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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  • Some lovely art works. Here. Especially judy Chicago whose works we have seen in several other places. Nice small venue that makes you feel at home and ya not over done.  more »
  • Had a great visit to the Harwood---it's one of the only art places I visit in Taos because of good curation, and of course the permanent Agnes Martin room with Donald Judd benches, super dreamy and is...  more »
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  • The Harwood is perfect for an afternoon. It's just large enough to have a good variety of work, but you can easily take it all in with just an hour or two visit. On Sundays they also have free admission for Taos residents!
  • I was blown away by Agnes Martin’s room. The books in the gift shop were great! It was difficult to keep myself from buying all the things.

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