State of the Art

How a “radical conservative” brought modernism to the West

Liberal-leaning artists in the PHX know how difficult it is to maintain their open-mindedness, even in the context of this ever-more-cosmopolitan burg. Imagine the challenge for painter Ernest Blumenschein, circa 1897, when the displaced Easterner tumbled into the lovely but politically savage land of Taos, New Mexico. The founder of the Taos Society of Artists and self-proclaimed “radical conservative” would spend the rest of his life fighting to bring modernism to the art (and artists) of the West. Jerry Smith, curator of Phoenix Art Museum’s “In Contemporary Rhythm” retrospective, fleshes out the tale in the free “Blumenschein and Modernism” lecture.
Tue., May 19, 7 p.m., 2009

 
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