Aún Aquí: Spanish Colonial Contemporary
CSHS will highlight the work of northern New Mexican contemporary artists working in the Spanish Colonial tradition; the exhibition name translates to “Still Here.” Including decorative and fine arts such as textiles, furniture, woodcarving, santos, metalwork, and painting, the exhibition will also feature historic works by J. H. Sharp and E. I. Couse. The exhibits will be installed in the 1830s Luna Chapel, Sharp’s first Taos studio. He dubbed it “the studio of the copper bell” in honor of the Spanish Colonial rough cast bronze bell (acquired at Taos Pueblo) that hangs above the entrance. All contemporary work in the exhibition will be for sale.
“Our programming has for the past half dozen years largely reflected Couse’s and Sharp’s focus on Indigenous culture. With the advent of the Lunder Research Center for the Taos Society of Artists, we are now expanding our story and programming to include the local Hispano culture and community,” explained Davison Packard Koenig, CSHS executive director and curator. “We aim for this exhibition to build bridges toward that inclusion.”
The opening celebration for this exhibition will take place June 10 2-5 pm in conjunction with a site-wide open house.