Information about exhibitions coming to the Albuquerque Museum.
Michel-Martin Drolling, “The Wrath of Achilles,” 1810, oil on canvas, 44 1/2 x 57 1/2 in., École des Beaux-Arts, Paris (PRP 48), Courtesy American Federation of Arts
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.
Miniatures & More 2014
October 26 - December 7, 2014
Now in its 24th year, Miniatures & More is an exhibition fundraiser that provides valuable funding to the Museum while benefiting the artists whose work it features. The only selling exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum, Miniatures was created by – and is a program of – the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.
A range of artists producing traditional and contemporary paintings, photographs and sculptures are selected each year through a juried process in order to provide an exceptional collection for consideration. The “& More” was added to the 2007 Miniatures exhibition. Miniatures & More also features a few selected large-scale works.
Miniatures & More 2014 will open on Saturday, October 25, 2014 with a ticketed gala. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased by calling 505.842.0111. The exhibition will open to the public on Sunday, October 26, 2014.
January 31 – May 10, 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. By including women and their concerns, ethnic perspectives, popular culture subjects, and political content after 1980, Albuquerque artists synthesized an aesthetic that shunned commercial trends. Visualizing Albuquerque revels in the region’s diverse artists and reveals how their distinctive fusions have bridged aesthetic divides and cultural rifts.”
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.