Who brought Georgia O’Keeffe, D.H. Lawrence and Ansel Adams to New Mexico?

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West Exhibit Opening May 2016

mabel-1041755TAOS, N.M., Aug. 28, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – How does a socialite from Buffalo, New York become the center of a modernist movement in a town in the middle of the American Wild West? How did the road that led her west enable her to attract artists, thinkers, photographers, writers and dancers, including Georgia O’Keefe, Ansel Adams, D.H. Lawrence, and Martha Graham, to her high desert sanctuary in Taos, New Mexico?

These are the questions that The Harwood Museum of Art exhibition, “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West,” opening in May 2016 and traveling nationally, will explore. Through art, a symposium, public dialogues, films and performances, the exhibition will follow Mabel Dodge Luhan’s journey to Taos, explore how her influence as “a real creator of creators” changed the face of Modernism in the United States, and brought the art, culture and plight of the Pueblos of New Mexico to worldwide attention.

Mabel’s transformation to a modernist patron began in a loveless home in the Gilded Age of Buffalo, New York. As a young girl, Mabel was fascinated by the large granite statue of Seneca Chief Red Jacket at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in her hometown. That statue inspired her on a path that would eventually lead her to both marry Taos Pueblo Native, Tony Lujan, to become the modernist matron of the Southwest, and to promote Native American Pueblo, and Hispano art and culture nationwide. – See more at: Globe Newswire.