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Exhibitions - Museum Foundation - Museum of New Mexico

Museum Foundation

Museum Foundation

Until Mar 26

Southwestern Sampler

New Mexico Museum of Art

From the Museum’s founding in 1917, Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have held a special pull for artists. This selection of artworks showcases work created in New Mexico. Included are works by Taos Society Artists, Santa Fe Art Colony members and others.

Until Mar 26

ALCOVES 16/17

New Mexico Museum of Art

Alcoves 16/17 opens March 4, 2016 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. This will be the first in a series of seven alcove exhibitions that concludes on March 26, 2017. Each of the seven rotations will highlight five artists at various career stages and working in New Mexico today.

In this first of seven exhibitions, artists working in all media will be featured; Scott Anderson, Gloria Graham, Scott Greene, Herbert Lotz, and Bonnie Lynch.

Until Apr 30

Be With Me, a Small Exhibition of Large Paintings

New Mexico Museum of Art

Centered around the experience of protracted looking at non-objective painting this exhibition features the works of artists Nick Aguayo, Harmony Hammond and John Zurier. All three artists produce compelling abstract works that utilize the physical and material qualities of paint as a means of subtle expression.

Until Apr 30

Conversations in Painting, Early 20th Century to Post-War American Art

New Mexico Museum of Art

An exhibition centered around painting movements in 20th Century America, beginning with Robert Henri , Portrait of Dieguito Roybal, San Ildefonso Pueblo and ending with Agnes Martin, Untitled #6. Between those two benchmarks we explore the evolution of abstraction, federal support for art and artists during the Depression Era, the Transcendental Painting Group, Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge Painting and Minimalism through paintings from the New Mexico Museum of Art collection. Juxtaposition is used to promote a dialogue both within and between these painting movements to encourage a more individual and intuitive appreciation of the individual paintings by the viewer.

Artists included will be Robert Henri, John Sloan, Gene Kloss, Florence Pierce, Raymond Jonson, Frederick Hammersley, Agnes Martin, Han Hoffman and Mala Breuer.

Mar 25 to Sep 17

Cady Wells: Ruminations

New Mexico Museum of Art

The New Mexico Museum of Art, in partnership with The Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK, presents the dynamic and psychologically penetrating watercolor paintings of Cady Wells (1904-1954). This group of more than 25 works features Wells’ uniquely modernist interpretations of Southwestern landforms and cultural-religious traditions. Born to a traditional, well-to-do New England family, Wells settled in northern New Mexico beginning in 1932. There, his art took on the complex layering of a spirit inspired by music, calligraphy and stained glass, but traumatized by active WWII combat, sexual intolerance, and Atomic bomb experiments at Los Alamos, just 12 miles from where he lived and painted. Such mid-century influences marked his increasingly surrealist style with equal parts rapture and disquietude.

Mar 25 to Sep 17

Light Tight : New Work by Meggan Gould and Andy Mattern

New Mexico Museum of Art

Artists Meggan Gould and Andy Mattern investigate the basic materials of photography and subvert the idea of photographic representation and the commercialization of the medium. The title of the show refers to the need to keep light sensitive material covered up, or “light tight,” until it is ready to be used. 

Apr 8 to Sep 17

Imagining New Mexico

New Mexico Museum of Art

Over the past century artists have imagined and reimagined New Mexico through their work. The New Mexico Museum of Art presents an exhibition of work from the collection that investigates how artists in New Mexico have responded to key themes as they relate to the state’s identity. New Mexico, like all places, is as much an idea as it is a geographical location. This exhibition considers how the states identity was formed by various, sometimes fantastical and often contradictory interpretations of the areas land, traditions, and histories. Imagining New Mexico does not presume to be a complete survey of the history of the state, but instead a collection of fantasies about what New Mexico has come to mean for artists over time. 

May 27 to Sep 17

Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now: from the British Museum

New Mexico Museum of Art

The exhibition examines the many ways artists have used drawing as a means of recording and provoking thought from the fifteenth century to today .The internationally recognized line-up of artists is a ‘who’s who’ of artists through the centuries. The exhibition includes work by artists as diverse as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, Bridget Riley, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Franz Kline and Rachel Whiteread. Combining work from master artists of the past with artists working today, clearly demonstrates the common thread of drawing as the basis for creation. Drawing is one of the most effective mediums for the immediate expression and representation of an artist’s ideas. Drawing often serves as the starting point for other creative arts including painting, sculpture, even basic engineering design and architecture. The exhibition will help visitors to explore the range inherent in the medium of drawing and may even inspire them to draw as well.