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Local Exhibits - September 2017


Santa Fe’s New Mexico Museum of Art is currently displaying three shows that make for a rewarding visit before the museum closes for short-term renovation.

New Mexico Museum of Art
“Cady Wells: Ruminations”
Closing soon: through September 17

Cady Wells was a part of the Santa Fe art colony from the early 1930s and into 1940s. Specializing in watercolor painting, this exhibit shows a good range of his work, starting with obvious influences from John Marin and Andrew Dasburg, but moves ahead to works that show a unique expressive style, particularly as he is affected by the landscape and cultures of Northern New Mexico, and the religious devotion of the old Hispanic community.


“Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now”
Closing soon: through September 17

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see drawings from the British Museum, London, by some of the world’s greatest names in art history.  Spanning several centuries, the artists include Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, and more, up to the present day.


“Imagining New Mexico”
Closing soon: through September 17

Drawn from the permanent collection, this revolving exhibit brings out the best from the artists who have worked in New Mexico over the years, from the early days to the present.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Museum Hill
“Beads: A Universe of Meaning”
Through April 15, 2018

“Beads: A Universe of Meaning” is an exhibit of intimate scale. Featuring the history of beadwork among the indigenous peoples of North America, the show details how beads were initially imported and used as articles of exchange and artistic expression. A uniquely native art form, the exhibit displays the many uses of beads in clothing and jewelry, as well as in works of art, dating from the1850s to modern times.

Museum of International Folk Art
“Quilts of Southwest China”
Through January 21, 2018


The spectacular designs of Chinese quilts, mostly from ethnic minority communities, make for a colorful display at the Museum of International Folk Art. This exhibit represents a cooperative curatorial and research effort between American and Chinese museums, an important step for this particular tradition which has heretofore received little attention from scholars, collectors, or museums. Coming mostly from southwest China, the quilts include traditional bed coverings and household items made from patched and applique scraps, in examples showing the high degree of skill and artistry behind these functional textiles.


Millicent Rogers Museum

“Our Land: Landscapes from the Collection” and “Picturing Home: Landscapes of the Southwest”
Through January 2018

This exhibit offers visitors a chance to see a good selection of Native American paintings with some remarkable examples on display. Underlying the exhibit, we learn that Millicent Rogers’ mother, Mary B. Rogers, was an early promoter of Native American painting and her daughter’s subsequent interest in the work is not coincidental. According to the museum, Mary Rogers encouraged the modern painting style that is primarily associated with the Santa Fe Indian School.

Featured artists in this exhibition include works by Julian Martinez, Awa Tsireh, Tonita Peña, Fred Kabotie, Pop Chalee, Eva Mirabal, Geronima Cruz Montoya, and Quincy Tahoma. As the artists became recognized, their work was selected for exhibits around the country, including in Chicago and New York, and in 1953, at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Mary Rogers collected dozens of Native American paintings completed in the Santa Fe Indian School style that she later donated to the Millicent Rogers Museum upon its founding in 1956. Several of the works in the exhibit were originally from Dorothy Dunn’s personal collection. 

The Harwood Museum of Art
“The Errant Eye: Portraits in a Landscape”
Closing soon: Through September 17, 2017

Southwestern portraiture is the subject of this exhibit, though presented with a wider-than-usual scope for the definition of “portrait.” Drawn from the museum’s own collection, works in this exhibit focus on the effect of the landscape on Taos artists over the past century and their reflections of the people in that environment. The museum calls it a “fusion of sublime and humble, of high and low styles, of mainstream and local, . . . the paradox of Taos as place.”

Exhibits Nationwide - September 2017

Denver Art Museum
“The Western An Epic in Art and in Film”
Closing soon: Through September 10, 2017

This exhibit is billed as the first of its kind: one that explores depictions of the American West, from the mid-1800s to the present, through art, film, and popular culture. Featuring the works of a wide variety of artists, including paintings by perennial favorites such as Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt, the exhibit also displays works by authors, filmmakers, and historical luminaries. Presenting more than 160 works, the exhibition offers an unusually broad and varied take on the enduring myth of the American West. The Western: An Epic in Art and Film is co-organized by the Denver Art Museum and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scottsdale, Arizona
“Grand Canyon Grandeur”
Through December 31, 2017

This exhibit, on loan from the A.P. Hays Collection, includes 100 striking and historically important depictions of the Grand Canyon, long considered one of North America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders. With images dating from the 1850s to the 1950s, the show includes oil paintings, watercolors, and prints. The artists represented in the exhibit are varied and since it spans a one-hundred-year period, it offers viewers the chance to see the different approaches and stylistic trends of that time, ranging from naturalism, impressionism, and abstraction. Highlights of the collection are works by Thomas Moran, Eanger Irving Couse, Gustave Baumann, and Gunnar Widforss.


“Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection”
Opening September 16, 2017 and ongoing

Spanning some six centuries, the exhibition explores the history and stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations. Featuring more than 65 ceramic vessels, the exhibit displays both historical and contemporary masterworks, including 18 ceramics by Nampeyo of Hano, the most famous of the Hopi potters. Among the twenty-two other master potters in the exhibition are Nampeyo’s daughters and descendants. The exhibition on display represents about half of The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, which was gifted to  the museum and will be permanently featured in a new museum gallery, The Allan and Judith Cooke Gallery.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
“Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910-1950”
Through October 1, 2017

Mexico is in the spotlight at Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, "Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950," an exhibit promoted as “unprecedented for its breadth and variety.” The exhibit traces the development of modern art in Mexico and how it reflects the social, political, and cultural forces of the first half of twentieth-century Mexico. Featuring some 175 works, the exhibit includes prints, photographs, books, newspapers, easel paintings, large-scale portable murals, and mural fragments. Represented in the exhibit are both the well-known and lesser-known artists, such as Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Rufino Tamayo, and Miguel Covarrubias. Of special note are three historical murals by los tres grandes (“the three great ones”)—Orozco, Rivera, and Siqueiros—that the museum is presenting digitally and projected in the galleries.

Cleveland Museum of Art
“From Rags to Riches: American Photography in the Depression”
Through December 31, 2017

The Great Depression, a time of upheaval and tremendous hardship, witnessed the growth of documentary photography. This exhibit, pulled from the museum’s collection of early twentieth-century photography, is a showcase for works by photographers who lifted the form to new heights, such as Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans. And beyond the journalistic, documentary photography, the exhibit also includes portraiture, advertising photographs, (noting that Life magazine started in 1936—during the Depression’s worst year) and works by modernists who used photography to express a more personal vision and even abstraction. Among the modernists featured are photographs by Imogen Cunningham and Alfred Stieglitz.  

Booth Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia
“Ansel Adams: The Masterworks”
Through October 29, 2017

The Booth Museum has opened a new gallery, Picturing America, in which to showcase significant photography. To kick off the opening of this gallery, the museum has put together an exhibit: “Ansel Adams: The Masterworks.” Comprising thirty photographs from an edition that Adams created and titled, "The Museum Set," all of the images were selected, printed, and signed by the photographer, and were loaned from the personal collection of Ansel Adams’s granddaughter.


“Painting Red Rocks Country, Past and Present”
Through October 8, 2017

The Four Corners area of the American West is the feature of this exhibit. The show was inspired by paintings created by artists famous for their depictions of the red rock landscape: Maynard Dixon and Edgar A. Payne. Using these images as a starting point, the exhibit presents a variety of historical and present-day examples, including works by contemporary masters of the genre, G. Russell Case, Denise LaRue Mahlke, Ray Roberts, and Matt Read Smith.



Thirty years ago, Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert founded Zaplin Lampert Gallery. Opening the doors on June 15, 1987, they welcomed guests, friends, and family to a celebration in their gallery on Santa Fe's historical Canyon Road. But this wasn't their first partnership--not by a long shot. For those of you who don't know the extraordinary history and personal story of friendship that underlies Zaplin Lampert Gallery, we offer it here.
Beginning with their earliest recollections, Richard Lampert and the late Mark Zaplin (1952-2014) could share memories of each other. Having been born twelve days apart and growing up separated by only one block in Newton, Massachusetts, you could say they had been together from the start. 

Mark Zaplin and Richard Lampert, kindergarten class photo


As friends, a knack for salesmanship developed at an early age. What began as typical kid stuff, selling lemonade and popcorn, later became an opportunity to hone their skills by switching to other inventory, including insurance and The Great Books of the Western World.