Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of English Daniel Worden will discuss "Laughing Horse magazine and Modernism in New Mexico at a free lecture on Wednesday, April 25 at 2 p.m. in the Waters Room (105) in Zimmerman Library on the University of New Mexico campus.

New Mexico was central to the development of American modernism in the 1920s and 1930s, and magazine documented the distinctive form that modernism took in the state. Crucial to the arts and literary communities in Santa Fe and Taos, Laughing Horse provided a publication venue for established writers such as Mary Austin and D.H. Lawrence as well as younger writers like Lynn Riggs and Frank Waters.

The magazine also featured iconic visual images that reinforced the magazine's regionalist, yet also modernist, aesthetic. In this lecture, Worden will discuss "Laughing Horse's" unique blend of regionalism and modernism as well as the magazine's negotiation of elite aesthetics and the tourist industry.  Worden is also the author of Masculine Style: The American West and Literary Modernism.

The lecture is co-hosted by The Historical Society of New Mexico, The Office of the State Historian and the Center for Southwest Research and Special Collections as part of the 2012 History Scholars Lecture Series.