As the spring weather starts getting locals and visitors out an about, so too have the arts in Taos started to blossom ...
As the spring weather starts getting locals and visitors out and about, so too have the arts in Taos started to blossom. Here's a brief rundown on what's going on. For more, be sure to check out this week's print edition of Tempo magazine inside The Taos News on sale bright an early Thursday morning.
Taos Art Insurgency show opens
The hotly anticipated “Taos Art Insurgency: The New Protagonists” exhibit takes place in three galleries on Kit Carson Road, from Saturday (April 27) through May 19. Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, David Anthony Fine Art and Greg Moon Art host this second-annual national juried show in celebration of Taos Spring Arts. The three galleries will each present around 20 of the 63 selected artworks for the show. This year there were 341 entries from 23 states to choose from. Come see works that reflect the diversity of media, style and subject matter that are currently defining visual arts in our time. The galleries are located at 109A, 119 and 132 Kit Carson Road in Taos, respectively. The concurrent receptions at all three galleries will be in conjunction with the First Saturday Art Walk, May 4, from 4-7. Please see gregmoonart.com for more information, or call (575) 770-4463 or (575) 758-7113.
Museum gets set for major fundraiser
The Millicent Rogers Museum is gearing up for its 2019 Turquoise Gala. This event is conducted each summer to raise the necessary funds to maintain and expand the museum’s exhibits and educational programs. The Turquoise Gala is also a celebration that reflects the refined tastes and style of the museum’s famous namesake. This year’s gala will be given August 3 at El Monte Sagrado Resort. The event is billed as “a fun-filled night with fabulous auction items, fine dining and dancing in a gorgeous setting.”
See the museum’s website (millicentrogers.org) to select your Turquoise Gala patron level. Last year, the gala sold out quickly, so patrons are encouraged to reserve space now. Individual tickets will be offered (if still available) at a later date and donations of any amount are greatly appreciated. For more information, call the museum at (575) 758-2462.
Coming soon: Lynda Benglis panel at the Harwood Museum
For two years, a team of art experts collaborated to create a “variable edition” of ceramic objects that used new technology and ancient materials. It began in 2014 when fine art publisher Paul Limperopulos, of Benefit Print Project in New York City, approached artist Lynda Benglis with the offer to publish a limited edition of ceramics of her artwork. He did not know at that moment the complexities he’d encounter in the process of publishing 18 Bird’s Nest wall sculptures.
Five of the edition are on exhibit at Harwood Museum of Art until May 12. In conjunction with the show, the museum is planning a panel discussion titled “Anatomy of an Art Collaboration: Benglis’s Bird’s Nests.” It will take place May 4, starting at 3 p.m. in the museum’s Arthur Bell Auditorium. The museum is located at 238 Ledoux Street in Taos.
This panel discussion will be open to the public for free with museum admission. Attendees will learn the process, which included 3D scanning, stereolithographic printing and ceramic slip casting, to turn Benglis’ paper and wire sculpture into an edition of ceramics without destroying the original artwork.
The discussion will include all Lynda Benglis’s collaborators in the Bird’s Nest edition: publisher Paul Limperopulos, ceramic artist/fabricator Hank Saxe, digital consultant Alex Sanchez and project manager Cynthia Patterson. The discussion will be moderated by Garth Clark, founder and editor of Cfile.Daily, a nonprofit online journal of contemporary ceramic art. The audience is welcome to comment and ask questions after the discussion. For more information, call (575) 758-9826 or visit harwoodmuseum.org.
Also now on view …
• Taos Community Co-op spotlights two artists for the month of April. They are Mario Archuleta from Questa, featuring jewelry; and Richard Mondragón from Ranchos de Taos, featuring copper crosses. Their work is on view daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the month of April. At the Historic Taos County Courthouse, 121 North Taos Plaza. Contact Effie Romero at the Talpa Community Center at (575) 751-1014 or email@example.com.
• An assortment of quilts made by local artists is now on view at the Taos Public Library through May 31. Artists include Violette Alby, Anonymous, Ellen Cirnigliaro, Melissa Larson, Terrie Hancock Mangat, Winter Ross and Starr. At Taos Public Library, 402 Camino de la Placita. For more information, contact Melissa Larson at Wholly Rags at (575) 751-9862.
• “Marjorie Eaton: Her Life In Pictures” is ongoing at the Taos Arts Museum at Fechin House. Marjorie Eaton first arrived in Taos in 1928 and declared: “I realized I had found my soul when I arrived in Taos.” This will be the first exhibition to focus on Marjorie Eaton’s vast portfolio of work, not only as a modernist painter, but also as a photographer and actress, as well as offering a glimpse into her personal life as never before. Admission $10; $6 members. Taos Art Museum at Fechin House is located at 227 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos.
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