The Millicent Rogers Museum (Taos, NM) is pleased to announce a number of significant donations to the museum during December. These gifts to the museum will enable the museum to continue its mission of “sharing and celebrating the arts and cultures of the southwest.” Following cataloging into the permanent collection, they can be seen on exhibit in the museum.
“These gifts, all made by geneous individuals, are wonderful additions to our collection,” Museum Executive Director Peter S. Seibert said. “We have added some wonderful pieces associated with or owned by Millicent Rogers, our namesake. In addition, we were given the first Crystal pattern Navajo weaving and it is a major example of this subtle-style of weaving. The protohistoric piece of pottery supports our growing collection of very early Navajo materials in our collection. Similarly, the reredo (altar screen) by Catherine Robles-Shaw is the first altar screen in our collection by an acknowledged master santera. Finally, the gift of 19 examples of traditional Hispanic clothing starts what we hope will be a new area of collecting for the museum.”
The donations to the museum’s collection includes:
- A unique gold spike pin designed and owned by Millicent Rogers and presented to the museum by her granddaughter Isabella Kelsay of Taos.
- A portrait of Millicent Rogers painted by Dorothy Brett and donated by Jan Borenstein
- One of the largest documented “Mission-style” baskets known to exist. Mission style baskets were made from kits and patterns supplied by manufacturers during the early 1900s. They copied Southwestern designs closely although they were marketed nationwide. An anonymous gift.
- A very large (74″ x 112 1/2″) and rare Crystal pattern Navajo weaving dating from the 1930s and 1940s. Given by Alan Mandell of Los Angeles.
- A protohistoric piece of Navajo pottery dating from the 1400-1600 period with a very unusual incised decorated rim. Given by Geraldeen and Darrell Meyes.
- A contemporary reredo (altar screen) made by Catherine Robles-Shaw and presented to the museum by William Rumancik and Paul Cowan. This magnificent piece was exhibited by the museum during the one-woman show of work by Catherine Robles-Shaw earlier this year.
- A large group (19 items) of Mexican textiles from the 19th and early 20th centuries including men’s and women’s clothing as well saltillos and sarapes. All were presented by Mark Winter of Toadlena Trading Post.