Prints, Drawings and Photographs
Small works on paper often do well in an intimate setting such as the Harwood's gallery for Prints, Drawings and Photographs where the Museum presents changing exhibitions from the permanent collection as well as exhibitions of work on loan.
Drawing and printmaking have had a long and distinguished history in the Taos community. The Museum collection includes important examples by some of the earlier artists including Howard Cook, Joseph Imhof, who brought the first lithography press to Taos, Gene Kloss, Nicolai Fechin, and Walter Ufer.
The post World War II period of the Taos Moderns is represented by the works of Tom Benrimo, Andrew Dasburg, Earl Stroh, and Louis Ribak, while drawings and prints by Larry Calcagno, R.C. Ellis, Ken Price, Joe Waldrum, Vija Celmins, Wes Mills, and Bill Gersh document the work of more recent artists.
The George E. Foster Jr. Gallery for Prints Drawings and Photographs mounts several special exhibitions of work on loan from artists as well as private collections and other museums.
In Addition, the Harwood features an archival collection containing over 17,000 photographic images and other historical material related to the art and artists who have worked in Taos. Burt Harwood took hundreds of photographs of Hispanic villages and Indian Pueblos between 1916 and 1922. Even earlier are several photographs dated around 1880 of the Taos Pueblo by William Henry Jackson.
The Will Connell collection from 1932 documents many of the artists and literary luminaries of Taos and Santa Fe. Two large collections of photographs and negatives, one by Regina Cooke and another by Mildred Tolbert, document life in the post World War II era in Taos. Additionally, a growing number of contemporary photographers are represented in the fine arts collection, including Gus Foster, William Davis, Van Deren Coke, Chuck Henningsen, and Paul O'Connor.
Thus, for the Harwood, a drawing, print and photograph collection plays a vital role in its mission to collect and document the artistic changes taking place in our time.