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Broken Boxes: A Decade of Art, Action, and Dialogue

September 7, 2024 – March 2, 2025

Acosia Red Elk performance and engagement on the occasion of Marie Watt: Sky Dances Light at Kavi Gupta Gallery, 2023

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Broken Boxes: A Decade of Art, Action, and Dialogue, curated by Ginger Dunnill and Josie Lopez, features large-scale installation, sculpture, video, and a robust programming line-up celebrating the work and ideas of 23 artists who have contributed to Dunnill's Broken Boxes podcast. The exhibition celebrates ten years of the podcast of the same name and amplifies the collective strength of contemporary artists.

Focusing on interviews over the past four years, the exhibition features large-scale installations by renowned artists and includes floating metal “jingle clouds,” a vibrant parade float honoring matriarchs, a colossal wolf forged from community care, brilliant mirrored tapestries honoring lives lost, a monument to Trans rights, and much more. Each of the featured artists engages their own cultural experience and elevates activism within diverse communities. 

Broken Boxes—the podcast, the exhibition, and the exhibition catalog—centers around bringing artists together in dialogue with each other. By opening up the conversations across communities, groups, art practices, materials, and shared spaces, Broken Boxes demonstrates how artists are forging new forms of action.

Artists: The exhibition features the following 23 local and international artists, nine of whom are creating new work: Tanya Aguiñiga • Natalie Ball • CASSILS • Autumn Chacon • Raven Chacon • India Sky Davis • Jeremy Dennis • Kate DeCiccio • Amaryllis R. Flowers • Cannupa Hanska Luger • Sterlin Harjo • Elisa Harkins • Christine Howard Sandoval • Tsedaye Makonnen • Guadalupe Maravilla • Laura Ortman • Katherine Paul (Black Belt Eagle Scout) • Joseph M. Pierce • SWOON • Chip Thomas • Marie Watt • Saya Woolfalk • Mario Ybarra Jr.

This exhibition extends beyond the confines of Gallery 1 and activates the lobby, atrium, and permanent collection spaces of the Museum. Chip Thomas’ photographic mural and Raven Chacon’s soundscape and score are on display now and will remain on view through the end of the Broken Boxes exhibition.

About Broken Boxes: Broken Boxes is an artist-run independent broadcasting platform shedding light on narratives of complexity, solidarity, contradiction, and inspiration in the arts. For more information, visit brokenboxespodcast.com.

OPENING WEEKEND:

Saturday, September 7, 2024:

1-5 pm: Opening Day

1 pm: Performance: The Live Cycle of Rainbows by India Sky Davis

3 pm: Conversation: Artists' Talk with CASSILS, Tanya Aguiñiga, Jeremy Dennis, Amaryllis R. Flowers, Guadalupe Maravilla, and Broken Boxes hosts Ginger Dunnill & Cannupa Hanska Luger

7 pm: Concert: Black Belt Eagle Scout, with special guest Mato Wayuhi

Sunday, September 8, 2-4 pm:

Workshop: LGBTQIA+ INVERSIONS OF POWER presented in partnership with Site Santa Fe

EXHIBITION PROGRAMS:

The six-month exhibition is accompanied by a series of programs including performances, conversations, screenings, and more. More details will be available on our Events page and in a printed and digital calendar due out in late July.


This exhibition is made possible in part by project grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts, with support from The City of Albuquerque, Albuquerque Museum Foundation, and Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

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IMAGE: Acosia Red Elk performance and engagement on the occasion of Marie Watt: Sky Dances Light at Kavi Gupta Gallery, 2023. Photo by Kyle Flubacker, courtesy Kavi Gupta and Marie Watt Studio.