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Albuquerque Museum: Upcoming Exhibitions

Information about exhibitions coming to the Albuquerque Museum.

South Gallery: Community Exhibitions

Faithful Albuquerque: Twenty-Six Churches

Opens April 23, 2016

Faithful Albuquerque will feature twenty-six of the earlier Rio Grande Valley churches. By 1930 the city had forty houses of worship, all Judeo-Christian. The Jewish community had one synagogue with the remainder Catholic and Protestant. The Catholic parishes had the majority with ten churches.

The oldest church still standing in the city is San Felipe de Neri in Old Town, completed 1793. San Francisco Xavier was an earlier church built in 1719 that stood just northwest of the plaza.

The images in the exhibit will show an example of the diversity of church architecture. The designs ranged from the classic Spanish to Eastern American influences. As Albuquerque grew, people wanted to build churches that represented their stylistic ideals.


Focus on Youth

April 30 to June 5, 2016

Annual juried exhibition of over 100 photographs by high school students in photography programs across the city. Works explore a variety of techniques including silver prints, digital photography, special techniques and artist books. Exhibition co presented by the Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts program and the museum.


Route 66: Radiance, Rust & Revival on the Mother Road

Souvenir vest, 1950s
Courtesy Albuquerque Museum
Gift of Nancy Tucker, 2007.68.6

Souvenir vest, 1950s, Courtesy Albuquerque Museum, Gift of Nancy Tucker, 2007.68.6

May 14 to Oct. 2, 2016

From her hotly debated beginnings to her decades-long role as a pathway for adventurers, migrant workers, post-war veterans, tourists, hippies and sentimental souls, Route 66 has fascinated and engaged us, and compelled us to follow her beaten, crumbling path. Conceived in honor of the 90th anniversary of Route 66, this exhibition celebrates the art, history and popular culture of the iconic Mother Road.

Too often the history of Route 66 in Albuquerque has been overlooked, even though our city sits at the center of the Southwestern leg of the route and boasts, at 16 miles, the longest single-city urban stretch of the highway in the nation. We are also the only place on the Mother Road where the highway crosses itself! Indeed the very re-routing of Route 66 to the east-west alignment was a political scandal, but shaved time and miles off the odometers of road-weary travelers and their automobiles.


Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches & Models by Antoine Predock

Antoine Predock

June 25 to Oct. 2, 2016

"Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock" makes a case for the continued relevance of drawings made by hand in our increasingly electronic world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by University of New Mexico Press, "Drawing Into Architecture: The Sketches of Antoine Predock", edited by Mead and designed by Woodson.

Whether capturing a site visited on one of his globe-trotting trips, or imagining one of his buildings, Predock's sketches trace the hand's intuitive rush across a surface, condensing a rich sensorium of perceptions and experiences into memorably succinct collations of line and color.

As a student in the 1950s at the University of New Mexico, Predock regularly drifted from the architecture program (in Engineering) over to the Art Department to study with the sculptor and painter John Tatschl, and the painters Elaine De Kooning and Walter Kulhman. These artists showed Predock how seeing and making ran together in a dialogue between visuality and materiality mediated by the human body: as De Kooning explained at the time, "painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image." Later, in the 1960s, the architect and painter Robert Walters introduced Predock to the expressively pliable medium of clay models: carved by hand with a knife, in place of a drawing's pen or brush, Predock's clay models use a sculptural material to painterly effect, shaping form and space into planes of solid and void.


Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West

Oct. 28, 2016, to Jan. 22, 2017

"Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and The West" focuses on the life and times of one of the early 20th century's most significant cultural figures: Mabel Dodge Luhan (1879-1962). Luhan brought modern art to Taos, New Mexico, putting Taos on the national and international map of the avant-garde and creating a “Paris West” in the American Southwest. From 1918-1947, Luhan influenced legions of European and American “movers and shakers” to find Northern New Mexico's physical and cultural landscapes—new aesthetic, social, and cultural perspectives on modern life.

The exhibition will include 150 works of art and ephemera produced by the visual, literary, and performance artists who came to Taos at Mabel's behest. The works of Andrew Dasburg, Marsden Hartley, John Marin, Ansel Adams, Agnes Pelton, and Georgia O'Keeffe will be displayed in conversation with the works of Pueblo and Hispano artists who inspired their modernist sensibilities.

Co-curated by a dynamic scholarly team, MaLin Wilson-Powell and Dr. Lois Rudnick, this project offers a transformative and multi-disciplinary contribution to the evolution of American Modernism as it expanded westward.

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