El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past

Curated by Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn , Director and Chief Curator of the NHCC Art Museum, the exhibit  El Perú: Art in the Contemporary Past, will aim to break down stereotypes of what visitors expect to see in a “Peruvian art exhibit.” The exhibit will highlight works by 20th and 21st century Peruvian artists, all of whom explore 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.

There is a growing Peruvian community in New Mexico and throughout the southwest (not to mention the United States).  This will be the NHCC Art Museum’s first exhibit to showcase Peruvian visual arts and the museum greatly looks forward furthering appreciation of Peru by sharing the inherent nuances of this incredible country and its artists.

Southwest of Eden: The Art of Adam and Eve

Southwest of Eden:  The Art of Adam and Eve

NHCC Art Museum Community Gallery

This exciting exhibit features approximately sixty 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 the story of what happened in the garden.

Qué Chola

The Chola is a significant figure in the Latina imagination for the ways that she represents a feminine strength, power, and resilience in the face of racial, gender, and economic adversity. She is a figure that many young Latinas in the U.S. admire and emulate. The last few years have seen a surge in interest in the Chola as a figure and this exhibition will explore this dynamic from a feminist perspective through art and popular culture.

Eric J. Garcia: Presentation & Book Signing

6-8 pm

Known for mixing history with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia always tries to create art that is much more than just aesthetics. Born and raised in Albuquerque’s South Valley, Garcia received his BFA with a minor in Chicano studies from the University of New Mexico, then went on to complete his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has shown in numerous national exhibitions and his artwork can be found in the collections of The National Hispanic Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, The Art Institute of Chicago. Garcia is a versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from murals, to sculptural installations, to his controversial political cartoon series El Machete Illustrated, but all of his works have the common goal of educating and challenging.

Read more about Eric’s book here.

Free and open to the public

Sundays in the Museum: Exhibition tour with Brandee Caoba

2 pm

Join us for a tour of the exhibition, Because It’s Time, led by Brandee Caoba. About her artwork, Spiritus Mundi, Brandee writes, “Approaching this project from a universal perspective, I have come to recognize that we are all living under the same sky. We share an almost identical genetic code–regardless of skin color, hair texture, the color of our eyes, gender, sexual orientation, education, socio-economic background and ethnic or cultural identity. Not only does our genetic coding link us to each other, but it also links us to every other organism on Earth.”

Brandee will talk about her work as well as facilitate a conversation about the exhibition as a whole.

The event is free with the purchase of museum admission.

First Page to Last Page Reading of Bless Me, Ultima in the NHCC Art Museum

9 am to 8 pm

The National Hispanic Cultural Center will present a beginning-to-end reading of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed novel, Bless Me, Ultima. The reading will take place in the NHCC Art Museum where an exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición, enters its final month. Over 40 dignitaries, New Mexico authors, youth, adults and elders (including school students) will read, each for 15 minutes, between 9 am and 8 pm. The general public is invited to attend any part of the day-long reading as well as tour the exhibition before it concludes on November 11.

The reading is free and open to the public with museum entrance fee.

Some notable readers include the following. You can see the full list of readers and approximate times here. Please note that times may vary based on reading speed and that readers may move time slots.

  • ABQ First Lady Elizabeth Kistin Keller
  • Deputy State Historian Rob Martínez
  • Authors Enrique Lamadrid, Demetria Martinez, Levi Romero
  • UNM Faculty A. Gabriel Melendez, Anna Nogar, John Kessel and David Richard Jones
  • NHCC Executive Director, RebeccaAvitia
  • Executive Director, Opera Southwest, Tony Zancanella
  • Director of Cultural Services, CABQ, Shelle Sanchez
  • Kirsten and Scott Plunket
  • Española School Children

More about the exhibition:

The La Ultima Exhibición, curated by Augustine Romero, features visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya’s celebrated book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972)–a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II. Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a magical and moral journey in this novel that has inspired artists for decades. Romero curated a previous iteration of this exhibition in 2006 at the South Broadway Cultural Center and the NHCC Art Museum is thrilled to host the re-imagined version twelve years later. Featured artists include: Jesús “Cimi” Alvarado, George C’de Baca, Sylvia Ortiz Domney, Christian Michael Gallegos, Roberto Gallegos, Eric Garcia, Kristina Gonzales, Nacho Jaramillo, Al Na’ir Lara, Chisim Bernal Lujan, Oscar Lozoya, Chris Ray Melendez, El Moisés, Derrick Montez, Paloma Paz Nava, Gabriel Luis Powers, Chris Rivera, Rebecca H. Hernandez Rosser, and Catalina Salinas. Augustine Romero is an acclaimed visual artist and the curator of the South Broadway Cultural Center and the Kimo Theater for the City of Albuquerque.

Jugamos Juntos: Vamos Afuera—Who, Who Was Ultima’s Owl?

Thank you for your interest! This program is at capacity and won’t be taking any new registrations. 

10:30 am – 12 pm

Join us for Jugamos Juntos, summer family programming, on Saturday mornings during June and July from 10:30 am to noon. Each Saturday is a different topic and this week, you can come meet different live, non-releasable owls that live in and around the Albuquerque Bosque. Learn about what makes them special by observing and sketching these beautiful creatures! All Hawks Aloft birds have permanent injuries that keep them from returning to the wild.

Please pre-register (there is a limited number of spaces available): https://goo.gl/forms/1mk0uGSN0fqV8pSr1.

Free; $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists and to purchase supplies. For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us.

Sponsored by Molina Healthcare

Jugamos Juntos: Vamos Afuera—Ultima’s Garden

10:30 am – 12 pm

Join us for Jugamos Juntos, summer family programming on Saturday mornings during June and July from 10:30 am to noon. Each Saturday is a different topic and this week, you can explore seeds and plants. Help plant the NHCC herb garden, taste some tea, and make some plant-inspired art to take home.

Please pre-register (so we know how many materials to prepare): https://goo.gl/forms/1mk0uGSN0fqV8pSr1.

For more information please call or email Elena Baca at 505-246-2261 or ElenaD.Baca@state.nm.us

Free; $5 donations are encouraged to support the artists and to purchase supplies.

Family Tour with Ultima

2 pm

Join us for a family-friendly tour of the NHCC Art Museum exhibition, La Ultima Exhibición. All generations will gain new perspectives about art during this unique museum experience led by María Dolores Gonzales who represents Ultima’s perspective. María Dolores Gonzales is an artist and writer and runs a Spanish language immersion program in Northern New Mexico.

Admission: $6 for adults (17+); $5 for New Mexico residents (17+); free for youth 16 and under. Price of admission gains access to the entire museum so come a little early or stay a little late to see everything!

Performance in the Museum With Artist Eric-Paul Riege

2 pm to 3 pm

Join us for a performance in Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM with Eric-Paul Riege! Eric-Paul was born in 1994 in Gallup, New Mexico and lives there now. He is a weaver and performance artist who also creates what he calls, “wearable art”. Eric-Paul notes, “I am inspired by being present through my mind, body and beliefs. That happens through remembering my history and my people and my family—how it has gifted me my identity and worldview and craft.” Eric-Paul has two weavings on display in the exhibition and they are part of a broader performance piece that will take place in the museum on June 2nd at 2 pm. Altogether, the work is called let the Holy ppl watch over U and Me, weaving dance (fig. 2.) 
This event is free with the purchase of museum admission.