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Lecture: Collectors Collect New Mexico


Come to two talks featuring New Mexico collectors in conversation with one another and artists in their collections:

Thursday, May 9, 7pm

RSVP required:
Featured speakers come from the North - Christian Mayeur & Anne Poux, directors of Mayeur Projects in Las Vegas, NM and artists team Jugnet+Clairet from Lamy, NM.

Thursday, May 23, 7pm

Featured speakers are from Albuquerque and Southern NM: RJ Bailie, Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico (CAS); Diana Gaston, Director of Tamarind Institute; Marisa Sage, Director/Curator at the University Art Museum, NMSU; and artists Nicola López and Emmi Whitehorse.


This series is in conjunction with In Our Own Backyard on view March 23 – June 1, 2019 on view at 516 ARTS. The exhibition examines contemporary art in New Mexico from the 1980s to the present, and features 18 artists. It is inspired by the collection of Ray Graham and the history of CAFE. 


CHRISTIAN MAYEUR & ANNE POUX are the directors of Mayeur Projects, a gallery and artists’ residency in Las Vegas, New Mexico. For Christian and Anne, art is both a passion and a way to open the spirit and the mind. Christian has been an art collector for 15 years. He is also a board member at Mains d’Oeuvres, an important interdisciplinary center of the arts in Paris. Anne Poux is founder and owner of ZIA’ RT, a French company focused on the development of creative synergies between France and New Mexico. Their recent acquisitions are paintings by the California artist Liz Walsh and the Colombian artist Alejandra Hernandez, a drawing by the French artist Edi Dubien, and a neon sculpture by Jugnet+Clairet.

JUGNET + CLARIET met in 1995 in New York and decided to work together in 1997. Their imaginary approach is principally fed by the landscapes and the culture of the American Southwest. Beyond an autobiographical dimension, their work explores and develops that which escapes the ordinary attention of the surrounding world, coming back to an intimate art history. Beginning with events and objects encountered during trips – deserts, dead ends, the rarity of information, discrete units, minor changes, details, intervals – their oeuvre offers a point of view that is constituted of in-betweens and peripheries.

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RJ BAILIE has been on the board of the Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico (CAS) since 1994, serving as board President from 2009 to 2018. CAS is dedicated to supporting New Mexico’s contemporary visual arts community, whose goals are to increase interest, understanding and involvement in contemporary art by encouraging collecting, sponsoring educational activities, and supporting New Mexico’s artists and art institutions. He was president of UNTITLED Fine Arts Services and retired in 2015. UNTITLED provided packing, crating, shipping, installation and storage of art for artists, galleries, collectors and museums. In 1995, he received the Edgar L. Hewett Award for Excellence from the New Mexico Association of Museums.

DIANA GASTON is the director of Tamarind Institute. Previously, she was lead curator for the Fidelity Investments Corporate
Art Collection in Boston. From 1989-1993, Gaston curated prints & photographs at the University of New Mexico Art Museum. Subsequently, she held positions as curator at the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and associate director of San Francisco Camerawork. Her early training included the museum studies program at the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. and a National Endowment for the Arts curatorial internship at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. She received both her BA (1985) and MA (1988) degrees in Art History from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, where she focused on postwar American photography and contemporary works on paper.

NICOLA LÓPEZ, an artist born in Santa Fe, lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University in New York City. Through her work, López describes and reconfigures our contemporary landscape. Her focus on describing ‘place’ stems from an interest in urban planning, architecture and anthropology, and has been fueled by time spent working and traveling in different landscapes. López has exhibited her work throughout the United States and internationally at museums including MoMA - NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City, the Denver Art Museum, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

MARISA SAGE is the Director and Head Curator of the new University Art Museum at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Her curatorial experiences have brought regional, national, and internationally recognized artists to New Mexico. She has curated over 150 exhibitions, including the NEA-supported GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection, and Off the Wall, a two- part exhibition tracing the history of Sol LeWitt’s relationship with NMSU. She received her BFA degree in photography from Syracuse University and Masters of Digital Arts at MICA. In 2006, Sage established Like the Spice Gallery, a contemporary gallery in Williamsburg, New York, which held over 65 exhibitions between 2006 and 2012. From 2008 to 2012, she served as president of the Williamsburg Gallery Association.

EMMI WHITEHORSE (Diné) is an abstract painter depicting layers of markings, lines and shapes interwoven in fields of blended color. Although deliberately apolitical, her paintings offer a metaphysical view of our connection to the land from the Navajo perspective. Her work is in public collections throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Uzbekistan, and Morocco. Lucy Lippard wrote, “Her work evokes the long vistas of the Navajo cultural and geographic journey across the unique landscape of the Dinétah, the homeland.” (essay for Whitehorse exhibition, All the Way Home, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, 2006).