Reckoning with Modernism

New Work by Terrie Hancock Mangat and Shelley Horton-Trippe



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(505) 310-5284

Event Description

Terrie Mangat and Shelley Horton-Trippe met fresh out of art school in 1975. They were drawn to each other’s artwork through a love of color and texture and developed a dialogue about making art. Fast forward nearly thirty years, Terrie moves to Louis Ribak and Bea Mandelman’s home and studio, across from the Harwood Museum in Taos. Shelley and Terrie trade books on Bea and Louis, both having a love of modern art history and continue their separate studio practices.

After moving to Santa Fe in the late 1970s Horton-Trippe studied privately with painter, Jorge Fick, one of the Taos Moderns and for over a decade visited her mentor’s studio for critique and instruction. Horton-Trippe, drawing upon this wealth of inspiration, has expanded upon the modernist idiom to create a body of work that expresses a profound awareness of her creative forebears while speaking directly to contemporary life. Mangat worked in Taos on creating a visual language of pattern, texture, and materiality through her large-scale quilts and original textile designs.

Both Horton-Trippe and Mangat have exhibited nationally and internationally and have works in private, corporate, and museum collections. They are pleased to present their recent works to the local community and to engage in the region’s long-standing artistic conversation.

Now, Mangat and Horton-Trippe revisit some these modernists’ visual precepts and offer up two solo exhibitions in Bea Mandelman and Louis Ribak’s studios. The first opening is on Friday, May 17 from 4 to 8 coinciding with the Fritz Scholder reception at the Harwood Museum. FOLKyTONK will play some original tunes for a little dancing on Bea’s patio afterwards.

As Horton-Trippe explains, “I appreciate the art struggle Bea wrangled with and how she continued to paint with no compromises and little recognition. Somehow it hasn’t changed that much for serious women artists. I think Terrie and I share that struggle even today.”

Writer, Tom Collins will address some of those issues for Mandelman in a reading from his memories of interviewing Bea over tea in her studio. His reading will be at the second reception on Saturday, May 25 at 3pm.

Sonja Kravanja, Slovene translator will also read from her newest translations of Andej Medved’s poems, “The Interpreter of Dreams”. She and Horton-Trippe have also worked together for decades in their experimentation with synesthesia. She will read in front of the drawings Shelley drew while listening to her translations, also on Saturday, May 25.