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Ali MacGraw brings Mabel Dodge Luhan film to Burchfield Penney

Ali MacGraw was a cinema icon in the late 1960s and early 1970s thanks to memorable performances in films like “Goodbye, Columbus,” “Love Story” and “The Getaway.” Today she lives in New Mexico, a place that plays an important part in the new documentary “Awakening in Taos.”

MacGraw narrates the film about arts patron Mabel Dodge Luhan, a Buffalo native and influential writer. The film will have a special Buffalo screening attended by MacGraw and the film's director/screenwriter Mark J. Gordon. Luhan lived in Taos, New Mexico, and invited guests like D.H. Lawrence and Carl Jung to visit and be inspired by its beauty.

It’s a fascinating story, and an event made even more interesting with the appearance of MacGraw.

The screening coincides with a touring exhibition of her works displayed in the Burchfield Penney through May 28.

Burchfield Penney honors Buffalo-born rebel Mabel Dodge Luhan


"Awakening in Taos"

Screens at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Burchfield Penney Art Center (1300 Elmwood Ave.).

A meet-and-greet with MacGraw and Gordon precedes the screening at 6 p.m. A panel discussion and Q-and-A follows.

Tickets are $30 general and $20 for Burchfield Penney members. Call 878-6011 or visit

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