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The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
2000 Mountain Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
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Exhibitions

Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road

Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery

Hard Edge Abstraction in the 20th Century

Only in Albuquerque


Events

Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road
May 14 to Oct. 2, 2016

Opening May 14, 2016. Conceived in honor of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, this exhibition celebrates the art, history and popular culture of the iconic Mother Road

Too often the history of Route 66 in Albuquerque has been overlooked, even though our city sits at the center of the Southwestern leg of the route and boasts, at 16 miles, the longest single-city urban stretch of the highway in the nation.

We are also the only place on the Mother Road where the highway crosses itself!

Indeed the very re-routing of Route 66 to the east-west alignment was a political scandal, but shaved time and miles off the odometers of road-weary travelers and their automobiles.

There will be something new to experience every week at the museum during the run of this exhibition. Family-friendly programs include a car show, movie nights, a sock hop, outdoor concerts, and more!

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.

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
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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