Visiting Artist Nicola López begins installation of Haunted

Visiting Artist Nicola López Comes to Albuquerque Museum in July; installation of Haunted begins at Albuquerque Museum July 6, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, NM — July 1, 2020 — Albuquerque Museum is pleased to announce that artist Nicola López will install Haunted in the Albuquerque Museum lobby as part of the annual Visiting Artist program. Haunted is a site-responsive installation that reflects on how all landscapes are now and forever haunted by our inescapable, human presence.

López will begin installation at the Museum on July 6. The media is invited to visit on Tuesday, July 7 during the installation by appointment only to speak with the artist and document the process. Call or email to arrange an appointment.

According to the artist, there is no longer any such thing as “nature” unmarked by humanity. Alongside the forces of geology and time, our human actions have by now impacted every part of the earth’s surface and the reality of all things that inhabit it. Nature as a site untouched by humanity is a ghost that haunts us just as the future is already haunted by the trickle-down and side effects of past, present, and future technologies and the specters of the atrocities we inflict on our environment in the name of progress.

Collaged, printed and hand-drawn elements will be installed directly on the wall to create a hybrid landscape in which geological and human-built features intertwine. This static landscape will be inhabited by moving images projected directly over the wall-mounted collage. Since sunlight pours into the lobby area through large windows adjacent to the exhibition space, the projection will be visible to varying degrees as light conditions shift throughout the day and seasons. Sometimes the projection will be barely visible—and entirely ghostlike—while at other times it will be stronger, the way that phantoms can seem most palpable in spaces of darkness. The projected imagery will include a mix of original documentary and constructed video footage. It will engage ideas of the sublime, the surreal and the all-too-real as it explores how our landscape is now permanently haunted by human impact.

About the Artist
Born in Santa Fe, NM, Nicola López lives and works in Brooklyn and teaches at Columbia University in New York City. Through her work in installation, drawing and printmaking, López describes and reconfigures our contemporary—primarily urban—landscape. Her focus on describing ‘place’ stems from an interest in urban planning, architecture and anthropology and it has been fueled by time spent working and traveling in different landscapes. López has received support for her work through a NYFA Fellowship and a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, among others. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally, at museums including MoMA - NY, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City and the Denver Art Museum. It has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Chazen Museum of Art (Madison, WI) and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

The 2020 Albuquerque Museum Visiting Artist is supported in part by a grant from the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

About the Albuquerque Museum Visiting Artist Program
Since 2011, the Visiting Artist program at Albuquerque Museum has featured contemporary artists with a connection to New Mexico. The annual program provides an invited artist the opportunity to reimagine and activate the museum’s lobby, which is the first space visitors encounter upon entering the museum. The program includes the display of the artist’s work for one year, public engagement, and artist talks. The program aims to provide a bridge between the artistic practice of the visiting artist and the experience of contemporary art by the public.

The Visiting Artist program considers artists with compelling conceptual creativity. The large scale space of the museum lobby has inspired several artists to create site-specific installations. Artists, however, are given the freedom to determine how they want to interact with the space.

Previous visiting artists have included Gronk (2011), Catalina Delgado Trunk (2012), Larry Bob Phillips (2013), Ernest Doty (2014), Lea Anderson (2015), Virgil Ortiz (2016), Paul Sarkisian (2017), and Karl Hofmann (2019).

About Albuquerque Museum
Albuquerque Museum has served as the city's cultural center since 1967. Located in the heart of Old Town, the Museum is a leading institution for art, history and culture in the Southwest. Albuquerque Museum is a division of the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque.

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