit of the unadulterated real thing, if it’s the last thing I do—and I’m going to do it muy pronto.”

Having learned of Taos from fellow artist Ernest Blumenschein, he left his illustration career in New York and moved to Taos permanently in 1915.

Harwood Museum
“The Harwood Collection: Blumenschein to Bell”
Closing soon: May 21, 2017

This exhibit explores the many ways that the northern New Mexico environment has influenced, and sometimes shaped, artists’ work. It is broken into six different categories to highlight various genres of work, but each begins with the word “Continuum.” As a whole, the exhibit offers viewers an excellent range of art created in the region during the twentieth century. The category titles are:

“Continuum: Light, Space and Time” (Photographs and works on paper)
“Continuum: Beyond Picturesque” (Taos Society of Artists and early 20th century)
“Continuum: Brave New World” (Abstract Expressionism)
“Continuum: Art-As-Art” (After the 1960s)
“Continuum: The Ascent of the Modern” (Cubism and Expressionism)
“Continuum: Sermo Humilis” (Historical and modern works by native New Mexicans in the “the humble or low style,” informed by the Franciscan followers of St. Francis of Assisi)

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