Symposium Weekend

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West Symposium with MaLin Wilson-Powell, Lois Rudnick, Wanda Corn, Carmella Padilla, and Bill Anthes

Saturday, June 18, 2016 1:00 – 4:30 pm

Taos Community Auditorium

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Lois Rudnick: ‘A Real Creator of Creators’: How Mabel Dodge Luhan Catalyzed American Modernism

MaLin Wilson-Powell:  A New Way to See and New Things to Say

Wanda M. Corn: Making Modernism Regional: A Southwestern Story

Carmella Padilla: Anglo Appropriation of Hispano Art and Culture in New Mexico

Bill Anthes: Making an Art World in Indian Country



Reception & Book Signing at the Encore Gallery


The symposium will reveal new understandings of the germinal role that Mabel Dodge Luhan played in the development of Southwest and American Modernisms. It will bring to light the centrality of New Mexico’s multiple and mutually interactive cultures to the shaping of local, regional, and national art. And it will provide new understandings of the complex relationships among the predominant ethnic groups in Taos, particularly those that marked the patronage, production, and marketing of Pueblo and Hispano arts, which is still an active issue.

Speakers for the symposium include co-curators/essayists MaLin Wilson-Powell (former Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum) and Dr. Lois Rudnick (Professor Emerita of American Studies, UMass, Boston), pre-eminent scholar on Mabel Dodge Luhan; exhibition publication essayists, Dr. Wanda M. Corn (Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University), one of the nation’s leading scholars of American Modernism; Carmella Padilla, a freelance writer and editor who has published extensively on Hispanic arts and culture; and Dr. William Anthes (Professor of Art History at Pitzer College), an interdisciplinary scholar in art history and American Studies, who writes about art in terms of multimedia practice and intercultural exchange.

Made possible in part with support by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Charles Redd Center of Brigham Young University

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