June 21, 2021 Taos, New Mexico

The Harwood Museum of Art

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June 07, 2012

NY Times/ Frommer Review

With its high ceilings and broad wood floors, this museum is a lovely place to wander among New Mexico-inspired images. A cultural and community center since 1923, the museum displays paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs by Taos-area artists from 1800 to the present. Featured are paintings from the early days of the art colony by members of the Taos Society of Artists, including Oscar Berninghaus, Ernest Blumenschein, Herbert Dunton, Victor Higgins, Bert Phillips, and Walter Ufer. Also included are works by Emil Bisttram, Andrew Dasburg, Agnes Martin, Larry Bell, and Thomas Benrimo.


Upstairs are 19th-century pounded-tin pieces and retablos, religious paintings of saints that have traditionally been used for decoration and inspiration in the homes and churches of New Mexico. The permanent collection includes sculptures by Patrociño Barela, one of the leading Hispanic artists of 20th-century New Mexico. It's well worth seeing, especially his 3-foot-tall "Death Cart," a rendition of Doña Sebastiána, the bringer of death.


The museum also schedules more than eight changing exhibitions a year, many of which feature works by celebrated artists currently living in Taos.