Night of the Arts-May 7

Features a public reception for the opening of an exciting new exhibition, a film short, and the screening of the feature film, "Big Eyes," which won acclaim at this year's major awards shows.


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May 07, 2015
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM


South Broadway Cultural Center
1025 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM 87102


From 6 - 8 p.m. a free public reception honoring the artists whose works are featured in the new exhibition Vantage Points will be held in the Gallery. Vantage Points is a group art exhibition that examines diverse perspectives of four Albuquerque artists: Laurie Egbert, Kelly Eckel, LaVerne Harper, and Ali Baudoin.

The show is an opportunity to see four mature artists engaged in their ongoing series. Each artist reflects a perspective of their local environment within their artwork. Laurie Egbert creates narrative color-saturated canvases based on historic sites from the Barelas neighborhood. Ali Baudoin presents new stainless steel sculptures and paintings based on his fascination with mechanical and architectonic forms. Kelly Eckel presents photo collages and drawings based on her study of evolutionary genetics. LaVerne Harper creates landscapes that engage the tension between the abstract content with the spirit of place.

In the John Lewis Theatre a film short, "Can't Get Through" by Karen Hipscher will be screened from 8 - 8:05 p.m. Hipscher is an Albuquerque-based image-maker originally from Brooklyn, NY. She uses cameras to study the intersections or space between interior and exterior, internal and external, conscious and subconscious. Windows, doorways, mirrors, and other thresholds are common motifs in her work, and obscurity and layers might reveal more than they appear to conceal.

At 8:05 p.m. the feature film "Big Eyes" will be screened. The 2014 American biographical drama was directed by Tim Burton and stars Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz. In the film, American artist Margaret Keane (Adams) draws portraits of children with large eyes. In the 1950s and 1960s the portraits become phenomenally successful, and earn the couple a fortune, but her husband, Walter Keane (Waltz), markets them as his own work.  The couple's relationship becomes more and more strained as Margaret tries to gain credit for the art, and they wind up in a lawsuit that asks each of them to demonstrate that they can draw a large-eye portrait. Amy Adams won a Best Actress Golden Globe for her portrayal of Margaret Keane.




Augustine Romero