Touring NM: Farmington Hosts Best Art Show of this Young Century...That's Right, Farmington.

The four corners area is loaded with features that bring lots of visitors, everything from the best fishing in the west, to spectacular scenery, to thousand-year-old ruins.  However, left out of items in the “Must See” category has been the town in the middle of all this:  Farmington.  But no more...for the Farmington Museum, in one brilliant move, has temporarily captured a prize of inestimable worth and beauty.

The Farmington Museum has snagged a 73 piece collection of 20th century masterworks on loan from the Guild Hall Museum in Long Island, New York.  Let me list just a few of the artists included in the exhibition:  Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Elaine & Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauchenberg and Henri Cartier-Bresson.  But go soon, for the collection will be on display only until September 21st.

It took five years, a lot of community support and the persistence of Museum  Director Bart Wilsey to bring this spectacular show to town.

I don’t think I understood the first thing about Andy Warhol until I stood in front of his large screenprint entitled “Marilyn Monroe”.  Also, Elaine de Kooning’s “Bacchus #63” just stopped me in my tracks, with its somewhat shadowy figures writhing somewhere beneath the surface of the canvas.  It is interesting to note that Elaine de Kooning was working on the only life portrait of President John F. Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas.

Check for pictures and a complete list of artists.  The museum is open from 8:00 to 5:00 Monday through Saturday.  It is closed Sundays.  In addition, there are concerts on the beautiful terrace behind the museum every Saturday night from 6:00 to 7:30.

There are other things to do in Farmington besides the museum.  Bring your bikes, for there is an easy and scenic trail that follows the Animas River through the city.  The downtown area is a pleasant stroll where The Three Rivers Eating House & Brewery is an option for lunch or dinner.

There are 82 restaurants in Farmington, most of them homegrown. To give you an idea of their quality, Tripadvisor ranks 21 of them higher than Olive Garden.

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Comment by Adelita on September 10, 2013 at 12:36pm

This is great! Gonna try to go!

Comment by Izquierdo on September 11, 2013 at 8:20am

Farmington and San Juan County have a lot going for them, including a New Mexico rarity, two rivers, the San Juan and the Animas. But the traffic along its roads leading to Shiprock and Bloomfield. Horrid. The speed limits are slow and change from block to block. Traffic tickets may be a primary source of income after such things as tourism and oil. No doubt about the fishing.

Comment by Johnny_Mango on September 11, 2013 at 4:09pm

Maybe so, Izquierdo!  Didn't see anybody being stopped, but sure a lot of traffic and roadside business driveways.  And don't forget that other river, the La Plata.  Hence the Three Rivers Brewery.  Pretty amazing.

Comment by Johnny_Mango on September 11, 2013 at 6:42pm


If you are heading in the direction that it is not really a "screenprint" all I can say is that I'm not an expert on that subject.  However, the information supplied by the Guild Hall Museum called it that and I am not going to argue with them.  :-)

If your comment is heading in another direction, I'm lost.  As always.  Jon

Comment by Johnny_Mango on September 11, 2013 at 10:00pm

Thanks T-Bone.  I can see it.


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