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Upcoming Exhibitions at Albuquerque Museum

Information about exhibitions coming to Albuquerque Museum.

 

 

Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

Omar Victor Diop, "The Studio of Vanities," 2014

Omar Victor Diop, "The Studio of Vanities, 2014. Mame." Pigment inkjet image on Hahnumühle Harman paper, 90 x 90 cm. Courtesy of Galerie Magnin-A, Paris © Omar Victor Diop

Feb. 3 to May 6, 2018

Showcasing the work of over 120 artists and designers, "Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design" illustrates how design accompanies and fuels economic and political changes on the continent. Africa is presented as a hub of experimentation generating new approaches and solutions of worldwide relevance – and as a driving force for a new discussion of the potential of design in the twenty-first century.

The exhibition focuses on a new generation of entrepreneurs, thinkers and designers from and within Africa, who – as »digital natives« – address a global audience and provide the world with a new vantage point on their continent. »Making Africa« features a plethora of work cutting across a wide variety of media, such as the eyewear sculptures by Kenyan artist Cyrus Kabiru, the furniture of Cheick Diallo from Mali and the photography of Mozambican Mário Macilau and Nigerian J.D. 'Okhai Ojeikere.

Following its premiere at the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the exhibition was presented at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain from autumn 2015. The exhibition is accompanied by a 352-page publication, which offers a first-ever comprehensive overview of African contemporary design. 

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation 
German Federal Cultural Foundation logo for "Making Africa"

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American Jewelry from New Mexico

Cody Sanderson, bracelet, 2010 Diné, Santa Fe; Phillip Loretto, necklace, 1991 Jemez; Eduardo Rubio-Arzate, brooch, ca. 2008 Albuquerque

Cody Sanderson, bracelet, 2010 Diné, Santa Fe; Phillip Loretto, necklace, 1991 Jemez; Eduardo Rubio-Arzate, brooch, ca. 2008 Albuquerque

June 2 to Oct. 14, 2018

Albuquerque Museum presents a major traveling exhibition with accompanying book published by the Museum of New Mexico Press, surveying, through approximately 300 spectacular objects, all aspects of jewelry adornment from prehistory to the present. Rather than focus on a single culture group, individual artist, time period, or medium as have most jewelry exhibitions and publications, American Jewelry from New Mexico tells the stories of diverse heritages simultaneously, as artists live, in concert, trade, and adaptation with their neighbors.

Some of the earliest adornments included in the exhibition, dating to approximately 450 ce were made with materials, particularly shell, which was imported into the region from the Pacific coast, hundreds of miles away. Regardless of the stereotype of New Mexico being a land "remote beyond compare" and isolated from other cultures, from the beginning artists in the region have been in contact with outside groups, adopting new materials and aesthetics with new exposure.

Jewelry making in New Mexico has always been about innovation, with artists celebrating new materials and techniques which, in the hands of master craftspeople, become instant traditions. For millennia startlingly new materials including abalone shell, turquoise, silver, mother of pearl, gold, glass, Bakelite, Lucite, apatite, tungsten, bottle caps, and diamonds have been introduced, adopted, and elevated to idiosyncratic modes of exemplary expression.

Several of the most important United States designers of contemporary jewelry live and work in New Mexico yet for many their achievements are completely unknown locally: their work does not easily fit into any category of "New Mexican" jewelry. Therefore a new, more appropriate identity for this work is found in simply calling it all "American jewelry." No region of our country has a longer and more continuous history of adornment from prehistory, through the Victorian era and the Depression to post-war modernism, and on to contemporary simultaneous celebrations of tradition and unprecedented experimentation.

Gallery 1.


Excavations

Patrick Nagatani, "Lexus Fire Pit Site, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, U.S.A."

Patrick Nagatani, "Lexus Fire Pit Site, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, U.S.A.," giclee print, 10 3/16 × 14 in. Albuquerque Museum; gift of the artist and museum purchase. 2016.49.48.2

June - September 2018

The complete series of renowned art photographer Patrick Nagatani's "Excavations" will be on view at Albuquerque Museum. The series documents the artist's alter ego – archaeologist's discovery of automobiles buried at ceremonial sites around the world.

Image: Patrick Nagatani," Lexus Fire Pit Site, Sonoran Desert, Arizona, U.S.A.," giclee print, 10 3/16 × 14 in. Albuquerque Museum; gift of the artist and museum purchase. 2016.49.48.2

Gallery 7


From Invisible to Visible: The Chinese-American Experience in Albuquerque

Fremont Grocery chocolate window display, c. 1930
Albuquerque Museum, Museum purchase, 1987 General Obligation Bonds
PA1992.5.204

Fremont Grocery chocolate window display, c. 1930 Albuquerque Museum, Museum purchase, 1987 General Obligation Bonds PA1992.5.204 

June 9, 2018 to Jan. 6, 2019

From Invisible to Visible: The Chinese-American Experience in Albuquerque will explore how our city’s Chinese-American community came to be. The story includes immigration and its backlash which lead to anti-Chinese discrimination; the rise of the Chinese-American civil rights movement dating to the late 1800’s; Chinese American entrepreneurial spirit to gain an economic foothold in this country, and examples of  how the Chinese American community has enriched Albuquerque’s diverse cultural tapestry through social, political, legal, educational and artistic engagement. This exhibit is a testament to our resilience, perseverance, determination and courage.

Presented in affiliation with the Chinese American Citizens Alliance

Gallery 6 / The William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery.


Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library

Velázquez, Diego (1599 Seville, Spain – 1660 Madrid, Spain), "Portrait of a Little Girl," ca. 1638-42, oil on canvas, 51.5 x 41 cm

Velázquez, Diego, (1599 Seville, Spain – 1660 Madrid, Spain)

"Portrait of a Little Girl," ca. 1638-42, oil on canvas, 51.5 x 41 cm

Nov. 10, 2018, to March 31, 2019

The exhibition "Visions of the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library" includes over 200 of the most exceptional works spanning over 3,000 years in the collections of The Hispanic Society of America. A significant number of these works have not been exhibited outside of the Hispanic Society, and some have never before been exhibited. The exhibition opened at Museo Nacional del Prado and runs through September 2017. (Gallery 1 & 7)

Details are subject to change. Check back for additional information.