Projects: New Mexico Women's Cultural Corridor
Through the Flower developed the New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor as part of its program of fostering the understanding of feminist art.
The New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor is presented by Through the Flower, where we are dedicated to fostering the understanding of feminist art. We do this by documenting, preserving and disseminating the values expressed in the art and methods of Judy Chicago: cooperation, recognition, creativity, empathy and diversity.
Through the Flower is located in the historic railyard district of Belen. Researchers can view works drawn from Judy Chicago’s participatory art projects: The Dinner Party, Birth Project, Holocaust Project, Resolutions: A Stitch in Time, and the International Honor Quilt. Videos and DVDs about the projects and Chicago’s teaching methods may be viewed.
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Through the Flower’s library of over 1000 books by and about women and women’s achievements was presented in 1996 to the UNM/Valencia Campus Library where it is housed in its own area. Contributions to the collection are ongoing. The Collection, known as the Through the Flower Library By and About Women, has grown to more than 2,100 volumes, all accessible through inter-library loan. Contributions to the Collection are ongoing.
Judy Chicago’s Birth Project at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Visitors can make an appointment to see the largest and most representative collection of Birth Project works held by any institution. These twelve exhibition units are a gift by Through the Flower and are made available by advance arrangement.
Georgia O’Keeffe (1887–1986) is one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. She dismissed the idea that her work possessed a feminine sensibility, but women artists have found her imagery a source of both affirmation and inspiration. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum collection of over 930 O’Keeffe paintings, drawings and sculpture is the largest in the world.
Tours of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and studio in Abiquiu are conducted on a limited basis by the Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation.
Mabel Ganson Dodge (1879 – 1962), a married heiress from Buffalo, NY, held a salon for important left-wing intellectuals and activists in her Manhattan home. She went to Taos in 1916 and later married Native American Tony Luhan. They built a 22-room house as an artist colony and salon to attract visitors such as Georgia O’Keefe, D.H. Lawrence, Ansel Adams, Paul Strand, Laura Gilpin, Willa Cather, Mary Austin and Jean Toomer. Dodge Luhan’s four-volume autobiography details her life as a cultural activist. Now a bed and breakfast, the house is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Millicent Rogers (1902–1953) was the granddaughter of a wealthy industrialist. She moved to Taos in 1947 and used her social standing to lobby for the protection of Native American cultural heritage. A great beauty and talented jewelry designer, she was also an art patron and collector. The Millicent Rogers Museum, in a renovated historic residence, exhibits Native American jewelry, ceramics, painting and weaving; Hispanic textiles, metalwork and sculpture; and contemporary Southwestern art.
In 1984, the museum acquired the most important public collection in the United States of pottery by Maria Martinez. The Martinez-Da Family contributed many photographs, documents and memorabilia as well.
Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004) was born in Canada and became a US citizen in 1950. She moved to New Mexico in 1954, leaving in 1957 to establish herself as an artist in New York. In 1967, she returned to New Mexico and continued to paint her distinctive and internationally recognized minimalist canvases. The University of New Mexico Harwood Museum of Art has a gallery housing a permanent collection of seven Agnes Martin paintings.
Through the Flower thanks the following institutions and photographers for the use of their images: Donald Woodman, Through the Flower; Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; Millicent Rogers Museum; Louise Dahl-Wolf, Harper’s Bazaar; Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University; Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ and Santa Fe, NM.