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Published: 04/07/2009

West Southwest: ABQ-LA Exchange

Opening reception
516 ARTS and LA Artcore present a collaborative exhibition in both Albuquerque and Los Angeles, featuring 20 artists from diverse backgrounds and communities in our two western cities as well as a video program. Concurrent installations will be on view on both floors of 516 ARTS and at LA Artcore’s two locations at Union Center for the Arts and the Brewery Annex. Los Angeles artists were selected by 516 ARTS and Albuquerque artists were selected by LA Artcore. The video program, titled 788.34 after the MapQuest distance between Albuquerque and Los Angeles, is curated by Bryan Konefsky will be on view in both cities. This project is part of an effort to build an alliance among like-minded arts organizations across the country.

ABQ ARTISTS:
Lea Denise Anderson, Laura Cobb, Sally Condon, Miguel Gandert, John Garrett, Aaron Karp, Orlando Leyba, Trevor Lucero, Yoshiko Shimano and Joshua Willis.

LA ARTISTS:
Saul Alvarez, Stefano Cossu, Mark Steven Greenfield, George Kalmar, Ehja Kang, Carlo Marcucci, Ramone Muñoz, Jon Nguyen, Sinan Leong Revell and Vincent Valdez.

788.34 VIDEO ARTISTS: 
Stephen Ausherman, Laura Bouza, Karen Hipscher, Shon Kim, Patricia McInroy and Peter Rand.
Please join us for the opening reception to celebrate this inter-city arts exchange, and meet many of the visiting artists from Los Angeles. Live nuevo flamenco music by Cielo.

Special thanks to the catering sponsors for this event: CHeBa Hut, Giovanni's Pizzeria, Great Harvest Bread Co., Monica's El Portal and Sushi Gen, and flowers by In Bloom.

West Southwest: ABQ-LA Exchange will be on view until May 16, 2009.

This event coincides with the gallery reception next door at Richard Levy Gallery for Scott Peterman

UPCOMING EVENTS & PROGRAMS:
Monday, April 6, 4:15pm 
Gallery Talk: Mark Steven Greenfield & Vincent Valdez, guest artists from Los Angeles. The artists will discuss their work with educational groups and the general public. 

Thursday, April 16, 7:30pm 
Screening & Talk: 788.34, ABQ-LA video program curated by Bryan Konefsky of Basement Films. This program is part of the Experiments in Cinema V 4.2 film festival. The event opens with films by students from Albuquerque Academy, Public Academy for Performing Arts and YDI’s Mi Voz program. 

Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm 
516 WORDS poetry reading featuring Michael Datcher, a special guest from Los Angeles, and local African American poets Maisha Baton, Hakim Bellamy, Idris Goodwin, Virginia Hampton, Gary Jackson and Stephanie Willis - at Outpost Performance Space in conjunction with West Southwest: ABQ-LA Exchange.  

Wednesday, June 10, 7pm 
Laurie Anderson live at the KiMo Theatre - Burning Leaves - an intimate evening of voice, electronics and violin. Post-show reception at 516 ARTS. Presented by AMP Concerts and 516 ARTS. 

Thursday, June 11, 7:30pm
 Dome Projections + Discussions in the Planetarium with Laurie Anderson live at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History. Presented by AMP Concerts, 516 ARTS and UNM ARTS Lab. For ticket information for Laurie Anderson in Albuquerque, visit www.ampconcerts.org  

June - November, 2009 
LAND/ART, a collaboration exploring land-based art in New Mexico - Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Mountainair. www.landartnm.org 

516 ARTS is open Tue - Sat, 12-5pm 

Events are free and open to the public.  For more information, please visit www.516arts.org 
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