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This exciting exhibit features approximately fifty works of art from the Joyce Kaser Collection. Southwest of Eden: The Art of Adam and Eve examines the various ways in which New Mexican artists and others visually portray these two famous figures as well as the flora and fauna in their surroundings. For example, how many apples are featured, or are they pomegranates? Is the serpent male or female? Is it animal or human, or half and half? Is Eve always the instigator or is Adam assuming some responsibility? Situated in the NHCC Art Museum’s highly popular community gallery, Southwest of Eden invites the visitor to take a closer look at the imagery, symbolism and story of what happened in the garden.
El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past, aims to break down stereotypes of what visitors expect to see in a “Peruvian art exhibit.” The exhibit celebrates the work of artists Baldomero Alejos (1924-1976) a photographer from Ayacucho; Ana de Orbegoso, a multimedia artist inspired by the Cuzco School, Pre-Colombian pottery and Peruvian history and identity; Kukuli Velarde, a ceramicist who addresses class racism, and exclusion in her ceramics, and Lorry Salcedo, a photographer whose striking black and white images connect the Peruvian past to its present. Each artist explores the Peruvian pre-colonial and colonial past while addressing race, class and inclusion in the contemporary present. Works include photography, sculpture, ceramics, painting, and multimedia in juxtaposition with examples of their historical antecedents.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center’s History and Literary Arts Program presents a new exhibit, “El voto femenino: Sufragistas Latinas luchando por el derecho al voto/The Women’s Vote: Latina Suffragists who Fought for the Right to Vote” which opens on Friday, January 24, 2020, and runs through June 30, 2020.
There will be a free opening reception on Friday, January 24, 2020, from 6-8 pm in the historic History and Literary Arts (HLA) Building on the NHCC campus, where the exhibit is on display.
The exhibit features women from 24 countries in the international Hispanic diaspora who were instrumental in women’s suffrage, including Nina Otero Warren (New Mexico, US), Bertha Lutz (Brazil), Mathilde Hidalgo de Procel (Ecuador), Elvia Carrillo Puerto (Mexico), Ofelia Domínguez Navarro (Cuba), Elena Caffarena (Chile), Josefa Llanes Escoda (Philippines) and Jovita Idar (Texas, US).
NHCC Art Museum
Every few years, the NHCC Art Museum refreshes its exhibit of artworks that showcase the breadth of the permanent collection. In 2020, this exhibit will present some new twists and a variety of perspectives on the collection. One section will feature artworks created by New Mexicans. It will explore the diversity of themes and media utilized by New Mexican artists and these works will be selected by members of the NHCC staff at large, board members, collections committee members, and our NHCC volunteers. Another section of the exhibit will highlight some of the “never been seen” artworks, showcasing pieces that are key to the collection but that haven’t been on display yet. As always, the artworks featured in Aquí Estamos will be global in scope to reflect the complexity of the Hispanic experience demonstrating that there is no one way to create art that exemplifies what it means to be Hispanic, Chicana/o, Latinx, and/or Latin American.
The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, February 28, 2020 during regular museum hours from 10am – 5pm. Stay tuned for details about the reception in March!
The NHCC Art Museum now has almost twenty years of exhibitions under its belt and as the NHCC as a whole is celebrating its 20th birthday this year, the Museum will host an exhibition titled, Mira, Mira On the Wall: Reflecting on 20 Years of Exhibitions as an institutional retrospective recounting the significant exhibits that have been presented over the last two decades and their impact on the permanent collection.