“A Century of Art by Women Viewed in a Year of Truth” traces the evolution of women artists in Taos in an overdue exhibition of 80 works.
Like that of most American museums, the Harwood’s exhibition history is solidly anchored by men. But women were essential to the living legacy of Taos artists. The show features works by Catharine Critcher, the only woman to be invited into the male bastion of the Taos Society of Artists. It embraces colcha embroidery revivalist Frances Varos Graves, Rio Grande weavers and contemporary artists such as Erin Currier, art quilter Terrie Mangat and a recently donated white grid painting by the legendary Agnes Martin. The show encompasses the confluence of Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures within Taos’ staggering landscape.
The exhibition marks the first time the Harwood has highlighted works by all-female artists in its collection.