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Discovering Mabel Dodge Luhan in Taos!!

June 24, 2016

On June 24th, twelve TTN members and their guests spent a delightful day in Taos visiting the Harwood Museum of Art exhibition Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West.

TTN member Karen Lievense, a Taos resident, interior designer and docent at the Harwood, gave us an entertaining and comprehensive tour of the exhibit which includes paintings by Georgia O'Keefe. She presented the different periods in Mabel's life, from Victorian Buffalo to Italy, New York and finally Taos. We also learned about her five husbands and the four-part memoir she spent a decade writing.

At the end of the tour everyone had a clearer vision of who Mabel Dodge Luhan was and why she was described as a "creator of creators" by American Modernist painter Marsden Hartley.
 
We had lunch on the plaza then toured the Mabel Dodge Luhan house. Karen explained that the list of house guests, including D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O'Keefe and Ansel Adams, reflects the tremendous impact Mabel Dodge Luhan had on 20th Century American Modernism. The house is now an historic inn and conference center.

The weather was gorgeous and cooler than Santa Fe and everyone had a lot of fun. Many, many thanks to Brigid Brahe for organizing the trip.