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2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Exhibitions

Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery

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

Hard Edge Abstraction in the 20th Century

Only in Albuquerque


Events

Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery
03/26/2016 – 09/11/2016

Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery is the first of a series of community history and contemporary issues exhibits that explore the rich heritage of Albuquerque through the stories of our city’s residents. Curated by Historic Fairview Cemetery Historian, Susan Schwartz, Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery uses photographs, maps, artifacts, documents, and interviews to bring the stories of residents buried in New Albuquerque’s first public cemetery back to life.

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.

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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