Rebecca Allan and Laura Kaminsky led a tour of the traveling exhibit Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Allan and Kaminsky commented on works by Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Rebecca (Beck) Strand, Paul Strand, and many others and discussed how this imagery influenced their research and informs what they are creating.
Like the artists whose talents were fostered by Mabel Dodge Luhan, Allan has been inspired by the landscapes of the American Southwest. Kaminsky is currently working with librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed on a chamber opera, Today It Rains, about artist Georgia O'Keeffe and her tumultuous relationship with Alfred Stieglitz—her husband, photographer, and gallerist.
This event was part of a three-day multi-media residency by composer Kaminsky and visual artist Rebecca Allan entitled, The Inspiration Between Music and Art, April 27- 29, 2017. The residency was held in conjunction with the Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West traveling exhibition, on view at the Burchfield Penney Art Center thru May 28, 2017. Writer, social activist, and arts aficionado, Mabel Dodge Luhan was renowned for her influence in building communities, supporting artists, and generating a voice for modern art forms. To pass on that spirit to emerging learners, Kaminsky and Allan’s residency was designed to forge creative exchanges between artists and students.