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Museum of Art Plans 100th Birthday Blowout

Three New Exhibits and Related Events all Year Long

Detail from Jenna Kuiper, Daggers, Stones, 2015, gelatin silver print, 24 x 40 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Museum purchase, 2016 (2016.15) ©Jenna Kuiper. Photo by Blair Clark.

Beginning November 25, celebrate 100 years of great New Mexico art with an all-day party, three new exhibits, and related events all year long.

Shifting Light: Perspectives in Photography

Shifting Light offers a twenty-first–century perspective on the museum’s long-term engagement with the popular medium of photography. Organized into the broad categories of place, identity, and creativity, the exhibition juxtaposes photographs in ways that amplify their meanings and suggest new narratives. Ansel Adams’ famous 1940 photograph Moonrise, Hernandez is paired with a 1975 landscape by Thomas Barrow from his series Cancellations, while Alfred Stieglitz’s 1918 portrait of Georgia O’Keeffe keeps company with images by Anne Noggle and Joyce Neimanas. Collectors, another integral part of the photography community, are represented by a changing selection of promised gifts that are pledged as future additions to the museum’s collection.

Using portraits and oral histories, the show introduces some of the major figures in New Mexico’s twentieth-century photography scene. Colorado-born artist Laura Gilpin, known for her Southwestern landscapes and extensive series on the Diné (Navajo) and their way of life, is seen in a portrait made at the end of her life by curator and photographer Anne Noggle. Noggle, herself an artist, was the museum’s first curator of photography and is represented in the exhibition by a portrait made by the acclaimed photographer Mariana Cook. Eminent curator, photographer, and teacher Beaumont Newhall, who moved to New Mexico in 1971, is honored with a portrait by the well-known photographer, teacher, and curator David Scheinbaum, who shared his memories about Newhall in a short audio clip.

Visitors are invited to participate in the exhibition in a variety of ways, including writing or drawing about favorite photographs, sharing ideas about community, and contemplating issues of identity. An extensive display of exhibition announcements, brochures, and publications trace the museum’s involvement with photography, which began in the early 1920s, up to the present. Also, the museum has invited a series of artists to take over the museum’s Instagram page, posting original images that can be viewed by anyone on computers, mobile devices, or on a touch-screen monitor in the gallery.

Horizons: People and Place in Twentieth- Century American Art

Drawn primarily from the New Mexico Museum of Art’s extensive collection, Horizons shows the wide and dynamic range of styles, personalities, cultures, and forms that visual creative expression took in the twentieth century. The New Mexico Museum of Art was at the center of a significant creative crossroads that spanned the twentieth century and this selection of work highlights the impact of the Museum in shaping an artistic identity for the state. Major themes will include the founding figures of the museum, Native arts, a highlight on Gustave Baumann, twentieth century art and community, furniture design in New Mexico, and a selection of work voted on by the public.

Horizons honors the museum’s role as a place where traditional and innovative arts practices from diverse cultures intersected to create something unique to the region.

Contact: Local to Global

Like the other centennial exhibitions, Contact: Local to Global highlights the engagement of artists with New Mexico, the Museum of Art with artists and collectors, and New Mexico’s engagement with the national and international arts community. Additionally the exhibition looks beyond those very literal intersections and implicates larger ideas about contact — such as our engagement with the land and environment, our communities’ alignment with one another, and more broadly the implications of contact such as the discovery of the New World, and space exploration.

Contact: Local to Global has two interrelated components — the first of which will focus on works by artists like Bruce Nauman, Agnes Martin, Frederick Hammersley, and Susan York who have lived and worked in the region, as well as artists and artworks with differing connections to New Mexico.

A second collection of more contemporary artworks directly address issues of land, location, and environment and will include the site-specific installation Pollination by indigenous collaborative Postcommodity, single-channel videos The Placeless Place by Berlin and New York based artist Ati Maier, and Yorgo Alexopoulos’s work Everything In-Between. Alexopoulos’ work, a 4K animation with custom electronics, was shot and commissioned in New Mexico underscoring the continued relevance of the centuries-old tradition of artists making work that is a meditation on the New Mexico landscape.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is open Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission $7 for New Mexico residents. $12 for non-residents, free for children 16 and under. Closed Thanksgving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Easter. Wednesdays are free for New Mexico resident seniors (60+) with ID.

Throughout its long history, the New Mexico Museum of Art has welcomed thousands of school tours and provides ways that art can support kindergarten through 12th grade curriculum.

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