A grant of $50,000 in 2011 to support the development and organization of the exhibition Marsden Hartley in Mexico scheduled for 2016, including stipends for Research Assistants, honorarium for contributing scholars and curatorial travel. Sara Ellis-Cardona, a doctoral student at UT Dallas was one of the Research Assistants.
Since December 2011, the project has evolved from a focused investigation and analysis of the twenty mystically-inflected canvases Hartley painted in 1932-33 in Mexico and examine the entire arc of his career. The exhibition’s scope has expanded to explore the nexus between his subject matter and stylistic evolution and his persistent interrogation of belief, spirituality, and mysticism. Research assistance from The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) graduate student, Sara Ellis Cardona, has provided insight into Hartley’s experiences in Mexico and has helped with the compilation of a comprehensive bibliography of secondary sources.