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Current Exhibitions

Visit the Albuquerque Museum to see the following exhibitions now on display.

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.


Summer Artist in Residence: Ernest Doty

July 15-25, 2014

For the fourth year, the Albuquerque Museum has invited an artist to create a temporary intervention in the Museum’s lobby.  From Tuesday, July 15 through Friday, July 25, Albuquerque born and raised artist Ernest Doty will paint a site-specific work of art at the museum.  Doty, who now lives in Oakland, California, works primarily in aerosol paint and is nationally respected as a creator of large scale outdoor paintings.  During each work day he will develop the painted surfaces outside in the Museum’s amphitheater and collaborate with Museum staff to install the individual parts in the lobby.

Visitors are encouraged to watch the artist work each day and follow the development of his vision throughout the two week period.  Doty’s imagery is often inspired by birds and invented animals and incorporates the joyous prismatic effects of rainbows and hard edged shapes.  With the powerful geometric architecture of the lobby as a backdrop and framework, Doty’s paintings will bring a lively, colorful vitality to that grand space.

Doty’s as-yet-untitled installation will remain on view at the museum through the Fall.


Vivian Vance, c. 1930, PA1978.153.vance

Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance

March 29 - January 31, 2015

This exhibition will celebrate the life and times of one of Albuquerque's most famous residents, the late Vivian Vance, of I Love Lucy fame, through family memoribilia and the museum's Photoarchives.


 

 

Caballero (Cavalryman) and alabardero (footsoldier), c. 1598, Iron, steel, brass, leather, cotton, Photographer: Damian Andrus, PC1981.219.1.a-j, 1982.20.1.a&b, 1982.38.1, 1981.213.1.a&b, 1982.35.1.a&b, 1982.197.1.a-k, 1981.229.1.a-e, 1982.191.1, 1981.75.1

Albuquerque: Along the Rio Grande

Nov. 20, 2011 - September 2014  (Transition Gallery)

For more than one hundred and twenty centuries, humans have lived in the region now known as the central Rio Grande Valley.

When Spanish explorer Francisco Vásquez de Coronado’s army camped in the area in 1540-1542, they encountered an indigenous Tiwa-speaking native culture well adapted to a high desert environment and battling to retain its autonomy and cultural beliefs.

For the next four centuries and especially after the founding of La Villa de Alburquerque in 1706, Spain, Mexico and ultimately the United States governed a population focused on survival, weathering harsh weather extremes, and building a unique economy based on agriculture, ranching, weaving, and merchant trade. Change came quickly after the railroad arrived in 1880 and especially after World War II, leading to huge population growth and making Albuquerque the creative and diverse city it is today.

Curator of history Deb Slaney notes, "This exhibition is just the right size and scope to carry us through to completion of our new core history exhibit, due to open in the Fall of 2014.

"Heavily drawn from 'Four Centuries: A History of Albuquerque,' it includes many of our most beloved and iconic artifacts. This exhibit is important because it allows us to continue to provide a context for students, families and out-of-town guests for learning about Albuquerque history while we are under construction during the next year and a half."

A Family Guide is available free of charge for this exhibition, thanks to the generous support of Lovelace Health Plan and Bank of Albuquerque.


Ernest Blumenschein, Star Road and White Sun, 1920, Museum Purchase

Common Ground: Art in New Mexico

Permanent Exhibition (East Gallery)

A permanent art exhibition highlighting a significant and museum-owned works from the late 19th century to the present day, including some that have never before been viewed by the public.

In January 2013, Albuquerque Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy presented poems he had written based on artwork in the Common Ground exhibition.  The poetry is available for visitors to view in the exhibition, or you may download it here.

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