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!
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.
1504 Millicent Rogers Rd
El Prado, NM
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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.