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Visualizing Albuquerque

January 31 – May 3, 2015

On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design is a city-wide cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by an array of partnering organizations. Starting in January 2015 and continuing through the spring and summer, public institutions join private galleries to present exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programming that investigate the diverse art of the greater Albuquerque region. This event places a comprehensive focus on art and design created in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, contemporary to the earliest aesthetic objects created in the region.

At the heart of this collaboration, the Albuquerque Museum’s exhibition titled Visualizing Albuquerque, curated by Joseph Traugott, will investigate the unique history and present of central New Mexico art and serve as an umbrella for institutional partners. Traugott says, ”Albuquerque artists found their own artistic voice after World War II and transformed a western boom town into a thriving art center. This exhibition demonstrates how an influx of modern-minded Californians moved to Albuquerque and changed the city by unleashing the creativity of local artists. The resulting abstract works broke with traditional New Mexico scenes. Visualizing Albuquerque revels in the region’s diverse artists and reveals how their distinctive fusions have bridged aesthetic divides and cultural rifts.”


 

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art

January 31 – April 15, 2015

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art is a joint exhibition with the City of Albuquerque and the Bernalillo County Public Art Programs, and will be displayed in the Albuquerque Museum. The exhibition will highlight the past 50 years of public art in the region, including an interactive, forward thinking engagement component which will seek public input and feedback on what public art should or could be in the future.

On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design is a city-wide cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by an array of partnering organizations, including Albuquerque Public Art and Bernalillo County Public Art programs.


Rad Gadgets

Feb 21, 2015 - Aug 1, 2015

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!


Christian Louboutin, “Printz,” Spring-Summer 2013-14, Courtesy of Christian Louboutin, Photograph by Jay Zukerkorn

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

May 30 – August 9, 2015

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos gracing today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. Deadly sharp stilettos, architecturally inspired wedges and platforms, and a number of artfully crafted shoes defying categorization are featured among the more than 160 historical and contemporary heels on loan from designers and from the renowned Brooklyn Museum costume collection, housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Albuquerque venue will also include heels by local designers and artists including Janice Ortiz, Virgil Ortiz, Goldie Garcia, Teri Greeves, and Deana McGuffin, as well as examples of the current Mexican Pointy Boots craze sweeping the United States Southwest and northern Mexico.

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe is organized by the Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibition-related educational programs are generously supported by The Albuquerque Chapter of the Links, Incorporated.

The Killer Heels Members Opening Reception is generously sponsored by Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman, & Sale, PC.

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Only in Albuquerque

March 2015

Opening in March of 2015, the Albuquerque Museum will unveil the highly anticipated Only in Albuquerque history gallery. 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 theatres, virtual reality storybooks and use a state of the art App, developed especially for our visitors.

Only in Albuquerque features a greatly expanded story of our city from before written history to the present, set in an engaging, fun, and interactive atmosphere. Our story is told through four galleries: Spirited, Courageous, Resourceful and Innovative, all connecting to a central gallery entitled Our Land. This ingenious design provides our guests with a physical layout that reinforces the central theme: different cultures, interacting with each other in a unique geographic setting, have developed shared characteristics found only in Albuquerque and the middle Río Grande Valley. Hundreds of our city’s most beloved artifacts are featured, with additional objects recently acquired yet to be unveiled.


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