The Millicent Rogers Museum

The Millicent Rogers Museum The Millicent Rogers Museum was established in 1956 as a memorial to Millicent Rogers by her son Paul Peralta-Ramos.The Millicent Rogers Museum is committed to sharing the arts and cultures of the American Southwest.
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Millicent Rogers was the grand-daughter of Henry Huttleston Rogers,one of the original founders of Standard Oil. Regognized as a style Icon Millicent also designed her own jewelry after she was stricken with Rheumatic Fever at age ten. The disease would cripple her health and eventually cause her death. Millicent Rogers was known for her beauty, famous romances and keen intellect.She was a devoted patriot during World War ll and loving mother to three sons. In the last years of her life she lived in Taos New Mexico where she found beauty and peace in the land and a deep kinship and respect for the Native American people and culture. The Millicent Rogers Museum acquires,preserves and educates the public about the Native American,Hispanic and European American people of the Southwest. Please note: November 1 - March 31 the museum is closed on Mondays.

Operating as usual

Fresh Taos PueHorno Style Bread today 11AM! 10/31/20. Mary’s bread will sell out. She confirmed that she’s been up since...
10/31/2020

Fresh Taos PueHorno Style Bread today 11AM! 10/31/20. Mary’s bread will sell out. She confirmed that she’s been up since 5 baking. Final Taos Pueblo Sale Day!

We are delighted to say Welcome Back! We hope to see you very soon!
10/27/2020

We are delighted to say Welcome Back! We hope to see you very soon!

10/24/2020
Suann Davin, Taos Pueblo Artist Fall 2020

Introducing Suann Davin, an extraordinary artist who found her way back to Taos Pueblo. Her work is a reflection of her journey in life. Enjoy this short interview.

Dominic Bau, drum maker and Lyle Weight, Silversmith and Model are here today outside representing in the portal and cou...
10/24/2020

Dominic Bau, drum maker and Lyle Weight, Silversmith and Model are here today outside representing in the portal and courtyard today while the weather permits 😃🙌

Fresh Horno Style Bread Today  11 until sold out!  Mary will also have cookies and pies 😃 Millicent Rogers Museum’ Porta...
10/24/2020

Fresh Horno Style Bread Today 11 until sold out! Mary will also have cookies and pies 😃 Millicent Rogers Museum’ Portal

10/17/2020
10/17/2020
2020 Fashion Spotlight: Patricia Michaels

Celebrity Designer, Patricia Michaels, is participating with the Taos Pueblo Artists Fall Show! Here is one of her latest videos from August 2020: 😍
https://vimeo.com/447734364

Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo is a world-renowned Fashion and Textile designer. She has her AA, Institute of American Indian Arts, 4 year independent studies…

Freash Horne Bread,Cookues and Prune Pies by Mary Romero. Right here Right Now!!! Mmm the best bread for stews, sandwich...
10/17/2020

Freash Horne Bread,Cookues and Prune Pies by Mary Romero. Right here Right Now!!! Mmm the best bread for stews, sandwiches, toast and French toast too!!!

10/17/2020
10/17/2020

Mozart Gabriel Abeyta will be streaming in soo. Thank you for your patience

10/17/2020
10/17/2020
Dominic Bau

We are pleased to introduce Dominic Bau, one of our Taos Pueblo artist participants.

10/16/2020
It’s really looking great, we still have 5 more artists to add to the webstore including Patricia Michaels, Sonny Sprruc...
10/15/2020
Taos Pueblo Artists Fall Showcase

It’s really looking great, we still have 5 more artists to add to the webstore including Patricia Michaels, Sonny Sprruce, Angie Yazzie”s family and several other artists. 🎶🎵
https://millicentrogers.org/collections/taos-pueblo-artists-fall-showcase?fbclid=IwAR2IumA1WjhzD24nkBxRV7IsLEcAkknk0XHCNEw76Y1kaEnR81vumPfS_cU

THE MILLICENT ROGERS MUSEUM, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TAOS PUEBLO TOURISM, IS PLEASED TO PRESENT THE TAOS PUEBLO ARTISTS FALL MARKET. The Virtual Show will celebrate an opening Friday October 16 at 4:30pm-7pm all from the museum’s website. Throughout the weekend, we will continue to share videos and hi...

The Millicent Rogers Museum's cover photo
10/13/2020

The Millicent Rogers Museum's cover photo

Join us this Saturday or Sunday for a FREE Virtual Gallery Talk with Michael Naranjo Saturday, October 10 @ 2PM OR Sunda...
10/06/2020

Join us this Saturday or Sunday for a FREE Virtual Gallery Talk with Michael Naranjo

Saturday, October 10 @ 2PM
OR
Sunday, October 11 @ 2PM

email [email protected] and request the meeting link.
Michael and his wife, Laurie, will be live from gallery 10, via Zoom in the MRM, discussing his work as we highlight several of Michael's sculptures currently on exhibition at the museum.

08/24/2020
Thank You for making the 2020 Summer Auction Successful!

Left to right CornBringer Michaels, Laura Wynn, Carmela Quinto, Greta Brunschwyler, Karen Chertok, Pam Cambell with Sandra Giltner on the camera. The MRM staff is most gratefulfor the support and success of the recent 2020 Summer Auction fundraiser.

08/19/2020
2020 MRM Match Support Dollar for Dollar

Greta, Executive Director, shares the Match Support Campaign which gives a dollar for every dollar that is donated to the Millicent Rogers Museum! Any amount is going to be matched by some generous Patrons. Please share what you can and it will be matched. THANK YOU!!!

The Millicent Rogers Museum's cover photo
08/12/2020

The Millicent Rogers Museum's cover photo

Register today start bidding on the 2020 Summer Auction Fundraiser for the Millicent Rogers Museum. Take a peek at the l...
08/10/2020

Register today start bidding on the 2020 Summer Auction Fundraiser for the Millicent Rogers Museum. Take a peek at the link below. Bidding begins at 6PM Monday August 10th! Don't let these lots pass you by. Items will be added until August 19th.
https://www.silentauctionpro.com/bidonlinegrid.php?groupId=1642

2020 Summer Auction, August 19-23. Save the Date and join us for this online Super Silent Auction! Select Experiences, V...
08/04/2020

2020 Summer Auction, August 19-23. Save the Date and join us for this online Super Silent Auction! Select Experiences, Vintage Jewelry, Fine Art , and Donation Options to Support The Millicent Rogers Museum.
View the Auction Lots Today and leading up to the auction, we are adding items daily https://millicentrogers.org/pages/2020-summer-auction

07/25/2020

Carmela explains the symbolism of the Native American squash blossom necklace, including the "naja."

Creating the incredible Taos Fiesta Panel...
07/11/2020

Creating the incredible Taos Fiesta Panel...

Every year, on the third weekend of July, Taos Plaza is transformed into a place that celebrates culture. A mass, fiesta...
07/11/2020

Every year, on the third weekend of July, Taos Plaza is transformed into a place that celebrates culture. A mass, fiesta queen and court, coronation, and procession open the event. Community and visiting family who live out of state fill the plaza. Elders bring folding chairs to sit, listen, eat, and visit. Music, dancing, and smells of food fill the air. There are parades on two successive days down the Paseo del Pueblo. This is Las Fiestas de Taos.

The Fiestas include celebratory traditions passed from generation to generation as a way of preserving the rich heritage and cultural way of life that has developed in Taos over the last four centuries. This inclusive culture is unique to Taos, encompassing Pueblo and Plains Indians, Mexicanos, Spanish explorers, conquistadores, French fur trappers, and American mountain men.

Las Fiestas de Taos honors two saints. The first day is dedicated to Saint James, (Spanish: Santiago), who is the patron saint of Spain. The second day is always dedicated to St. Anne, (Santa Ana) the mother of the Blessed Mother of Jesus. The celebration of their feast days in our community has been due to the special regard in which Santiago and Santa Ana are held by the Spanish.

Santiago, St. James the Apostle, by tradition is said to have brought Christianity to Spain. As the patron saint of Spain, he was also the patron saint of Spanish conquistadores and caballeros. Santa Ana, the Mother of Mary, is esteemed by many women as the perfect example of motherhood.

In 1948, several Anglo artists in Taos created a special commoration of the Taos Fiestas. This mural sized set of four panels of caricatures of Taos personalities is in the collection of the Museum (MRM#2001.005.001A,B,C,D) Gifted to the museum by Saul Harborg in the 1970s.

The panels were painted in Rebecca James' garage by Rebecca James, Dorothy Brett, Barbara Latham and Tom Benrimo (see picture below). They had been aided by Frank Waters, Taos writer, and his wife, Janey; Dorothy Benrimo, designer and silversmith; and Bob Gribbroeck, Hollywood animation cartoon artist.

2020 will mark the third time the Fiestas have been cancelled in the last 100 years. However, culture and tradition still continue. They reside within art galleries and living rooms, museums and classrooms, time-honored places of worship, and restaurants. They are embedded in the land, the adobe structures, and the hearts and minds of a resilient people. The Millicent Rogers Museum is honored to share and celebrate the traditions so important to our community.

Yarrow (white) and Rocky Mountain Penstemon
06/05/2020

Yarrow (white) and Rocky Mountain Penstemon

New Mexico Native Plants that are flowering at the Millicent Rogers Museum!
06/05/2020

New Mexico Native Plants that are flowering at the Millicent Rogers Museum!

New Mexico Native Plants that are flowering at the Millicent Rogers Museum!

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1504 Millicent Rogers Rd
El Prado, NM
87259

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Imagine yourself in Gallup, New Mexico on a warm desert evening in 1947 at the Intertribal Ceremonial, a gathering of Indian artists, dancers, drummers, and singers. In the crowd is a woman–striking, well-tailored, and blonde–and she strolls among sale displays including silver and turquoise jewelry, textiles, and drums. She stops to visit with one Native vendor, then another, all the time eyeing art forms that are completely new to her. She randomly picks up bracelets, earrings, and belts and closely examines details of stamped patterns, the inlays of coral, mother of pearl, and onyx, and the interesting shapes of dragonflies, crosses, and snakes that have been formed from silver. And then she sees a necklace of beautiful turquoise that makes her take a quick breath: 294 irregularly shaped tabs of blue and green turquoise are strung with a large pendant of the same stone. The necklace is heavy in her hands, perhaps nearly four pounds.

Why would Millicent Rogers acquire these things? You have to know, in part, a bit more about Rogers herself, and her life was not ordinary. Millicent Rogers (1902-1953) grew up in New York within privilege and wealth and she was often referred to in the press as the “Standard Oil Heiress,” since it was her grandfather, H.H. Rogers, who was the co-founder with John D. Rockefeller of the Standard Oil Trust. Rogers’ life, before Taos, includes the things one would expect, such as travel, homes, marriage, and children. But she was also distinctive for her looks and her fashionable style, which resulted in popularity with photographers, clothing designers, and fashion magazines. Apart from photographing well and having a figure for couture design, Rogers had a way of combining fashion elements with an engaging flair, which in turn caught the eye and attention of fashion devotees. So how does this answer why Rogers collected art of the Southwest? That Rogers approached fashion creatively is the key.

Her correspondence with fashion designers such as Charles James reveal aspects of her creative style. Drawing designs for bold, modern, and sometimes abstract jewelry pieces that she eventually had made (or made herself at her own bench) also display her own artistic ability. No doubt responding to beautifully designed, well-constructed, and artful pieces, Millicent Rogers, surely in part, collected jewelry, textiles, and baskets because as an artist herself she responded to and appreciated beauty that can be found in the objects of devotion, utility, and adornment that are unique to the Southwest.

Rogers came to Taos in 1947 with a heart broken by Clark Gable, and physically weakened by rheumatic fever as a child. But settling in Taos did not mean she would simply slow down.

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Does the museum store sell prints or posters of Johnathan Warm Day's Awakening painting?
good morning, do you happen to have the piece of art by Lydia Garcia on your website for sale? It is the tin piece immediately on your site
Check out the online auction, you've got until Sunday at midnight Mountain Time! there are still some great bargains left.
I tried to go to your sale......
Such talented students ....JOB WELL DONE!