Harwood Museum of Art, Taos

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The Early Harwood Foundation 1923-1935

From the beginning, the Harwoods' home was the town's only library. When the Harwoods discovered Taos had no library, they opened their extensive private collection of books to the public. By 1926, the Harwood Library was established and the community generously supported the growth of its collections. Mabel Dodge Luhan donated books from her private collection, contributed funds, and inspired other major support.

From 1924 on, much of the Harwood was given over to exhibitions. Even into the 1970s, clay pots, Native American artifacts, Hispanic textiles, Patrociño Barela's wood sculptures, 19th Century retablos, and a cannonball said to have come from the 1847 bombardment of Taos Pueblo adorned the Library, offices and hallways.

The University of New Mexico 1935-1945

In 1935, the Harwood Foundation was given to the University of New Mexico (UNM). As part of UNM, the Harwood received core support from the University and functioned as a base for University programs in Taos County. The Harwood's potential as an educational institution had interested the University as early as 1929 when it opened its Field School of Art at the Harwood, a program which continued for twenty-six years.

In 1937, UNM and the Works Projects Administration (WPA), working in cooperation to create an enhanced facility, embarked on a major expansion and renovation project of the Harwood complex. Designed by John Gaw Meem, one of the best known architects of the Southwest, the Harwood addition became one of the tallest adobe structures in northern New Mexico, and included an auditorium, stage, exhibition space, and a library facility.

The Harwood 1945-Present

After World War II, Taos and the Harwood entered a new phase to embrace new trends in American Art. The Harwood strives to fulfill its educational mission by presenting special lectures, offering docent tours, and working with local schools and community groups with a variety of special programs. We continue to expand our vision as a cultural center that presents the art of our region while also serving as an important educational asset to northern New Mexico.
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  • When I previously reviewed this museum 8 years ago, I gave them 4 stars, mainly due to its small size. Well, they’ve greatly increased their gallery space since then and my rating has gone up with it....  more »
  • This museum in no way compares to Millicent Rogers...Fechin House etc...an enormous amount of wall space wasted on non southwestern "modern" art that looks like 3rd grade art class material..wouldnt r...  more »
  • Great museum with a full spectrum of historic to contemporary art. Nice room with Agnes Martin paintings and a Donald Judd sitting arrangement.  more »
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  • Wowowow, this museum is big time impressive.
  • I didn't really get the art, but it had a decent vibe.
  • Very nice little museum to visit.
  • Some of the greats of NM art are on display here. Should be on the top of the list for visitors to Taos. Nice staff, good (small-ish) collection, interesting rotating exhibits.
  • Beautifully curated space featuring famous artists inspired by the local beauty
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