Albuquerque Museum: Current Exhibitions
Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches & Models by Antoine Predock
Pantheon Slice, Rome, Italy 2008 ink and oil pastel, 6 x 8 in. Lent by the artist and the Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico
June 25 to October 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." 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.
Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery
Front entrance of Historic Fairview Cemetery, 2011, Courtesy Susan Schwartz
March 26 to September 11, 2016
"Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery" features photographs, maps, artifacts, documents, and interviews detailing the lives of New Albuquerque's founders, railroad employees, and other individuals buried in the cemetery.
Coordinated by Historic Fairview Cemetery historian Susan Schwartz, "Back to Life" is the first community-based project to open in the Museum's newly sponsored William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery.
Limited tours of the exhibition are available on Thursdays and Fridays from Susan Schwartz, Community Historian of Historic Fairview Cemetery. To schedule a tour, please call (505) 764-6502.
Meridiae by Lea Anderson: 2015 Artist-in-Residence
Through June 2016
For the fifth year, the Albuquerque Museum has invited an artist to create a temporary intervention in the Museum’s lobby. From July 14 - 26, Albuquerque artist Lea Anderson will create a site-specific work of art on the north windows of the museum’s lobby. Anderson works in a variety of non-traditional sculptural materials including fiber and textiles, paper, and plastic.
During each work day Anderson will prepare printed plastic, organic-inspired elements and collaborate with Museum staff to install the individual parts on the inside of the lobby windows. Visitors are encouraged to watch the artist work and follow the development of her vision throughout the two week period. This dramatic, colorful, and monumental installation is titled Meridiae (pronounced meh-rih-dee-yay) which is an invented word for the plural of meridian.
Through this work, the artist is exploring the concept of a work of art as a "meridian" or a "portal"; a place of connection between the physical world and unseen cosmological entities.
With the formal geometric architectural grid of the lobby windows as a backdrop and framework, Anderson’s work will bring a lively, colorful, organic vitality to this grand space.
The installation Meridiae will remain on view at the museum through the June 2016.