Visit the Albuquerque Museum to see the following exhibitions now on display.
Erika Osborne, Looking for Moran, 2012, oil on canvas, 48 x 96 in., Lent by the artist
Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape
May 18 - Sept. 1, 2013
Changing Perceptions examines the revived interest in landscape by contemporary artists, demonstrating the power of the land to speak to the imagination.
Recent works in painting, photography, printmaking, and even sculpture trace the evolving image of the landscape in art of the last 40 years. Many contemporary landscape artists explore the way that humanity has laid its hands on the land. Fences, dams, highways, and billboards appear as an acknowledgement that pristine wilderness is a rarity, foreign to most peoples' experience.
Among the diverse artists showcased are Gus Foster, Woody Gwyn,Amelia Bauer, Wes Hempel, Joanne Lefrak, Jack Loeffler, Patrick Nagatani, Donald Woodman, Erika Osborne, Ed Ruscha, Mary Tsiongas, and Vincent Valdez.
Their passionate visions of the landscape take viewers on vividly detailed journeys around the American West and into the challenging imaginations of modern day explorers.
Lead With the Arts: Project Dreamscape
May 11-June 9, 2013
Lead with the Arts is the Museum’s after school program in the arts for teens. Participants worked with local artists' collective, Meow Wolf and museum staff to develop and install an exhibition of their own work. Project Dreamscape is the culmination of the students' year-long program.
Samuel Colman, The Rocky Spires of the Grand Canyon, ca. 1888, pastel on paper, 16 x 18 in., Museum purchase, 1991 General Obligation Bonds, 1992.77.1
Landscape Drawings from the Collection
April 27-October 27, 2013
The first exhibition in the Museum’s new Works on Paper Gallery, this exhibition will highlight drawings and watercolors by Seth Eastman, Samuel Colman, Raymond Jonson, Charles Burchfield, and Gene Kloss dating from the 1850s to the 1950s.
Focus on Youth
April 28-June 9, 2013
Focus on Youth is a juried exhibition featuring photography by local high school students. The exhibition is done in partnership with Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts Program.
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 - Sept. 2013 (North and Transition Galleries)
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 2013.
"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
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.