The New Mexico Museum of Art to host a year-long cycle of alcove exhibitions
Alcove Shows 12.0 to highlight artwork being made in New Mexico right now
When this museum was established in 1917 the building was designed and built in a style to celebrate the historic qualities of the state. The institution itself was created to exhibit artwork contemporary to the time. Many of the artworks and artists who exhibited at that time now form the historic core of our permanent collection.
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of New Mexico’s statehood, and in anticipation of the New Mexico Museum of Art’s centennial, we are presenting a year-long cycle of alcove exhibitions. The format of these Alcove Shows can be traced back to the 1917 founding of the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. Small one-person exhibitions were held in the gallery alcoves through the 1950s, resuming in the mid-1980s and again in the early 1990s.
The museum is continuing this tradition with a cycle of nine exhibitions that will include forty-five artists from across the state. Five artists will exhibit for five weeks at a time from March of 2012 through early April of 2013. These artist-centered showcases feature new ideas, artists at all stages of their careers and artwork that is being made in New Mexico right now.