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Excavations: Buried Cars and Other Stories

On view at Albuquerque Museum through September 23, 2018. Photographs by Patrick Nagatani challenge the veracity of the photographic image.

 

Excavations

Excavations: Buried Cars and Other Stories, Patrick Nagatani

Patrick Nagatani, "Model A Woody, National Radio Astronomy Observatory (VLA), Plains of St. Agustin, New Mexico, U.S.A.,"   Ilfochrome print, Albuquerque Museum; gift of the artist and museum purchase. PC2016.49.25

 

"Buried Cars: Excavations from Stonehenge to the Grand Canyon" by Patrick Nagatani with Joseph Traugott, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press

A companion book will accompany the exhibition.

"Buried Cars: Excavations from Stonehenge to the Grand Canyon" by Patrick Nagatani with Joseph Traugott, published by the Museum of New Mexico Press. (Hardcover $34.95)

 

June 23 - September 23, 2018

Albuquerque Museum is pleased to present "Excavations: Buried Cars and Other Stories," opening June 23, 2018 and running through September 23, 2018. The exhibition features the photographs of internationally-renowned Albuquerque artist and retired University of New Mexico professor Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017.)

The exhibition focuses primarily on Nagatani's "Excavation series," documenting the purported excavation of 29 automobiles buried at energetic power sites around the world by a mysterious cult of shamans. Spanning three decades, the series challenges common beliefs regarding the veracity of the photographic image. The exhibition is accompanied by the book, "Buried Cars: from Stonehenge to the Grand Canyon," recently published by the Museum of New Mexico Press in association with the Albuquerque Museum.

Complementing the "Excavation" photographs, other select works from the Museum’s extensive collection of the artist thematically demonstrate how Nagatani’s sense of ironic humor, play, and a rigorous interrogation of the narrative image are apparent throughout the artist’s entire career. These include photographs from Nagatani’s 2017 novel "The Race," likewise published by the Museum. It relates the story of a competition in which women piloted reconditioned World War II Spitfires from Japan to the United States. Other photographs include examples of the Nuclear Enchantment series, which express the contradictions arising from the genesis of the atomic industry in New Mexico.

Nagatani often photographed combinations of objects and human subjects in front of painted or photographed backdrops and dioramas, long before the prevalence of digital manipulation. The exhibition will feature some of these props, allowing viewers “behind the scenes” access to the artist’s process.
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This exhibition is part of a collaborative effort between the Albuquerque Museum, The New Mexico Museum of Art and the University of New Mexico Art Museum to honor and celebrate the artistic contributions of Patrick Nagatani to the state of New Mexico.

UNM Art Museum
Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs
April 27 - July 28, 2018
artmuseum.unm.edu

New Mexico Museum of Art
Patrick Nagatani: Invented Realities
May 26 - September 9, 2018
nmartmuseum.org

Albuquerque Museum
Excavations
June 23 - September 23, 2018
cabq.gov/museum 

Gallery 7

Details are subject to change.