Brief-description: Traveling show captures the tremendous influence of the Buffalo-born advocate for liberal 20th century American culture. 5/27
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About: Mabel Dodge Luhan died in 1962 leaving quite a legacy. Her influence on legions of opinion leaders around the globe, her tenacious socio-political fight for the rights of women and Taos Pueblo Native Americans, her books, her home and her spirit. Writer Spud Johnson perhaps said it best when he called her a “Southwestern institution”. A widely read columnist for the Hearst papers, she also had four husbands, lovers of both sexes, and an aversion to convention. According to the Denver Times, “Luhan was the quintessential new woman at the turn of the last century and counted among her associates the most prominent artists, writers, intellectuals and activists of her day—Margaret Sanger, Aldous Huxley, Willa Cather, Lincoln Steffens, D.H. Lawrence, Martha Graham, Leopold Stokowski and Alfred Stieglitz among them.”
The Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State announced today that opening Friday, March 10, it will host a traveling exhibition organized by the Harwood Museum of Art of the University of Mexico at Taos that focuses on the life and times of one of the early 20th century’s most significant, yet under-recognized cultural figures: Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879–1962). The exhibition will include more than 150 works of art and ephemera produced by the visual, literary, and performance artists who came to Taos at Mabel's behest. The works of Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Ansel Adams, Agnes Pelton, and Georgia O'Keeffe will be displayed in conversation with the works of Pueblo and Hispano artists who inspired their modernist sensibilities.
Co-curated by MaLin Wilson-Powell and Dr. Lois Rudnick, Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West is the first to explore the impact she had on the art, writings and activism associated with 20th-century American Modernism. Beginning in 1918, D.H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, John Marin, John Collier, Marsden Hartley, Paul Strand and Andrew
Dasburg—among scores of other European and American luminaries—were summone