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Exhibitions

Please Enjoy and Return: Bruce Conner Films from the Sixties

HINDSIGHT / INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection

Deep Time Lab with Nina Elder


Events

Please Enjoy and Return: Bruce Conner Films from the Sixties
February 8, 2019 – May 4, 2019

Curated by Mary Statzer, Curator of Prints and Photographs UNM Art Museum

It is difficult to categorize the boundary-breaking, multi-media trajectory of American artist Bruce Conner (1933 – 2008). Constant change and a wide-roving, obsessive curiosity are perhaps two constants in Conner’s work, which ranges from assemblage to drawing, painting and sculpture to conceptual art and experimental film. Connected as he was to revolutionary and counter-cultural movements like the Beat poets and punk music scene, it is unsurprising that Conner worked consistently to undermine easy classification schemes and definitions of his own artistic production.

Deep Time Lab with Nina Elder
February 8, 2019 – May 11, 2019
Clinton Adams Gallery.

Deep Time Lab is an experiment in how we situate ourselves within time. Throughout the Spring 2019 semester, this project will orient participants to earth’s new geologic epoch, the Anthropocene. Defined by human impact, urgency, and unprecedented change, this era reveals that there is not a single, predictable future. History is a story that can be retold and revised. What will be is being scripted right now. Deep Time Lab seeks new connections between past, present, and potential futures, by exploring time as a language, a measure, an art medium, a social context, a scientific principle, a spiritual space, and a cultural expression. Over the course of three months, artist in residence Nina Elder will host students, community members, and visiting collaborators to foster interdisciplinary experimentation. The Lab will allow for evolution and cross-pollination between ongoing inquiries and responses.

Through UNM Art Museum’s inaugural creative-in-residence program, local artist Nina Elder utilizes the upper gallery as a participatory studio and laboratory (rather than exhibition space) to engage UNM students in collective and creative research processes. The residency is situated as a site for critical thinking, experimentation, and co-creation. Through this project, we are holding space for new ideas to form. The goal is to foster open-ended, multi-vocal and evolving content alongside our students and partners.

HINDSIGHT / INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection
August 24, 2018 – TBD
Main Gallery

Opening Event, Friday, August 24, 4:00-7:00 PM

Curated by Mary Statzer, Curator of Prints and Photographs UNM Art Museum

HINDSIGHT / INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection, highlights over 50 artworks acquired since the museum was founded in 1962. This is the first in an ongoing series of exhibitions and programs celebrating the University of New Mexico Art Museum’s dedication to developing a teaching collection.

The exhibition focuses primarily on international art movements of the 1960s and 70s including Pop, Minimalism, Conceptual Art and California Funk. Visitors will discover the museum’s rich holdings from this era by artists such as Robert Arneson, Joan Brown, Judy Chicago, Bruce Conner, Luis Jiménez, Bridget Riley, Ed Ruscha, Robert Ryman and Andy Warhol.

Also on view are modernist works by artists who have strong connections to the university and New Mexico. The selections by Clinton Adams, Rebecca Salsbury James, Raymond Jonson, Georgia O’Keeffe, Agnes Pelton, Florence Miller Pierce and Horace Towner Pierce acknowledge the contributions these artists made to New Mexico’s artistic heritage.

Though the art historical importance of the objects in HINDSIGHT / INSIGHT is noteworthy, this exhibition encourages critical thought and conversation on the role of university museums and the practice of art collecting. It is an exhibition that asks where art objects come from, why they look the way they do and how they earned their place within the museum walls.

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