Treasures From Vault Exhibit Opens at Millicent Rogers Museum

Picture of Millicent Rogers with museum exhibits. Courtesy photo

MRM News:

The Millicent Rogers Museum, located in Taos, announces the Nov 18 opening of Treasures from the Vault. This exhibit of rarely or never-before-seen objects from the permanent collections of the museum will be open through Jan. 26, 2014. 

“We are thrilled to be able to exhibit these objects that visitors may never have seen from our collections,” Museum Executive Director Peter S. Seibert said. “With more than 7,000 objects in our collection, the Millicent Rogers Museum collection is truly a showcase of the arts and cultures of the Southwest.”

The exhibition is open to the public during normal museum hours (Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Admission is free to Taos County residents (with ID) and $10 for all others.

Assembled for this exhibition are a number of unique objects:

  • A rare Apache man’s hat that was made in the early 20th century that features an elaborately hand painted brim and crown. Newly acquired by the museum in spring of 2013.
  • A carved Bulto of Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe by the famed 19th century Santero Antonio Molleno whose work is found in chapels around Taos – newly acquired by the museum in October of 2013.
  • A very rare (perhaps one of only 20) New Mexican religious painting done on buffalo hide and dating from the 17th or 18th century. Such paintings are thought by scholars to have been done by early missionaries as instructional tools – acquired by the museum in the 1970s.    
  • A beaded Ute woman’s dress dating from the early 1900s. The completely beaded yoke on this dress marks it as one of the true masterpieces of Native American beadwork – acquired by the museum in the 1950s.

Other treasures from the vault include church vestments owned by Padre Martinez of Ranchos de Taos, Mexican tin ex voto paintings and early Navajo drawings.