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Focus on Youth

May 4-June 8, 2014

Focus on Youth is an annual exhibition of photography by students from local high schools. The exhibition showcases the works of students using both traditional and non-traditional techniques. A hallmark of this show is the quality of the works displayed, the result of a professional jurying process enlisting local photographers, curators and arts educators to select the works. .

A reception and awards ceremony takes place on Sunday, May 4, from 1-4 p.m. The exhibit is open through June 8.

Lead with the Arts

May 8-June 8, 2014

Take ten talented high school students and add one professional artist. The result is a new collaborative mural that will be unveiled to visitors on May 8. The project is part of Lead with the Arts, an afterschool program that joins together high school students and professional artists in a creative partnership to design and create original artwork in the Museum.

This year, students from Del Norte, La Cueva, Sandia and Albuquerque High, Sandia Prep and the Digital Arts and Technology Academy were selected to work with artist Larry Bob Phillips. Phillips painted the mural on the Museum’s main lobby wall and recently completed an outdoor mural with students from CNM on the Century Downtown Theatre.

Students are diligently learning to master the techniques of Larry Bob’s signature black and white, Op Art style, which provides the illusion of images that move and vibrate. This high energy mural will include a cast of imaginary characters dreamed up by the students themselves.

A public reception for the opening takes place on Friday May 9 from 6-8 p.m.

Christo, 2001.51.070.9, The Gates, Project for Central Park, New York, 1980-in progress, 1992, Serigraph with U.V. lacquer, 14 x 11 inches

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection

June 14-September 14, 2014

This traveling exhibition is a unique collection of works of art by renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The collection includes original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs capturing the versatility, longevity and international scope of the duo’s extensive career.

One of the largest collections of art by Christo and Jeanne-Claude in the United States, it was started by Tom Golden in the summer of 1974. Golden’s personal and professional relationship with the artists began during the 1974 public hearings for Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s project “Running Fence.” Golden continued to manage and assist with several of the artist’s large-scale projects such as “The Umbrellas” and “Over the River.” Drawings and collages of the large-scale public works, sold to fund the actual installations, are an important component of this collection.

As partners for more than 40 years, Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created lasting environmental installation art throughout the world. Their works include the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin and the Pont Neuf bridge in Paris, the 24-mile long curtain titled “Running Fence” in California, and most recently “The Gates” in New York City’s Central Park. Because their large-scale public projects are temporary, these preliminary artworks remain as evidence of these installations.

The circulating exhibition is organized by the Sonoma County Museum, Santa Rosa, CA which received the collection in 2001 as a donation by Tom Golden, a close friend of the artists.

Dennis and Nancy Edaakie (Zuni). Koshare (Pueblo Clown) bolo tie, 1991. Silver with coral and shell inlay, 2 3/4 inches high.

Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry

June 28-September 21, 2014

Join us for a fun-filled exploration of the intriguing history of the bolo tie, New Mexico’s official state neckwear. Organized by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the exhibition traces the history of the bolo tie back to 19th-century scarf slides and slide necklaces. The bolo tie we know of today emerged in the 1940s as a challenge to traditional neckwear.

Bolo ties were haute couture in Western movies and mid-century TV shows, and through the decades have become a major expression of Native American artists including Charles Loloma, Hopi, and Norbert Peshlakai, Navajo. Bolo ties remain popular, and are even re-invented in unique mediums such as glass and ceramics. Be sure to attend the June 28 opening reception bedecked in your favorite bolos – the more, the merrier!

Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry is organized by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, made possible by the Virginia M. Ullman Foundation.

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

October 12, 2014 - January 4, 2015

This rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts—the original school of fine arts in Paris and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the seventeenth century—will include approximately 140 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries. The focus will be on epic themes such as courage, sacrifice, and death, as well as the ways that changing political and philosophical systems affected the choice and execution of these subjects. Among the featured works will be paintings by Jacques-Louis David, Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Anne-Louis Girodet, and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres; sculpture by Antoine-Louis Barye, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Jean-Antoine Houdon, and François Rude; drawings by François Boucher, Leonardo da Vinci, Nicolas Poussin, Titian, and Jean-Antoine Watteau; and prints by Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn.

The epic deeds of gods and heroes, enshrined in the Bible and the works of Homer, were the primary narratives from which both aspiring and established academicians drew their inspiration. Their ideology was rooted in the study of the idealized human form as envisioned in classical art. At the École, learning how to construct persuasive and powerful paintings from carefully delineated anatomy, expressive faces, and convincing architectural and landscape settings was understood by aspiring artists to be the route to success and recognition.

Gods and Heroes is organized by the American Federation of Arts and the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris. This exhibition is generously supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities, the JFM Foundation, and the Donald and Maria Cox Trust. Funding for the catalogue is provided by the Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw Charitable Trust, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Barbara and Richard S. Lane and Christie’s.

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