Harwood Museum of Art
Taos, NM
Exhibition: In the Sliver of the Sun : Maja Ruznic
Through 09/26/2021 (more information)
Maja Ruznic
The Return, 2020
100” h x 76”l, oil on canvas.
Courtesy of the Artist and Conduit Gallery. Collection of Marguerite Steed Hoffman.
The Return, 2020
"Taos at a Glance"©
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Spring, 2018
Exhibition: CONTEMPORARY ART / TAOS 2020
Through 04/18/2021 (more information)
Brian Shields
Spring, 2018
oil graphite, gesso on canvas Framed: 65.5” x 93
Courtesy of the artist, Brian Shields

Harwood Museum of Art
238 Ledoux Street,
Taos, New Mexico 87571
ph 575.758.9826 | fx 575.758.1475

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About the museum:

The Harwood Museum of Art brings Taos arts to the world and world arts to Taos.

The mission of the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of New Mexico is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret the arts, especially those created in, inspired by, or relevant to northern New Mexico. The museum advances the University’s mission and engages diverse audiences by stimulating learning, creativity and research through exhibitions, programs and publications.

A Brief History of The Harwood Museum 1916-1922
In the early part of the 20th Century, many artists were drawn to the Taos area to pursue a new, truly American art devoid of industrial influence, inspired instead by New Mexico's landscape and light and the traditional Native American and Hispanic cultures of the region.

The Harwood Museum collection brings to the public a unique record of this artistic convergence from its beginnings to the present day. The embracing spirit of the Harwood was established by artists Burt and Elizabeth Harwood. In 1916, the Harwoods left their residence in France to move to Taos. They immediately purchased the Ledoux Street property which contained several small adobe buildings. By 1918, significant development had taken place under Burt Harwood's direction. He remodeled the buildings using many local traditional construction techniques. The Harwood complex, then called El Pueblito, was on the forefront of the Pueblo/Spanish Revival and restoration movement in New Mexico. Below, is an image of The Harwood in 1916.

The Early Harwood Foundation 1923-1935
From the beginning, the Harwoods' home was the town's only library. When the Harwoods discovered Taos had no library, they opened their extensive private collection of books to the public. By 1926, the Harwood Library was established and the community generously supported the growth of its collections. Mabel Dodge Luhan donated books from her private collection, contributed funds, and inspired other major support.

From 1924 on, much of the Harwood was given over to exhibitions. Even into the 1970s, clay pots, Native American artifacts, Hispanic textiles, Patrociño Barela's wood sculptures, 19th Century retablos, and a cannonball said to have come from the 1847 bombardment of Taos Pueblo adorned the Library, offices and hallways.

The University of New Mexico 1935-1945
In 1935, the Harwood Foundation was given to the University of New Mexico (UNM). As part of UNM, the Harwood received core support from the University and functioned as a base for University programs in Taos County. The Harwood's potential as an educational institution had interested the University as early as 1929 when it opened its Field School of Art at the Harwood, a program which continued for twenty-six years.

In 1937, UNM and the Works Projects Administration (WPA), working in cooperation to create an enhanced facility, embarked on a major expansion and renovation project of the Harwood complex. Designed by John Gaw Meem, one of the best known architects of the Southwest, the Harwood addition became one of the tallest adobe structures in northern New Mexico, and included an auditorium, stage, exhibition space, and a library facility.

The Harwood 1945-Present
After World War II, Taos and the Harwood entered a new phase to embrace new trends in American Art. The Harwood strives to fulfill its educational mission by presenting special lectures, offering docent tours, and working with local schools and community groups with a variety of special programs. We continue to expand our vision as a cultural center that presents the art of our region while also serving as an important educational asset to northern New Mexico.



In the Sliver of the Sun : Maja Ruznic
Through September 26, 2021
(more information)

Hands & Earth: Perspectives on Japanese Contemporary Ceramics
Through January 24, 2021
(more information)

LAS SANTERAS: Images of Faith and Folklore
Through Sunday, January 10, 2021
(more information)

Larry Bell: Cubic Propositions
Friday, December 13, 2019 - Sunday, April 26, 2020
(more information)

Long Environmentalism: Subhankar Banerjee
December 13, 2019 - April 26, 2020
(more information)


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