the harwood collection: work by women
Harwood Museum of Art, February 10 – May 13, 2018
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The artists in The Harwood Collection: Work by Women are pioneers. They are stewards of the living
legacy of Taos arts, described by Harwood Museum director Richard Tobin as “a complex narrative shaped over centuries by the confluence of Native American, Hispano and Anglo cultures against the towering landscape of Taos.”
Artwork by over 80 women, many rarely shown, celebrate all women who share a maverick desire to express their personal visions in Taos. While Taos offers the freedom for women artists to mind their own spaces, their journey has too often been clouded by cultural, economic and social encumbrances. The Museum’s goal with this exhibition is to spark dialogue and renewed appreciation for working women artists – from Catharine Critcher, the only female to be invited into Taos Society of Artists, to Erin Currier, social commentator in the #MeToo era.
I don’t recall how or where I first met Erin Currier, but I’ve been looking at her work since her first show in Taos at the old South Side Bean. Erin Currier’s critically acclaimed traveling show, La Frontera opens at the Harwood Museum of Art on February 10th, in conjunction with Work by Women.
The Harwood Museum show, Work by Women, would not be complete without the inclusion of one Taosena in particular. Graphite drawings so classical and intricate, it was hard to believe they were made by a modern hand. Learn about the highly accomplished Taos artist; Maye Torres, and why locals call her a “national treasure”.
Zoe Zimmerman is another amazing addition to the Work By Women show a the Harwood Museum. Living in her art, her camera almost never leaves her side. From studio skills to out door in the moment shots, Zimmerman captivates her audience with her photos. Her singular vision spots things that most miss, creating spectacular art.
Navajo Native Jolene Yazzie is an unstoppable force. Her art was featured in the prestigious Comic Art Indigene at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D. C. Deeply feminist in her sensibilities, Yazzie’s path continues to be lit by the Women Warriors of her artwork as shown in the Harwood Museum.
Anita Rodriguez was born and raised here in Taos. An accomplished painter and award-winning writer, she had a head start in the Arts, having had a mother who was an incredibly talented water colorist, who in fact came to Taos to paint.