|Dawning Pollen Shorty giving an artist demonstration at the MRM|
|John Suazo at the Taos Pueblo Artists Winter Showcase|
photo courtesy of Jim Cox
Both Millicent Rogers and Paul Peralta-Ramos, her youngest son and the museum's founder, valued the art, culture, and traditions at Taos Pueblo. Since its founding in 1956, the museum has always reserved an honorary spot on our board of trustees for the Governor of the Pueblo and closes every year on September 30th so that the staff and volunteers can attend the festivities at the Pueblo's San Geronimo Day. At this year's event, our office manager Kathleen Michaels' mother told us about how she remembers Millicent visiting the Pueblo and that, afterwards, she and her friends would pretend to smoke cigarettes with rolled up leaves, put choke cherry juice on their lips for lipstick, and "walk fancy." Millicent and her son Paul were friends with many of the artists at the Pueblo, and she even had some of her friends paint the interior of her home in Taos. We have some of the original sketches for her painted vigas (exposed wooden ceiling beams) in our permanent collection, which I discussed in a previous post, and you can see lots of images of the interior of her home in this Wall Street Journal article.
Although she was renowned for her wealth and romantic escapades with famous men, such as Ian Fleming, Roald Dahl, and Clark Gable, Millicent was also a talented artist and designer. She collaborated with notable couturiers of her day, such as Charles James and Elsa Schiaparelli, to create her signature Southwest look and even designed her own jewelry. In fact, as part of our 60th anniversary celebration, we currently have a special exhibit that focuses on Millicent's life and includes both her original jewelry designs and her finished pieces.
|Millicent Rogers with Lady Dorothy Brett in Taos Plaza|
|Charles James dress form in Millicent as Visionary exhibit|
The mannequin is based on Millicent's measurements.
|Millicent's original sketches and jewelry designs in Millicent as Visionary exhibit|
A penchant for fashion and a knack for jewelry design runs in the family. Earlier this year, Millicent's granddaughter, Christina Peralta-Ramos, gave a moving lecture on her grandmother's legacy, which was featured, in part, in a recent article in Trend Magazine, and the New York Times featured an article on Millicent's great-granddaughter Sascha Peralta-Ramos' jewelry line, Mary Millicent, which includes pieces modeled after some of her great-grandmother's work. You can see her work in person at our museum store and online.
|Christina Peralta-Ramos presenting a lecture on her grandmother|
|Millicent wearing a heart-shaped brooch by Paul Flato|
|David Anderson's recreations of Millicent's jewelry designs|
|Each piece is stamped with the MRM's original logo|
|The MRM's original logo, which is evocative of the sun rising over the surrounding Sangre de Cristo mountains|
|The original entryway to the Anderson's home, now a fire exit at the museum. Millicent Rogers, Dorothy Brett, and several other friends of the Anderson family carved their initials into the floor.|