The designs of Patricia Michaels are deeply rooted in Native American culture, especially that represented by the Taos Pueblo, where she has strong ties. She was introduced to a national following when she participated in “Project Runway” in 2012 and was named first runner-up. She has since been honored at New York’s Fashion Week and by the Peabody Essex Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. Other awards have followed, including most recently, in 2023, the Governors Award from the State of New Mexico.

At the Wright, Michaels offers up examples of her stunning fashions and state-of-the-art textiles, often made from sustainable materials. She continues to draw inspiration from nature and named her company, PM Waterlily, after her Native name, vowing to keep her traditions alive through the interconnectedness of her fashions.

THE WRIGHT CONTEMPORARY

627 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, New Mexico

The Wright Contemporary is a gallery in Taos, NM, dedicated primarily to the artists of northern New Mexico.

Named for the late Ira Wright, a Santa Fe-based artist and benefactor, the gallery offers approximately eight shows per year, curated by art journalist and director Ann Landi and artist Michelle Cooke. Our debut exhibition was “Explosive Abstraction,” which closed in August of 2022.  Next on the agenda was “Taos Draws!,” a round-up of draftsmen (and women) from the area in the main galleries, followed by “New Geometries,” and “Photography in Black and White.”  In 2023, the Wright presented “Botanicals,” the work of Parisian-based installation artist Isabelle Plat, a survey of works by Tom Martinelli and Phillis Ideal, and a mini-retrospective for Ira Wright,

In The Wright Office and The Project Space, we have featured works by Zoe Zimmerman, Helen Gene Nichols, Rebecca Crowell, Desiree Manville, and Olga Brava.

Complementing the exhibitions is a roster of lectures and programs. In our first year, Gwen Chanzit, curator emerita of the Denver Art Museum, gave an illustrated lecture on the origins of abstraction, while Jason Andrew, from Artist Estate Management LLC, spoke to a full house about getting your affairs in order before you travel to that great studio in the sky (a video of this talk is available on YouTube).  An “Evening with Larry Bell,” also on YouTube, investigated the myriad aspects of the artist’s long and stellar career) and during the Taos Fall Arts Festival, Marcie Begleiter was on hand to screen her landmark documentary Eva Hesse, with a discussion about the making of the film afterward. Other speakers have included with Louis Grachos, director of SITE Santa Fe and David Chickey, publisher of Radius Books. The gallery regularly offers talks and conversations with artist exhibited on site.

Be sure to enter your email address on the Contact page of the site, so you can stay up to speed on shows and events.

The Wright Contemporary is located at 627 Paseo del Pueblo Sur in Taos, New Mexico. It’s on the main route leading to the downtown historic district, with ample parking around the gallery. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m. But we are sometimes closed for installations, so it’s always wise to call in advance.

The Wright Contemporary catalog – click to view

In this, our first catalogue, we offer a selection of the many outstanding artists whose work has filled the premises. As you will see in these pages, they range from accomplished printmakers to photographers to painters and sculptors and installation artists. Most are from northern New Mexico, but we have already started expanding our reach as far as Paris, France, with the summer 2023 installation of Isabelle Plat’s work.