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Peter Hurd: from the Wyeths to the West

March 25, 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Presented by Christian Waguespack
Curator of 20th Century Art, New Mexico Museum of Art

Online delivery through Zoom. Zoom connection information will be sent to registrants one day prior to the event.

Peter Hurd (1904-1984) was arguably the most prominent painter to come out of Southern New Mexico during the 20th century. Born in Roswell, Hurd studied with N.C. Wyeth in Chadd’s Ford, Pennsylvania before returning to the Southwest and setting up his own studio at his ranch in San Particio, NM. There he made a career painting the people and the land he loved.

This talk will explore Hurd’s development as an artist, examining his time as a student of N.C. Wyeth, his relationship with Henreitte Wyeth and their mutual careers in New Mexico. It will explore his medium of choice, tempera, and the distinctive way the painted the desert and people around San Patricio making a name for himself as a nationally renowned painter of the West.

About the Presenter

Christian Waguespack has served as Curator of 20th Century Art at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe since 2017, where he has organized over a dozen exhibitions and conducts research on the Museum’s collection focusing on modern art and art of the American Southwest.

Before coming to the New Mexico Museum of Art he worked curating exhibitions for the University of New Mexico Art Museum and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, and the Center for Creative Photography and Phoenix Art Museum in Arizona. He interned here at the Tucson Museum of Art! Christian holds Bachelors for Fine arts and Master’s degrees in Art History with a minor in Arts Administration and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies form the University of New Mexico, and is currently a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Arizona focusing on 20th century American Art.


March 25, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
140 North Main Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States