The Navajo Gallery is 40 years old in 2008. Here’s how the first American Indian-owned gallery in America came about . . .
Gorman visited Taos for the first time in 1964. He roamed the town's plaza area and discovered on Ledoux Street the Manchester Gallery, which was located in the same building that now houses the Navajo Gallery. The owner, John Manchester offered to mount a show in the gallery the following summer. The exhibit sold out, as did others in 1966 and 1967.
When Mr. Manchester moved his gallery to the outskirts of town, Gorman decided to buy the historic Ledoux Street building. Beginning in 1968, the building served as Gorman’s home and studio as well as a gallery exhibiting R.C.’s and other artists’ work. As the gallery developed, most of the other artists dropped out because of lack of sales, and it became apparent that the gallery should be a showcase for Gorman alone.
In the early 1980s, Gorman moved out of his Ledoux Street home in favor of a larger, more lavish and private home on the north side of Taos. The gallery now fills all the rooms of the 200-hundred-plus year old house. Heroic-scaled bronzes grace the sculpture gardens and the gallery rooms are filled with oil pastel originals, lithographs, paper casts and posters from every decade of Gorman’s prolific career.
Gallery address: 104 South Plaza, Taos, NM 87571
Gallery phone: 575-758-3250
Gallery fax: 575-758-8508
Gallery hours: 10am - 5pm, Monday - Sunday
Gallery director: Bob Sahd
The gallery on an early morning in January.