“Crossing the River” by Albert Looking Elk Martinez
Gift of Brad and Fran Taylor. Photo Courtesy of Robert L. Parsons Fine Art
A special exhibition, Looking at Taos Pueblo: Albert Martinez, Juan Mirabal and Albert Lujan, will open at the Millicent Rogers Museum on Saturday, 13 September and continues to 31 January 2015. The exhibit will feature a selection of the 42 paintings that were just donated to the museum by Brad and Fran Taylor of Michigan.
“This is a very exciting exhibition as we showcase what is the largest gift of works to the museum in more than decade,” states museum executive director Peter S. Seibert. “These three artists–Albert Martinez, Juan Mirabal and Albert Lujan–were the foremost Taos Pueblo artists to have worked in the early to mid 20th century. Looking at themis to see Taos Pueblo during all the seasons and times of day. The Taylors’ gift means that the Millicent Rogers Museum now has the largest public collection of these works by these these Pueblo painters. “
Albert Martinez (Indian name: Looking Elk) was the earliest of the three artists having begun to paint in 1917 under the tutelage of Taos Society of Artists Founder, Oscar Berninghaus. Juan Mirabal (1903-1970) was heavily influenced by modernist styles having studied with Marjorie Eaton, who lived in Taos during the 1920s and 1940s. Albert Lujan (Indian name: Weasel Arrow) was a self-trained painter who painted on the Taos Pueblo plaza for visitors. All three captured Taos Pueblo from a Native American perspective in showing the community during all hours of the day and seasons of the year.