A renegade woman of the early 20th Century kind, Mabel Dodge Luhan broke with convention on a multitude of levels. Born into Industrial Age American wealth in 1879, she was a intellectual, writer and artist and life-long bohemian. Married multiple times, she was an outspoken bisexual, grand adventurer and forward-thinking feminist.
Her last marriage, to Native American Tony Luhan (a multiracial partnership virtually unheard of in 1923) took place on her 12-acre ranch in Taos, New Mexico. The home became a center for literary stars and artists alike; Georgia O’Keefe bought a home down the road, D.H. Lawrence took up residency, writing several of his later book there. Poets, authors, painters, all gathered for Mabel’s open salons and warm hospitality in her rambling adobe mansion.
Years later, the home would be taken over by the late Dennis Hopper, who would edit a film there (The Last Movie) and carry on in Mabel’s grand tradition of social rebellion and counter culture good times. Now an artist residency and hotel, this legendary creative space continues to host artists and writers from around the globe.
Mabel in New Mexico
Dennis Hopper at Mabel Dodge.