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Unveiling the Southwest Lodge Gallery

Eanger Irving Couse, The Call. c. 1912, Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 × 36 5/8 in. Rockwell Foundation Purchase.  78.24 F.

Eanger Irving Couse, The Call. c. 1912, Oil on canvas, 30 1/2 × 36 5/8 in. Rockwell Foundation Purchase. 78.24 F.

Summer is finally here. Celebrate with the warm colors of the American Southwest.  The Rockwell Museum is proud to announce the opening of the Southwest Lodge Gallery – a gallery space dedicated to the works of the Taos School of Artists, the Santa Fe School, and the native Pueblo artists of this dynamic region. 

The exhibit includes about 70 pieces of pottery and about 20 paintings and works on paper by legendary artists such as E.M. Hennings, Walter Ufer, E.I. Couse, W. Herbert Dunton, Joseph H. Sharp, Oscar Berninghaus, Gene Kloss, Gustave Baumann, and Ernest L. Blumenschein.  The inspiration for this new gallery came from the generous loan of the Nancy and Alan Cameros Collection of Southwestern Pottery.  The pottery exhibit, On Fire!, features work by the most talented American Indian artists of today and will be on view at The Rockwell through spring 2016. 

“The Southwest Lodge Gallery is just the first of several exciting projects we have planned as we approach our 40- year anniversary in 2016,” says Kirsty Buchanan, Curator of Collections at The Rockwell.  

In anticipation of the upcoming 40th Anniversary, The Rockwell has planned a celebratory year of re-envisioned permanent installations, nationally recognized special exhibits, and newly inspired gallery spaces for 2016.  The reinterpretation of the permanent galleries at The Rockwell Museum stems from the expansion of our mission statement – Art about the American Experience – in an effort to contextualize the core collection of American and Western art. 

“All the works in the exhibit hold a significant place in western art history, making them an important component of the larger American story,” Buchanan adds.

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