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, aims 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 Peruvian the 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

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.

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.

The Qué Chola Photo Board will be displayed in the exhibition and is an opportunity to honor the Cholas in our lives, past and present, by sharing photos of homegirls showing off their style and pride.

If you have a photo you’d like included on the photo board you can send them to us. And if you send them before March 8, they will be part of the Qué Chola! opening reception. For more information on how to share, click here.

Artists:

Adriana Avila and Benjamin Avila
All Chola
Amy Martinez, Kari Orvik, and Vero Majano
Andrew Montoya
Antonia Fernandez
Arthur López
Blackout Theater
Jesús “Chuy” Rangel
Crystal Galindo
David Gonzales
Delilah Montoya
Eddyrose
Gaspar Enríquez
iLash
Judith F. Baca
Miguel Gandert
Nancy Camacho
Nanibah Chacon
Pamela Enriquez-Courts
Póla López
Rebekah Miles
Shizu Saldamando
Valerie J. Bower
Vibiana Aparicio-Chamberlin
Vicko Alvarez Vega
Zeke Peña

Thank you to Roybal-Mack & Cordova, P.C. and the NHCC Foundation Board for their generous support of this event and exhibit.

And special thank yous to Marble Brewery for creating a new beer, Chicanisma–a delicious dark Mexican lager–that will be available at the reception and all of their taprooms! And Rude Boy Cookies for providing custom cookies for dessert!

NHCC Art Museum Closed for Renovations Jan. 28 to Feb. 25

The NHCC Art Museum is getting a fabulous new entrance! In order to maintain safety and protect the artwork, the museum will be closed between January 28 and February 25, 2019. The Art Museum will reopen in time for the opening reception for its upcoming exhibition, Que Chola!, which will take place on Friday, March 8, 6-9 pm. 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

During the time the museum is closed, visitors can still see Mundos de Mestizaje, Frederico Vigil’s fresco depicting thousands of years of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic history, every Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 pm or by scheduling an appointment by calling 505-383-4774.

Braceros Exhibit

This exhibition features more than 30 black and white photographs of braceros taken by the photojournalist collective known as the Hermanos Mayo. It also uses narratives, video and artifacts to tell the story of the Bracero Program. The program grew out of a series of bi-lateral agreements between Mexico and the United States, bringing Mexican men to the United States as guest-workers on short-term, primarily agricultural labor contracts. In 1942, these workers came to remedy wartime production shortages by supplying much-needed labor during the early years of World War II.  The Bracero Program, which derived its name from the Spanish word for a manual laborer, “bracero” continued uninterrupted until 1964. During this extensive program, 4.6 million contracts were signed, with many individuals returning several times on different contracts, making it the largest United States contract labor program. An examination of the exhibition images, documents, and artifacts contributes to our understanding of the lives of migrant workers in Mexico and the United States, as well as our knowledge of immigration, nationalism, labor practices, and race relations.
This exhibit is free and open to the public 

Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM

Art Museum hours and prices HERE

Now, you can also purchase the catalog for this incredible exhibit.

Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM examines race and identity in New Mexico and is a space for artistic expression that grapples with the complexities of who we are, how we are understood, and how that impacts the way we live (or don’t) in a variety of places.  The exhibition features approximately 26 newly created artworks by artists with different experiences in New Mexico alongside works from the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum’s permanent collection. All of the artworks delve into  race and place through an intersectional lens alongside gender, sexuality, class, nationality, citizenship status, etc. from local, national, and international perspectives.

This museum exhibition included much contemplation by the Visual Arts program staff and interns about what it might look like to create an exhibit that relinquished a bit of institutional control and placed it in the hands of the artists. Many of the works were not seen in their completed form until just weeks before the opening. The process continues to be a learning experience and the hope is to maintain an environment of openness and education, for the staff and our visitors, even after the exhibition closes.

We are so honored to work with this amazing group of artists.

Invited artists include: Adelina Cruz, Adriana Ortiz-Carmona, Apolo Gomez Autumn Chacon, Aziza Murray, Baochi Zhang, Brandee Caoba, Corey Pickett, Cynthia Cook, Earl McBride, Ehren Kee Natay, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Eric-Paul Riege, Erin Currier, Fatemeh Baigmoradi, Grace Rosario Perkins, Hamed Marwan, Jami Porter Lara, Jessica Chao, Joanna Keane Lopez, John Boyce, Lucrecia Troncoso, Monica Kennedy, Nanibah Chacon, Rose B. Simpson, and Zahra Marwan.

Artists from the permanent collection include: Ana Laura de la Garza, Annie Lopez, Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASARO), Carlos Cortéz, Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, Delilah Montoya, Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Eric J. Garcia, Ester Hernández, Jason Garcia, Nicolás de Jesús, Noni Olabisi, Pamela Enriquez-Courts, Rosana Paulino, Rupert Garcia, Scherezade Garcia, Vincent Valdez, Yreina D. Cervantez.

Artwork credits: Clockwise from upper left: Corey Pickett, Las Mujeres (1 of 3), 2018. Wood, foam, fabric, repurposed purses. Approximately 83” h. x 108” w. x 6” d; Zahra Marwan, The desert knows me well, the night, the paper, and the pen (1 of 2), 2018. Watercolor and ink on paper. Two panels, approximately 11” h. x 15” w. each; Erin Currier, New Mexico Guadalupe, 2018. Mixed-media collage and acrylic on panel. Approximately 48” h. x 36” w; Ehren Kee Natay, Listening, 2018. Digital photography and  dye-sublimation on aluminum. Approximately, 30” h. x 24” w.

High School Art Exhibit: Opening Reception

2 pm – 4 pm

This exhibit, which runs through May 14, will feature artwork created by students from Albuquerque High School and Volcano Vista High School in response to the beloved novel by Rudolfo Anaya, Bless Me, Ultima (1972). The students’ work, also inspired by the novel, compliments the artwork featured in the NHCC Art Museum La Ultima Exhibición, which runs through November 11, 2018.
Free public event

Opening Reception for People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements

Opening Reception: 5:30 pm
History and Literary Arts Building
Exhibition Dates: April 6 – October 19, 2018

Curated by Humans of New Mexico, this exhibition opens the day before our annual Recuerda a Cesar Chavez Festival and features photo portraits and first person stories of everyday New Mexicans and their experiences in social movements. The intent of the exhibition is to engage community in conversation about the ways social movements have shaped and defined New Mexico and the way New Mexicans have influenced social justice work beyond our state borders. There is a rich tradition of social justice initiatives in New Mexico. These serve as unique case studies promoting grass-roots, distinctive solutions based on the philosophy of people power. This exhibit is a community-wide effort to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and voice the everyday practices of resistance. Agency through testimonials is at the heart of “People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.”

People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements

Curated by Humans of New Mexico, this exhibition features photo portraits and first person stories of everyday New Mexicans and their experiences in social movements. The intent of the exhibition is to engage community in conversation about how social movements have shaped and defined New Mexico and how New Mexicans have influenced social justice work beyond our state borders. There is a rich tradition of social justice initiatives in New Mexico. These serve as unique case studies promoting grass-roots, distinctive solutions based on the philosophy of people power. This exhibit is a community-wide effort to capture the complex issues that affect our communities and voice the everyday practices of resistance. Agency through testimonials is at the heart of “People Powered: New Mexicans and Social Movements.”

The Art of Christmas: New Mexico Style

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This exhibit features approximately 430 handmade ornaments by more than 125 New Mexican artists that have been collected by the Duran family (Matt, Jeanette, and their son Gabriel) over nearly 20 years. Matt and Jeanette began collecting Christmas ornaments in 2000 and there first tree was only 4 feet tall. Now, the ornaments are displayed on a number of trees in their home including one that is 15 feet tall. You can explore this impressive collection in the NHCC Art Museum between December 2, 2017 and January 7, 2018.