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Female Artists and the Museum: Visibility, Iconography, and Legacy

by Lauren Tresp
New Mexico enjoys—or sometimes suffers from—a number of artworld stereotypes and iconic images. This is a good thing, as it draws many people to this very special, out-of-the way place. But images of western landscapes and traditional Native American pottery looms so large in popular consciousness, that the whole other-world of contemporary artists working in Santa Fe, and the Southwest in general, can be overshadowed or obscured completely. This is not at all to diminish the value of these more traditional arts, but only to say that Santa Fe, as is generally true of communities in th... [more]
Posted by Lauren Tresp on 10/1/15
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New Mexico Desert

Photography is, for the most part, a document of a very specific moment as it evolved in front of the artist’s camera. Both landscape and photography share an intimate relationship with memory. Photographs of the landscape have an uncanny ability to create and reinforce memory and because of this unique capacity cannot help but to express time. Michael P. Berman, David Taylor and Connie Samaras have all lived and worked in New Mexico and their photographs in this exhibit concentrate on the landscape in and surrounding Southern New Mexico. Their diversity of approach results in three unique a... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 12/17/11
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Cut-Glass by LaMonte

The exhibition Kimono juxtaposes Karen LaMonte’s life-sized cast-glass sculpture of a kimono with figurative Japanese woodblock prints that picture, most typically, courtesans or kabuki actors. These prints of Japan’s leisure activities and pleasure districts are referred to as the Floating World (ukiyo-e), in the 17th century a celebration of the ephemeral pleasures of the world. They set the tone and scene for the historic moment in Japan, as well as for the LaMonte sculpture. Karen LaMonte is internationally recognized for her large scale cast-glass dresses and drapery studies. Original... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/17/11
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Gustave Baumann's Woodcuts

Gustave Baumann lived in Santa Fe until his death in 1971. Many of Baumann’s most popular prints depict the Southwestern landscape and regional traditions of his beloved New Mexico. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century there was a renewed interest in the craft of traditional European printmaking and in the color woodcut prints coming from Japan. Many of Baumann’s prints include asymmetrical compositions, bright colors, curving lines, and patterned surfaces that appear to be influenced by the Japanisme that was in vogue when he was a student. While familiar and exhibiting w... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/8/12
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Earth Now

Almost since its invention, photography has played an important role in shaping how we understand the American landscape.  This exhibition of nearly one hundred photographs opens with a small suite of prints by the famous landscape photographers Ansel Adams and Eliot Porter, examining how they used their works of art in the service of environmental causes. The example they set provoked a range of strong responses by younger photographers, especially in the context of a growing environmental movement, as illustrated in the show with images by Robert Adams, Robert Glenn Ketchu... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 4/3/11
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Contemporary Collection

Case Studies from the Bureau of Contemporary Art will present a number of thematic points of entry into the New Mexico Museum of Art’s contemporary collection. A selections show that includes ceramics, paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture and video, Case Studies considers the disparate hubs of war, figuration, seriality, materiality, and the containment of nature, among other themes, as part of the constellation of work that constitutes the contemporary collection under the fictitious guise of a Bureau of Contemporary Art. Among the 40+ artists in the exhibition are Dieter Appelt... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/16/11
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Recent Acquisitions

      New Arrivals: Works from the Collection is an exhibition of recent acquisitions to the Museum’s permanent collection. New Arrivals highlights the important role the art patron plays in developing a Museum’s collection—either through an outright donation or partnering with the Museum in a purchase. The works in New Arrivals: Works from the Collection will be on view for the first time featuring favorite New Mexico artists such as Susan Rothenberg and Gunnar Plake, among others, to the internationally recognized Francis Bacon and Roy Lichtenstein. Approximately twenty-five works will be exh... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/15/10
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Architecture in the 21st Century

      Museums in the 21st Century: Concepts, Projects, Buildings, an exhibition initiated, created, and organized by the Art Centre Basel, opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, January 29, 2010. The installation of the Museums in the 21st Century: Concepts, Projects, Buildings at the New Mexico Museum of Art will conclude the exhibition’s successful national and international tour. Museum curator Merry Scully has selected more than a dozen museum building projects from the original exhibition for inclusion in the installation in Santa Fe. The first ten years of the 21st century witnessed... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/1/10
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Man and Landscape

      Manmade: Notions of Landscape from the Lannan Collection features the work of nine artists whose work is an exploration of man and the landscape—not landscape in its most literal sense, but landscape as a construction of meanings and relationships that are always morphing, growing, decaying, and exploding. These various facets of landscape include the natural, the cultural, the social, and the political. The Lannan Foundation works related to landscape are never of the sort that is a celebration purely of a sublime or pristine nature; rather they are of the terrain inscribed with all mann... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 10/12/09
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A two artist show

      The Surreal Life sets up a dialogue between the work of two artists, Gerry Snyder and Marco Rosichelli, who share a desire to create alternative universes both familiar and strange. The Surreal Life opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on September 25, 2009. Snyder and Rosichelli present in their art extremely well known elements – Snyder’s beautifully crafted paintings with their Renaissance inspired backdrops and Rosichelli’s finely crafted playground toys. However, they juxtapose these artistic elements with surreal content, Snyder with amorphous balloon-like cartoon shapes and Rosichelli with... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/12/10
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New Mexico Legacy

Museum visitors have the opportunity to intimately experience the artwork of one of America’s greatest painters, Georgia O’Keeffe. Presenting works from the permanent collection, the Museum of Arts displays O’Keeffe’s rich blue skies and beautiful stark landscapes in the Beauregard Gallery. Georgia O’Keeffe’s Legacy in New Mexico, a permanent exhibit curated by Joseph Traugott, features gems that had been out of public view for quite some time. Born on a farm in Wisconsin, O’Keeffe lived in Virginia, Texas, and New York before settling in northern New Mexico, which she affectionately referred to as... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/15/09
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Santa Fe Legend

A long-term exhibition at the Museum of Art highlights Baumann's many talents, featuring some of his more obscure, yet beautiful, work. Gustave Baumann: A Santa Fe Legend runs indefinitely beginning September 18. 2009, in the Women’s Board Room. Born in Germany in 1881, Baumann eventually settled down in Santa Fe, taking inspiration from the New Mexican countryside for many of his woodblock prints. In 1931, he began carving his “little people”—marionettes that he toured around the state for many years. Baumann’s legacy lives on today through replicas of his loveable little people, who entertain... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 8/15/09