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Collection Loan: Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West

From the collection of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Builders of the Desert by Walter Ufer is exhibited in Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West.  This exhibition is on view at the Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico, May 22–September 11, 2016; the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 29, 2016–January 22, 2017; and the Burchfield Penny Art Center, Buffalo, New York, March 10–May 28, 2017.

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Walter Ufer, Builders of the Desert, 1923, oil on canvas laid down on aluminum, Terra Foundation for American Art, Daniel J. Terra Collection, 1992.174

Ufer, an impassioned supporter of social justice who studied painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, first visited Taos at the urging of Chicago mayor and art patron Carter Henry Harrison Jr. In 1917 he permanently relocated to New Mexico and joined the Taos Society of Artists, a group that promoted the work of artists who depicted the region’s setting and inhabitants naturalistically.