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New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America

Hard Edge Abstraction in the 20th Century

The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith & Poet in Territorial New Mexico

Only in Albuquerque

Rad Gadgets


New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America
Jan. 9 - April 17, 2016

Featuring more than 75 designers, artists, craftspersons, and collectives, "New Territories" surveys the innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborations and new directions in creative production that have been occurring throughout Latin America since 2000. The exhibition includes art, design, and craft in several distinct cities throughout Latin America, where some of the most pertinent new directions in arts and design are emerging today. The featured collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, demonstrate not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability.

The exhibition celebrates the art and design work emanating from key cities that serve as cultural hubs for some of the most pertinent new ideas about art, design, and craft, including: Caracas, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Buenos Aires, San Salvador, San Juan, Havana, Mexico City, and the state of Oaxaca.

"New Territories" is the first museum group exhibition in the United States dedicated to contemporary Latin American design and was organized by Lowery Stokes Sims at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Hard Edge Abstraction in the 20th Century
Through May 22, 2016

Unlike representational images and narrative illustration, “non-objective” abstraction emphasizes the power of pure color, scale, and form. In the 1940s and ‘50s, while doing much toward developing the idea of non-objective art, Abstract Expressionism tended to emphasize the “hand of the artist,” often featuring bold physical brush work deployed at a heroic scale. By the 1960’s, a new generation of artists responded by creating generally smaller compositions with simpler shapes in bright, unmodulated colors, almost mechanically executed. This movement came to be known as “hard edge abstraction.”

Whether she was being caustic or poignant, famously all modernist writer Gertrude Stein had to say later about her hometown was, “There is no there there.” Some viewers may have a similar feeling about this type of abstract art. However, the hard-won simplicity and elegance of these futuristic works continues to provide rewarding opportunities to transform perception and heighten our aesthetic responses. The absence of traditional pictorial illusions invites attention to more immediate perceptions and subtler sensations. Engagement with a different sort of presence is indicated; a different kind of “there.”

Works are selected from the Museum’s permanent collection of works on paper, and include prints and drawings by Josef Albers, Garo Antreasian, Paul Feeley, Frederick Hammersley, Oli Sihvonen, Deborah Remington, and Victor Vasarely, among others.

The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith & Poet in Territorial New Mexico
Dec. 19, 2015 - April 4, 2016

Higinio V. Gonzales could be described as a Renaissance man. The prolific 19th century educator, artisan, poet and musician's exquisite tinwork has languished in relative obscurity for decades. That is, until the ground-breaking research of artist and art history scholar Maurice M. Dixon, Jr. spent years examining Gonzales' various works. He discovered that the man known only as the "Valencia Red and Green Tinsmith" was one of the most well-known and prolific of New Mexico artisans.

The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico, a new exhibition opening December 19 at the Albuquerque Museum, is a tribute to both the artist and the determination of Dixon to bring his work into the light today.

Born in 1842, Gonzales had a varied career. Garrisoned as a soldier at Fort Craig, Fort Union and Fort Bascom during the Civil War, he was also a published poet, composed corridos (narrative ballads), and once worked as a teacher in a one-room adobe schoolhouse. He apparently also had quite a reputation as a ladies' man.

Dixon's research led him to discover that many tinworks ascribed to others were actually the work of Higinio Gonzales. Dixon, who has a B.F.A, and M.F.A., is an accomplished artist himself and coauthor of "New Mexican Tinwork, 1840-1940." He has illustrated the 19th-century stamps and designs Gonzales used in painstaking detail, making it easier for museums, historians and art historians throughout the country and worldwide to identify the work of this prolific tinsmith whose designs inspired New Deal-era and contemporary tin artists.

The exhibition draws from a number of museum collections, including the Millicent Rogers Museum, Heard Museum, New Mexico History Museum, University of New Mexico's Center for Southwest Research, Las Golondrinas, Museum of International Folk Art, and Albuquerque

Museum's collections, including Casa San Ysidro's Ward Alan and Shirley Jolly Minge Collection. The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico features more than 100 examples of his tinworks, illustrations, poetry that was published in newspapers and books in his time, and music documented by experts. Do not miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Higinio V. Gonzales' lifework assembled in one place.

Rad Gadgets
Extended through March 2016

Rad Gadgets is a fun look at off-the-wall vintage tools and equipment from the Museum collection, opening Saturday, February 21, 2015. The exhibit will be presented in the newly named William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery just a few weeks before the opening of the new history exhibition.

Rad Gadgets will inspire visitors to explore the Museum’s collection of antique and vintage gadgets, with an eye toward recycling. The exhibit also explores the notion of “up-cycling” – the practice of making recycled parts more environmentally responsible, and often, beautiful. Particularly trendy is the notion of using Victorian-era industrial design as inspiration for contemporary Steampunk art and fashion.

Rad Gadgets features vintage tools and equipment including recent gifts from the Hays family, Keleher family, Bob Myers, PNM Forerunners, and others. The collection ranges from simple and strange to quirky and complicated. No single object will be identified upon first glance – you’ll have to guess what it is!

Visitors will be able draw fantasy gadgets and vote for their favorite gadget. Programs will explore the role historic tools, equipment and their intriguing parts play in fashion design, recycled art, and Steampunk art. Keep an eye out on the calendar for opportunities to play, create, and recycle!

Only in Albuquerque
March 3, 2015 - ongoing

The Albuquerque Museum will unveil the highly anticipated Only in Albuquerque history experience. After many years of redesign, construction, story development and fabrication, the Museum will give our community an interactive, engaging, fun-filled presentation of the history and culture of the central Rio Grande Valley. Along with the presentation of our community’s stories, there will be lots to learn and do. Make your own family Coat of Arms; electronically send a Route 66 postcard to a friend; create a personal “quilt” of images from the Museum’s collections; and record your story to share in the Museum and with friends. You will be able to experience vibrant theatre

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