October 4, 2015 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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The Remarkable Women of Taos

The Harwood Museum of Art's celebration of the centennial of Agnes Martin's birth is part of The Remarkable Women of Taos, the Town of Taos' 2012 creative community traveler education theme.  This year-long celebration honors Taos' outstanding historic and contemporary women and puts a focus on their passions, accomplishments, advice, and the challenges they met in life. Taken together, their stories provide a sampling of the breadth and depth of the remarkable women who call Taos home, and who have experienced the physical, and sometimes ineffable, influence of the land and of the generations who have inhabited it.

Recently actress and activist Ali MacGraw visited Taos for a dramatic reading of art patroness and salon hostess Mabel Dodge Luhan’s Edge of Taos Desert at the Harwood Museum of Art. Ali agreed to share her views on remarkable women in an interview:

I came here to get away from a whole lot of stuff that could have turned me into a person that I wouldn't have been comfortable with as I got older. I think that's true of many, in particular women, in New Mexico. I know many, many, many of them who have almost reinvented themselves, maybe not in the dramatic self-conscious way that Mabel Dodge Luhan did, but we all know that there's a bunch of stuff that has to get shucked.

The Harwood Museum of Art is proud to join the rest of the Taos community in this celebration of the "Remarkable Women of Taos."  Go to this web site for profiles of Taos' historic and contemporary remarkable women, self-guided itineraries exploring places relevant to these women, and information about programs and workshops celebrating the "Remarkable Women of Taos."

Image:  Mildred Tolbert, Untitled, Agnes Martin in her Studio, c. 1955, collection Harwood Museum of Art, courtesy Mildred Tolbert Archives