Art: In a Glorious Light
How Taos was built on art.
"The Valley" by Kenneth Miller Adams, c. 1952.
Photo courtesy Philbrook.
How a lonesome-yet-vibrant little pueblo in New Mexico became an international art center is the story of the Taos Society of Artist. Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, opens the book on this relatively short-lived collective and its legacy on American art with the exhibit In a Glorious Light: Masterworks of the Taos Society of Artists, Sept. 6-March 16, 2014. Some accounts of the famous art colony’s beginnings state that in the 1890s, two painters en route to Mexico from Denver stopped their journey outside of Taos when a wagon wheel broke on their carriage. Others claim artists had discovered the fertile valley earlier. What is indisputable is that painters from all over were drawn to the land’s beauty, people and cultures, and they remained to paint the enchanting visions they saw. The society disbanded in 1927, but their work still stands as a uniquely American school of painting. Read more at www.philbrook.org.