Shadow and Light

Shadow and Light

September 23, 2023 12:00 am
April 28, 2024 12:00 am
New Mexico Museum of Art

While the light of New Mexico is commonly associated with representational landscape paintings, the West has also nurtured and attracted artists who struggled to capture and express more than mere naturalistic representation in their artwork. Filling two galleries of the newly constructed New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary, the exhibition looks at artworks from the mid-20th century through the present day with eye towards the West and Southwest, and this desire for a visual experience that could convey more than the empirical. Transcendental Painting Group members and acclaimed New Mexico artists Emil Bisttram and Florence Miller Pierce are at the start of an arc that unfolds to reinforce the connection between the work the Museum of Art has always supported and trends in contemporary art practice and art history. In this specific case, connections are drawn between the nonphysical realms the TPG aspired to, the perceptual experience of the light and space movement, physical engagement of early land art, and contemporary projects like the indigenous futurism of Cochiti artist Virgil Ortiz.

The following artists are included in this exhibition:

Larry BellEmil BisttramLee BulJudy ChicagoRon CooperConstance DeJongJames DrakeAngela EllsworthJoe GoodeHarmony HammondNancy HoltJ P 제피 (formerly Jen Pack)Jennifer JosephYayoi KusamaAgnes MartinFlorence Miller PierceAugust MuthVirgil Ortiz

And in collaboration with: Morgan Barnard Soojin Choi Elias Jade Not Afraid Simon Levin Justin Paik Reese Kamden Storm

Helen PashgianCharles RossLeo VillarealErika WanenmacherSusan YorkNorman Zammitt

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