It’s About Time traces art in the American Southwest from the earliest Clovis culture to the present. The exhibition and related publication include Native American, Hispanic and European American art. It’s About Time emphasizes the prime objects of artistic change as part of the centennial celebration of New Mexico statehood.
The exhibition begins with the changing nature of New Mexico art and includes Paleo Indian, Ancestral Pueblo, and Native and Hispanic art during the Spanish Colonial period. The chronology continues with art from the American colonial, early statehood, and post-World War II periods. The contemporary works in the final section look to the past but envision the future.
Viewers will note the interactions and artistic fusions that have occurred across ethnic divides over vast periods of time.
Well-known artists in the exhibition include T.C. Cannon, Judy Chicago, E. Irving Couse, Robert Henri, Marsden Hartey, Luis Jimenez, Raymond Jonson, Agnes Martin, Maria and Julian Martinez, Bruce Nauman, Georgia O’Keeffe, Patrick Oliphant, Agnes Pelton, Florence Miller Pierce, Diego Romero, and Luis Tapia.
A 300 page publication, with the same title, includes 240 full color reproductions will be published in Spring, 2012.