This exhibition, which runs through August 10, 2008, celebrates the work of New Mexican artists Patrocinio Barela, a Taos sculptor; and Edward Gonzales, an Albuquerque painter and printmaker. Each artist blazed trails both locally and nationally, helping to dispel stereotypes of Hispanics and their art.
“Caminos Distintos: Patrocinio Barela and Edward Gonzales in New Mexico” will also highlight the works of important New Mexico artists and writers inspired by Barela’s creative legacy, including Luis Tapia, Glen Gunderson, James
“This exhibition is very important because it recognizes Hispano Nuevomexicano artists and their contributions at the local and national level,” said Center Visual Arts Director Dr. Tey Marianna. “We are so proud to organize a major exhibit acknowledging these artists and the impact they have had in the arts world.”
Barela was born around 1908 in
Gonzales was born in
This timely exhibition and generous gift marks the 75th anniversary of the Works Progress Administration, the federal programs created during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt. The various New Mexican WPA art projects were instrumental in creating, recording and maintaining cultural aspects and traditions throughout the state. Barela was an artist on the Federal Art Project from 1935 to 1943 and Edward Gonzales did a series of paintings influenced by historical photographs taken during the 1930s and 1940s.