Couse-Sharp Historic Site is exhibiting select works from inaugural artist-in-residence Mark Maggiori, a series based on E. I. Couse photographs. Resurgence is on view in the Dean Porter Gallery of The Lunder Research Center. All work has been sold and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Site. The exhibition is open noon-4 Tuesday-Saturday except Nov. 25-26, Dec. 24-25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
During Mark’s 2020 residency shortly after moving to Taos, he was introduced to the Couse-Sharp Historic Site’s archives, including the 11,000 original contact prints that Couse produced in his lifetime. Inspired by this treasure trove of historic photos, largely never before seen, he began a series of portraits of Taos Pueblo models.
“I discovered the photograph collection of Couse last year while I was in residence at the Sharp studio. Right away, I felt transported in a time machine. I felt so lucky to be one of the first people to see this material that was being scanned for the first time. I couldn’t believe my eyes. Right away came this challenging idea of trying to re-paint these images in color. Every detail on these photos is unique and a testimony of the life of Taos Pueblo in the early 1900s. Living now in Taos, it is very important for me to understand the past of this area and the past of the Native Pueblos. Going through Couse material is immensely enriching to me and I hope the viewers will feel the same.”
Mark was born and raised in France. His fascination with the West was triggered by a cross-country road trip from New York to San Francisco at the age of 15. Mark studied art at the prestigious Académie Julian in Paris, where many of the Taos Society of Artists were trained, including Couse.
“It’s fitting for us to open The Lunder Research Center with this series by Mark Maggiori, who worked from original photographs taken by Irving Couse as studies for future paintings,” said Davison Packard Koenig, executive director and curator, Couse-Sharp Historic Site. “Mark’s artwork is a compelling example of why archives matter. We built an archive and research center for early Taos art so that artists, scholars, and the public can be inspired. The legacy of the Taos Society of Artists, in many ways, rests with this new generation of artists.”
Resurgence: Mark Maggiori Portraits from E.I. Couse’s Pueblo Photos
- Lunder Research Center
- Taos, NM 87571
- Couse-Sharp Historic Site
- Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday