The first exhibit for Pressing Through Time opened at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos to an enthusiastic crowd last Friday evening. With 83 prints now hanging in three galleries along with little-known calendars and books illustrated with original silkscreens, lithographs, and wood cuts displayed in cases, the show includes both old favorites and little-known works. Hats off to the remarkable Harwood staff who spent many hours touching up walls, hanging prints, cleaning glass, making and installing labels, and adjusting lights to make the galleries shine. They rose to the challenge of placing a single, long tempered glass top on the 12′ long case displaying a splendid set of six different wood blocks carved by Gustave Baumann for his color woodcut, Rain in the Mountains (1926).
In addition to prints from the Harwood’s permanent collection, the show includes forty eight other works from collectors, artist’s estates, museums and research centers. Together they provide an exciting visual treat documenting Taos prints from 1853 through 1990. Click here to see a list of the Harwood show.
Photographs don’t do the exhibit justice, but we’ve stitched together some ‘snappy-cam’ pix taken while the show was going up. Soon we’ll return to blog about prints and the artists who made them, but we just wanted to share some behind-the-scenes photos of the set-up — scenes most museum visitors don’t have a chance to see.
Tio Vivo lives!
Further enriching the print scene in Taos, the E. L. Blumenschein Home and Museum opened its exhibit of work by Helen Blumenschein and her circle. Be sure to catch this set of prints seldom seen, including Helen’s image of Tio Vivo, the vintage carousel the Lions Club has restored and sets up every year at Fiesta time.
Adding to the excitement and buzz of PTT’s launch, Robert L. Parsons Fine Art, Mission Gallery, Chimayo Trading del Norte, and 203 Fine Art also opened shows of exceptional Taos prints by Gene Kloss, R. C. Gorman, Ralph Pearson, Howard Cook, Fritz Scholder, Charles Strong, and many more artists — all worth seeing. An excited crowd of print collectors and enthusiasts walked the gallery and museum circuit in Taos last Saturday, viewing and acquiring rare graphic works that old timers don’t often see in Taos! (Lots of red dots and big smiles.)
With last weekend’s events, our goal to fill the town of Taos with examples of 150 years of remarkable printmaking is well underway. Come see the new exhibition at the Harwood Museum of Art, check out the galleries and don’t miss the next opening of Pressing Through Time (Contemporary Prints, Part 1) at the TCA on Oct. 1, 4:00 – 6:00. For still more openings to follow in the month ahead, check our website and look for our ads in the Tempo magazine in The Taos News.