At the heart of this collaboration, the Albuquerque Museum' s exhibition titled Visualizing Albuquerque, curated by Joseph Traugott, will investigate the unique history and present of central New Mexico art and serve as an umbrella for institutional partners. Traugott says, “Albuquerque artists found their own artistic voice after World War II and transformed a western boom town into a thriving art center. This exhibition demonstrates how an influx of modern-minded Californians moved to Albuquerque and changed the city by unleashing the creativity of local artists. The resulting abstract works broke with traditional New Mexico scenes. By including women and their concerns, ethnic perspectives, popular culture subjects, and political content after 1980, Albuquerque artists synthesized an aesthetic that shunned commercial trends. Visualizing Albuquerque revels in the region's diverse artists and reveals how their distinctive fusions have bridged aesthetic divides and cultural rifts.”
An accompanying book, featuring essays by Traugott, will address various subjects including cycles of cultural domination, art of the region as a spiritual force, and how art acts as a healing antidote to specific challenges Albuquerqueans face.
Cathy Wright, Director of the Albuquerque Museum, states, “The Museum is honored to be hosting Joe Traugott's ground-breaking reinterpretation of the creative narrative of the city and region. We're also thrilled to act as hub helping perpetuate the Albuquerque art scene's tradition of inclusion and collaboration, linking with so many other luminary arts organizations and leaders.”+ learn more
Focusing on 21st century art in the present, From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now will showcase contemporary work by established and emerging Albuquerque area designers and architects. The exhibition will feature both built and speculative projects that vary widely in scale and demonstrate shared interests in innovation, experience, material, form and function.+ learn more
Strata is a solo exhibition of collages, works on paper, and a selection of models by internationally acclaimed architect Antoine Predock. Antoine Predock has been designing international projects since 1967 when he first established his studio here in Albuquerque, NM. His most recent project, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manotiba, opened to the public on September 19th, 2014 and has gained notable attention. Predock's numerous awards include the Rome Prize, AIA Gold Metal, and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum Lifetime Achievement Award among others.+ learn more
An inveterate poker player, Peter Walch was Director of the University Art Museum from 1985 to 2001. His ace in the hole was the growth in the museum's holdings during those years with 7,279 works entering the collections. A portion of that legacy includes pieces by Albuquerque artists on exhibit here.+ learn more
The 7th & Mountain exhibition will feature luminary local artists of all ages who have had a significant impact on and been significantly impacted by Harwood, while contributing to the larger creative dialogue in New Mexico. Harwood's annual Encompass event (March 6, 2015, 6-8pm) will feature open studios with 45 resident artists and community art making projects.+ learn more
The Bomb, curated by Augustine Romero, will serve up a panoramic overview of the last ten years of local art production in New Mexico. The Bomb, a new and explosive visual arsenal of art, embraces the transformation of materials into new works that characterize the contemporary art scene.+ learn more
MARCO!: Celebrating the Legacy of Nuestro Maestro Marco Garcia will celebrate the work of a local artist known as Marco, who sold his work at the Albuquerque flea market and the Spanish Village at the State Fair.+ learn more
Opening Reception: February 20
Raymond Jonson began his career at the University of New Mexico in 1934 but it wasn't until 1950 that he relocated from Santa Fe to Albuquerque where he mentored numerous artists, produced many of his best-known paintings, and cultivated a vibrant arts scene. This broad ranging exhibition provides a glimpse at Jonson's life and work during these pivotal years.
Closing Reception: April 3
NEST will showcase birdhouses by Albuquerque's premeire architects in a two-week exhibition. A culminating online auction ends on April 3 includes objects from the gallery exhibit in addition to birdhouses made by architects of other regions. Proceeds benefit the Audubon Society.
Coordinates includes a presentation of artworks by gallery artists working today in the middle Rio Grande Valley. This exhibition includes artworks by Thomas Barrow, Xuan Chen, Katya Crawford & Susan Frye, Jenna Kuiper, Emi Ozawa, Mary Tsiongas and more.+ learn more
The City of Albuquerque and the Bernalillo County Public Art Programs will mount a joint exhibition entitled All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art, highlighting the past 50 years of public art in the region, including an interactive, forward thinking engagement component which will seek public input and feedback on what public art should or could be in the future.+ learn more
Foodie: On Eats, Eating, and Eateries in Albuquerque will feature new lithographs created by Albuquerque artists that focus on local food and food culture.+ learn more
As a gallerist and a cardiologist who were passionate about art and how it can transform people, collectors Fay and Jonathan Abrams shaped Albuquerque's art scene through their philanthropy and their friendships. This exhibition surveys what they gave to UNM during over two decades of supporting artists.+ learn more
Visible Sound is an exhibition of contemporary visual art and sonic installations that embody how sound can be visually recorded, translated, and understood. The exhibition features artworks and related demonstrations from a select group of Southwest artists: Sasha vom Dorp (Taos, New Mexico/Los Angeles, CA), an artist who uses sound to bend light; Andrea Polli (Albuquerque, NM), an artist who works at the intersection of art, science and technology; and Alyce Santoro (Alpine, TX), a multi-media conceptual artist.+ learn more