Founding Feminist AwardOver the years,Through the Flower has presented our Founding Feminist Award to such influential feminists as writer Lucy Lippard along with artists Harmony Hammond, May Stevens, Judy Baca and Betye Saar. Each of the women presented a lecture at one of the sites on Through the Flower’s New Mexican Women's Cultural Corridor.
New Mexico Historic Women Marker InitiativeUntil 2007 there were no New Mexico markers featuring women’s contributions to history; today there are 64 Official Scenic Markers honoring women out of more than 680 markers. The markers commemorate the varied historical contributions of these women to their communities. Together with Through the Flower’s Cultural Corridor initiative, this is a step in ensuring that women’s achievements will not be erased from New Mexico history. Click here for downloadable pdf of Historic Women Marker Initiative with listings of markers and brief text.
Through the Flower Developed the New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor to Foster the Understanding of Feminist Art in the Region
Through the Flower encourages all to discover the wealth of imagination invested in New Mexico by women of Timeless Talent. Travel the New Mexico Women’s Cultural Corridor through Belen, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Abiquiu and Taos in search of Judy Chicago, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Agnes Martin, Maria Martinez, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Millicent Rogers.
The Through the Flower Art Space is located in the historic railyard district of Belen. The space hosts a permanent historic display on the lives of Judy Chicago and her photographer husband, Donald Woodman, a rotating exhibition space, an educational center with access to a book and video library, and a gift shop.
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Through the Flower’s library of over 1,000 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.
As part of the museum's permanent collection, Judy Chicago's PowerPlay work titled Woe Man is currently on view in the "Common View" installation along with other works from the region, including but not limited to, Georgia O'Keeffe. Through the Flower gifted the Albuquerque Museum a selection of Judy Chicago’s Birth Project works made in a variety of needle and textile techniques that can be viewed by curators, scholars, and students by appointment only with advanced notice.
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 and the only art museum in the world dedicated to an internationally renowned women artist.
Seasonal one-hour tours with groups of no more than twelve people are offered by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. We encourage you to reserve your tour well in advance. The Ghost Ranch Conference Center offers short scenic tours of the nearby landscape claimed by O’Keeffe in her art.
Mabel Ganson Dodge (1879 – 1962) an adventurous heiress from Buffalo, NY, held a progressive salon for important left-wing intellectuals and activists in her Manhattan home and traveled extensively before moving to Taos in 1916. With her second husband, 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. Her four-volume autobiography details her life as a cultural activist. Now a bed and breakfast, the house is listed 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 inherited wealth and social standing to lobby successfully 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, housed in a renovated historic residence, exhibits Native American jewelry, ceramics, painting and weaving; Hispanic textiles, metalwork and sculpture; and contemporary Southwestern art.
The Martinez-Da Family of legendary San Ildefonso Pueblo potter Maria Martinez (circa 1887-1980) selected the Millicent Rogers Museum to own the major collection of work by Maria Martinez and her family. To enhance the collection acquired by the Museum in 1984, the family donated many photographs, documents, and memorabilia as well. This is the most important public collection in the United States of pottery by Maria Martinez.
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.