Taos Art Museum Reexamines the Life and Artistry of Marjorie Eaton

  • TAOS, New Mexico
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  • April 01, 2019

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Photograph of Marjorie Eaton
Pahualita by Marjorie Eaton
Juan by Marjorie Eaton

The Taos Art Museum at Fechin House will unveil a new exhibition on April 6, 2019, ​Marjorie Eaton: A Life In Pictures.

Marjorie Eaton first arrived in Taos, NM in 1928. Eaton said, “I realized I had found my soul when I arrived in Taos.” She befriended Juan Mirabal of the Taos Pueblo who became her model, student, and dear friend. In the 1930’s she made her way to New York to paint with Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, later moving to Mexico with them where her painting style was further developed. Eaton was known as a modernist artist whose figural paintings exhibited powerful lines, strong use of color, and cubist influences. During her time in Taos and Mexico she photographed hundreds of images for painting studies. Her exquisite eye and fascination with people gave her photographs a casual yet intimate style that runs throughout her work. In 1940, Marjorie became a character actress of stage and screen, a career that lasted 40 years. Marjorie saw beauty in everything throughout her life and her eye for the visual was extraordinary.

This will be the first exhibition to focus on Marjorie Eaton’s vast portfolio of work, not only as a painter, but also as a photographer and actress. Additionally, the show will provide an unprecedented glimpse into Eaton’s personal life through never before seen letters, photographs and personal effects. The exhibition will create a special opportunity for visitors to intimately experience this pioneering female artist whose efforts from the early twentieth century and beyond continue to resonate today.

An opening reception for ​Marjorie Eaton: A Life In Pictures will be held on Saturday, April 6, 6-8 pm. The exhibition will be on view through March, 2020.

Support for ​Marjorie Eaton: Her Life In Pictures provided by the Elizabeth A. Sackler Museum Education Trust.

Visitor Information ​Beginning in April, museum hours will be 10 AM–5 PM Tuesday–Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays. Admission is free for Taos Art Museum members; $10 Adult; $9 Senior; $6 Student; and free for Taos County residents every Sunday.

The Taos Art Museum is housed in the studio and home that Nicolai Fechin, a famous Russian painter, built for his family between 1927 and 1933. The home itself is a masterpiece, blending Fechin’s artistic sensibilities with Russian design elements and Southwestern adobe construction. The museum is dedicated to the art of early twentieth century Taos.

For more information about the Taos Art Museum at Fechin House, please visit www.taosartmuseum.org or call (575) 758-2690.

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