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It’s 1923: Time Magazine hits newsstands, Warner Brothers is founded, Louis Armstrong makes his first recording and Lucy Harwood, in collaboration with several members of the Taos Society of Artists, forms the Harwood Foundation to establish the Harwood Museum of Art.
The Harwood Museum of Art has been bringing Taos arts to the world and world arts to Taos ever since.
To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this cultural hub of Northern New Mexico, the Harwood has planned a series of exhibitions, community parties and other public programs.
The museum officially kicks off the 90th anniversary, Sept. 21, with free admission to 90th Anniversary exhibitions “The Harwoods,” “Burt Harwood: Historic Photographs” and “Highlights from the Taos Municipal Schools Historic Art Collection.” Other family-friendly activities will make the community day a true anniversary celebration.
“I hear regularly from artists, teachers, students, and the community that the Harwood Museum of Art has had a profound impact on them and their families throughout the past 90 years,” Director Susan Longhenry said. “Seeing the appreciation people have for what we’re doing as we plan these world-class 90th Anniversary events makes our place in the history of American art and education so poignant and special.”
The main event, the Harwood’s Roaring 20’s Party, will be 8-11 p.m., Oct. 19 at the Rancho de Taos landmark Old Martina’s Hall.
The dance hall is perfect for flappers and their dates as they swing and jump to the great sounds of Big Swing Theory. Prizes will be given to guests in best Great Gatsby 1920s fashion.
“We are thrilled to be working with Shawna Yambire of Re-Neux, who will bring the style of the Runway Vigilantes to the Roaring 20s event,” Co-Chair Dora Dillistone said. “There will be lots of dancing, a poker tournament and period fashions as well. We’ll also have great lodging deals for everyone traveling to Taos for the big party at the Taos Inn and La Posada de Taos.”
The Harwood Museum of Art 90th Anniversary schedule:
Sept. 20 — The 90th Anniversary Exhibitions open to Members Director’s Circle/VIP preview reception and Alliance Members’ opening reception.
Sept. 21 — “The Harwoods,” “Burt Harwood: Historic Photographs” and “Highlights from the Taos Municipal Schools Historic Art Collection” open to the public. Museum admission will be free on this day of community celebration.
Sept. 28-29 — Taos Chamber Music Group concerts.
Oct. 19 — Roaring 1920s party. 8-11 p.m. at Old Martina’s Hall, 4140 State Road 68, Ranchos de Taos. Tickets: $35/$28 members.
Nov. 2 — Salon at Mabel Dodge Luhan House. This salon explores both Mabel’s connection with the Harwoods and the upcoming Mabel Dodge Luhan and Company exhibition that will be on view at the Harwood during summer 2016. mabeldodgeluhan.com.
Nov. 16 — Art on Tap fundraising event, Taos Mesa Brewery. Taosmesabrewing.com.
Dec. 7 — The 90th anniversary of the day that the Harwood Articles of Incorporation were signed. Lighting Ledoux.
Dec. 14-15 — Taos Chamber Music Group Concerts. The Chamber will perform music composed in 1923, the year the Harwood was founded. The program is entitled “Four Birthdays and an Anniversary.”