When Gus came to stay
2018 marks 100 years since one of New Mexico’s most prominent 20th-century artists, Gustave Baumann (1881-1971), first arrived in Santa Fe. On Friday, Sept. 28, and Saturday, Sept. 29, the New Mexico Museum of Art and the New Mexico History Museum present “A Gathering for Gus,” a symposium on multiple aspects of the renowned printmaker’s life and works. The event includes discussions of Baumann’s prints, his paintings, and the conservation of his hand-carved marionettes, as well as the replication of Baumann’s studio — now on view at the Palace of the Governors’ Palace Press — and tours of his historic home on Camino de las Animas. In this issue, we detail three areas of Baumann’s local legacy: his whimsical house, his indelible works, and his memorable marionettes. Meet Gus, the consummate craftsman, whose art continues to enchant audiences of all ages. On the cover is Baumann’s print Morning Sun, 1938, woodblock print, courtesy Gerald Peters Gallery.