February 17, 2019 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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A Century of Art by Women Viewed in a Year of Truth

The Harwood Museum of Art draws from artists in its collection for its Work by Women exhibition

From its founding in 1923 by Lucy Case Harwood, the Museum has acquired thousands of works by artists who experienced the landscape and peoples of Taos and northern New Mexico. Many of the works are by women. Yet, as with most U.S. museums, the Harwood has displayed mostly art by men. The Harwood Collection: Work by Women (February 10th- May 13th, 2018), is overdue.

Museum Director Richard Tobin notes that “all the women artists in the Harwood collections are essential to the living legacy of Taos arts. Their work is part of a complex narrative shaped over centuries by the confluence of Native American, Hispano, and Anglo cultures – all against the towering landscape of Taos and the Taos aesthetic. Dr. Tobin invited guest curators Judith Kendall and Janet Webb to select work by artists who are in the Harwood collection for Work by Women. The Curators chose to group the artists under common themes found in the collection:

Taoseña Art. Several women in the collection have broken with the patriarchal tradition in religious art: Frances Varos Graves with her colchas, Anita Rodriguez with her healing altar, Maye Torres with a contemporary rendition of La Pietå.

The Women of the Taos Society of Artists. Work by Women features three paintings by Catharine Critcher, the only female artist voted into the Taos Society of Arts. Also on exhibit are works by wives of the more familiar male artists of the TSA era: Mary Blumenschein, Mary Ufer and Lucy Case Harwood.

The Three Weavers. In the 1960s, three Anglo artists, Rachel Brown, Joan Loveless, and Kristina Wilson, together revived the nearly lost tradition of Rio Grande weaving. While creating their own modernist-influenced artwork in fiber, they founded and nurtured wool cooperatives in Los Ojos and Arroyo Seco, New Mexico.

Two one-woman shows occupy the Peter and Madeleine Martin Gallery. Erin Currier: La Frontera presents her vision of a land of dismantled borders, a dream shared by Americans of African, Asian, European, and Indigenous descent. Jolene Nenibah Yazzie: Sisters of War features Native American women warriors painted directly on the gallery walls in comic-art styling of the graphic novel.

Large Scale Abstractions by Taos Women. Harwood’s largest gallery will feature paintings from artists working in Taos today. The common theme here will be color as it relates to the land and sky of Taos, hence the gallery theme: Nature Altered. And the jewel in the crown of the Museum’s abstract tradition is the major 20th century artist Agnes Martin, represented by her seven paintings in the Agnes Martin Gallery and most recently by Tundra (1967) a gift of the William Dietrich II Foundation to the Harwood.

The Harwood hopes that in acknowledging work by women artists the Work by Women exhibition will spark conversation about longstanding cultural biases. To this end, there will be artist panel discussions, lectures, and films about the artwork on the walls and the lives of the women who make it. At least one dramatic reading on woman’s place in society is also planned. The dates and times will be posted at harwoodmuseum.org/calendar.