Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

ROOM TO GROW.(The Arts)

Byline: About Art TOM COLLINS

Van Vechten-Lineberry museum has blossomed into impressive space while Harwood acquires new pieces

The Van Vechten-Lineberry Taos Art Museum opened in December 1994, and I must confess that my first and, until last week, only visit there a few months after it opened was an odd combination of over-and underwhelming.

On the "over" side is the museum's location at the main approach to Taos Pueblo, virtually at the foot of Taos Mountain and bordered to the north and east by pueblo lands.

Equally impressive are the grounds and buildings John Gaw Meem's massive Pueblo Revival studio and residence in pink stucco behind imposing pink walls set amid dramatic, towering blue spruce, pinon and ponderosa that comprise the former Ms. Duane Van Vechten's estate known as Rancho de la Mariposa.

On the underwhelming side was the museum's small collection, which, at the time, didn't seem to warrant the setting or the museum itself, a rather austere 20,000-square-foot addition to Van Vechten's original studio. A recent visit, however, has required a reassessment.

Expanded digs

Van Vechten was born in 1899 and was adopted and raised by the wealthy Van Vechten family of Chicago. …

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