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Mable Dodge Luhan & Company: Creating Southwest Modernism

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: Creating Southwest Modernism

Mabel Dodge Luhan—patron, muse, writer, and cultural catalyst extraordinaire—played a dominant role in shaping an American Modernism with a singular northern New Mexican flavor, one that embraced the physical and cultural landscapes and honored the cultures and traditions of Pueblos and Hispanos, to whom these Moderns looked as the basis for forging a multi-ethnic nationalism and original American art forms.

Lois Rudnick is Professor Emerita of American Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston.  She has published and lectured extensively about the artist and writer communities of New Mexico, the complex and contested issues of Anglo patronage, and American Modernism.  Her most recent book, Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West accompanied a travelling exhibition with the same title, in 2016-2017. She is currently writing a biography of Taos Pueblo artist Eva Mirabal and her family. Mirabal was the first Native American to publish a comic strip, G. I. Gertie,  which she did while serving as a WAC during World War II.

8/8/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (190)/Comments (0)/

Slim Woman: Louisa Wade Wetherill of Kayenta

"Women in the Southwest" Summer Lecture Series

Slim Woman: Louisa Wade Wetherill of Kayenta and her Navajo Friends

From 1906 to 1944, Louisa Wade Wetherill and her husband John made their home among the Navajos of the Monument Valley area. Louisa’s neighbors gave her the name Asthon Sosi, “The Slim Woman”. Their respect for her was matched by her deep respect for their traditions, beliefs, and way of life. During their decades of mutual friendship, they worked together to preserve the ancient insights they had learned from their elders. Her voluminous records provide a window into an almost-vanished, authentic approach to life that is a powerful antidote to modern artificialities. The speaker, a great-grandson of the Wetherills, will present a synopsis of Slim Woman's interesting life as illustrated by historic family photographs.

Harvey Leake has, for many years, been researching the history of his pioneering ancestors, the Wetherills, who explored the Four Corners region, discovered archaeological sites, traded with Navajo Indians, and guided visitors into the backcountry. His investigations have taken him to libraries, archives, and the homes of family elders whose recollections, photographs, and memorabilia have brought the family story to life. He curated an exhibit that is currently showing at the Edge of the Cedars Museum in Blanding entitled “On the Gleaming Way: Slim Woman and the Kayenta Navajos.” Harvey was born and raised in Prescott, Arizona and is a semi-retired electrical engineer.

8/22/2018 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (261)/Comments (0)/

Film screening: "Tribal Radio"

with filmmaker Sean Owen and the KSUT Staffers

The Center of Southwest Studies is pleased to partner with KSUT radio for a presentation of the award winning documentary "Tribal Radio" (length: 24 minutes). This short film tells the story of KSUT being one of the first Native American radio stations in the country. Q&A to follow.

9/14/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (29)/Comments (0)/

The Renaissance Palace on Main Avenue

A lecture by Judith Reynolds

The Renaissance Palace on Main Avenue, a look at the four year building boom in Durango between the great fire of 1889 and the depression of 1893, giving the town the Victorian architectural look it has.

Judith Reynolds is an arts journalist, art historian, and political cartoonist. After a career in academia, she switched to the for-profit world of newspaper journalism and eventually became arts, then managing editor of an upstate New York paper. In 1994, Reynolds and her late husband, David, moved to Durango where she began freelancing for the Durango Herald and teaching occasionally at Fort Lewis College. 

10/24/2018 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM/Author: Tapley-Booth, Julie/Number of views (88)/Comments (0)/

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