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


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Robbie Steinbach: The City and the Shadow

Mel Scully: Love, Death & Guns

The Legacy of Helene Wurlitzer: Works From the Harwood Collection

Peter Chinni: Inside/Out

Pop Chalee: Blue Flower Rooted


Robbie Steinbach: The City and the Shadow
December 7 - December 30, 2018
Gallery: Studio 238

Meet the Artist: December 7, 4 – 6pm

The Harwood Museum of art is pleased to announce the Studio 238 featured artist for December, Robbie Steinbach, with her new body of work, “The City and the Shadows.” In reaction to a recent artist residency in Venice, Italy, Steinbach shares with the Taos community a series of monoprints that offer a meditation on time, beauty, fragility, danger, and the resiliency of imagination.

In Steinbach’s statement, she explains, “It’s become a cliché to mourn for Venice in its beautiful decrepitude. But this ancient improbable city, floating on sandbars and wooden stakes, is more besieged than at any time in its history. Climate change is causing rising seas, and each day cruise ship behemoths disgorge thousands of tourists onto the canals and into the campos.”

In the 1850’s, John Ruskin wrote Stones of Venice, his three-volume meditation on art and architecture. His love for the city shone forth in his discursive prose and delicate drawings. He described it as “a ghost upon the sands of the sea…so quiet, so bereft of all but her loveliness, that we might well doubt, as we watch her faint reflection in the mirages of the lagoon, which was the City and which the Shadow.”

Steinbach’s residency and her exploration of the city in the 21st century reveals a different love of this evocative place, a place, as she shares “with water running through its veins. Over the years I have spent months wandering its labyrinth. But it is difficult, in these perilous times, not to also see Venice as a microcosm of our human greed, our fears for the future, our longings for loveliness.” Incorporating Ruskin’s drawings and text, as well as her own photo-based monoprints, Steinbach presents a contemporary visual dictionary of the city of Venice, a surreal pattern language of a city overcrowded and sinking. Her ochre prints delicately tease the viewer into a nostalgic gaze, while images of graffiti, the impact of tourism and climate change fill the multi-panel display.

Robbie Steinbach is a printmaker, photographer, and book artist. She has lived in Taos since 2001, and formerly taught classes in photography and women’s studies for UNM-Taos. Steinbach has had many solo shows over the years, including a one-woman show of prints and artist books at the Millicent Rogers Museum in 2008. She has been granted three artist residencies in Venice, Italy, under the auspices of the Emily Harvey Foundation. Her printmaking and photography have investigated such diverse subjects as roller derby women in Taos, the colorful denizens of Caffe Tazza, phrenology, feminism, geometric abstraction in Spain and Morocco, and the effects of massive tourism on Venice. Steinbach has published several photographic books, including those profiling creative women in Iowa and in Taos, NM.

A Meet the Artist event is scheduled for December 7, 4 – 6pm and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Harwood Museum of Art at 575.758.9826 x 109 or go to harwoodmuseum.org.

Studio 238 is a pop-up gallery exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art offering contemporary local artists an opportunity to show their work. These rotating one-month exhibitions provide a space for new series of works, experimental or traditional, to both established and emerging local artists.

The Legacy of Helene Wurlitzer: Works From the Harwood Collection
November 3, 2018 - May 5, 2019
Galleries: George E. Foster, Jr. Gallery of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, Ellis-Clark Taos Moderns Gallery, and Mandelman-Ribak Gallery

Opening: Saturday, November 3rd, Reception: 3-5 pm

Established in 1954, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico is the oldest artist residency program west of the Mississippi. For over sixty years, the program has brought hundreds of visual artists, writers and composers to Taos. Many have left an imprint on Taos. The Harwood honors The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico with a Fall 2018 exhibition in the Mandelman-Ribak Gallery. The exhibition shares the stories of many of the resident artists who have left their mark on Taos, with a focus on the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation alumni with works in the Harwood’s permanent collection.

Through grants to painters, poets, sculptors, writers, playwrights, screenwriters, composers, photographers and filmmakers, of national and international origin, many resident artists fell in love with Taos and remained in the area after their residency had ended. Since the 1950’s with the first grantee, Agnes Martin, the number of artists who have been introduced to Taos by The Wurlitzer has grown, with contributions by Takayama, Stroh, and Dasburg to name just a few.

Peter Chinni: Inside/Out
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Sunday, January 13, 2019
Gallery: Peter & Madeleine Martin Gallery

Opening: Saturday, November 3rd, Reception: 3-5 pm

The son of Italian Immigrants, Peter Chinni was born in 1928. His artistic journey began at the Art Students League, followed by studies in Rome at the Accademia di Belle Arti and with cubist sculptor Roberto Melli. After military service in post-war Germany, Chinni returned to Manhattan but soon left for Rome where he spent the next 20 years and was introduced to sculpture in 1957 by artist Jim Wines. In 1974 he moved back to NYC and in 2004 found his home in Taos.

What stands out in Chinni’s art is his ability to convey the vital force of objects through an expressive formalism, and at the same time infuse his most elegant abstractions with an organic energy.

Chinni’s work is in major public collections such as the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum, the National Gallery of Art, the Whitney Museum, the Denver Museum, the Nelson Rockefeller Estate Gardens, and Amon Carter Museum of Western Art.

Pop Chalee: Blue Flower Rooted
Saturday, November 3, 2018 - Sunday, January 13, 2019
Gallery: Caroline Lee and Bob Ellis Gallery

Opening: Saturday, November 3rd, Reception: 3-5 pm

Known for her dream-like and idyllic imagery Pop Chalee’s (Blue Flower) work quickly caught the attention of the art world and she became one of the most successful and sought after artists of her time. The Harwood Museum of Art is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, Blue Flower Rooted. With the recent acquisition of archival materials from Jack Hopkins and family, the Harwood celebrates and shares her legacy with the Taos Community. This exhibition will highlight photos and stories from this celebrated and local artist as well as several works of art on loan to the Museum.

Born in Utah in 1906, Pop Chalee lived a life on the move. With her father based in Taos, she continued throughout her life to relocate between Utah and New Mexico. She became a student of Dorothy Dunn at the Santa Fe Indian School later in her life, giving an authentic perspective on the growing Native American art scene, making many appearances around the country educating ‘white’ America about Indian life.

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