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“Versatile, well-run museum and music space” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Harwood Museum of Art

Harwood Museum of Art
Ranked #16 of 93 things to do in Taos
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Owner description: Formed in 1923 by Lucy Harwood and several members of the Taos Society of Artists, the Harwood Museum of Art is the second oldest museum in New Mexico. The museum has been affiliated with the University of New Mexico since 1935, and it now boasts the internationally acclaimed Agnes Martin Gallery, galleries exhibiting highlights from the museum's collection of work by the Taos Society of Artists, Taos Moderns, Hispanic Traditions, and contemporary artists working in Taos, and changing exhibitions fulfilling the Harwood's vision to "Bring Taos Arts to the World and World Arts to Taos."
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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“Versatile, well-run museum and music space”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2012

The Harwood holds historic and contemporary Anglo and Hispanic art and has recently built a beautiful small auditorium for musical performances. The Taos Chamber Music group hosts visiting musicians and puts on fine presentations.

Visited December 2011
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HarwoodMuseum, Director at Harwood Museum of Art, responded to this review, 5 February 2012
Thanks very much for your comments. We're very proud that the Taos Chamber Music Group has served as resident chamber music group at the Harwood Museum of Art for over a decade. It's a world-class group, and we're very happy that - with the new Arthur Bell Auditorium - they have a beautiful space in which to perform.
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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“A wonderful introduction the the cities artistic roots.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2012

This museum is a wonderful tribute to the founders of the art community in Taos. Photographs of the students from the Black Mountain Institute of North Carolina and some of their art are highlighted .

Visited January 2012
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HarwoodMuseum, Director at Harwood Museum of Art, responded to this review, 5 February 2012
Thanks so much for your comments. Indeed, Taos Society of Artists members Victor Higgins and Bert Phillips were among the founders of the Harwood in 1923. Their spirit very much pervades the Harwood today.
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san francisco
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“An exceptional museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

A trip to Taos is not complete without a visit to this museum. The collection is diverse and presents the early Taos art scene as well as more current works (Rauschenberg). Don't miss the video of the Black Mountain influence on the region.

Visited December 2011
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HarwoodMuseum, Director at Harwood Museum of Art, responded to this review, 5 February 2012
We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit. The Harwood's roots are entwined with those of the Taos Society of Artists, and we're proud to celebrate both the past the present art colony of Taos.
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Chimayo, New Mexico
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“A special "open house" at the museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2011

My fiance and I were in Taos to be married. This coincided with the "Lighting of Ledoux Street," an annual event before Christmas with hundreds of farolitos/luminarias along the block, warm campfires outside the galleries and museums, hot cider, homemade cookies, coffee, and spiced wine. The Harwood had great cookies and Santa was there! Also, special discounts for the evening in their small but charming gift shop. The museum has great paintings and sculpture, much by local Taos artists, and is well-worth a visit.

Visited December 2011
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HarwoodMuseum, Director at Harwood Museum of Art, responded to this review, 5 February 2012
Congratulations on your wedding! We're honored to have played a role in your very special celebration - Lighting Ledoux is a highlight of the year for us. Come back to celebrate your first anniversary!
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“Agnes Martin pilgrimage”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2011

The Agnes Martin Gallery alone is worth a pilgrimage. I recommend staying in the gallery for a long time, watching, thinking, imagining.

Visited October 2011
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HarwoodMuseum, Director at Harwood Museum of Art, responded to this review, 2 December 2011
Thanks so much for your comment. Indeed, many people find the Agnes Martin Gallery to be a meditative space. We welcome visitors to spend as much time as they like experiencing that very special gallery.
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