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NMSU Art Museum offers interactive, online performance programs


“ALONE/TOGETHER” is a new online series of performative programs associated with the exhibition Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 (“Labor”) at the University Art Museum (UAM), located on University Avenue near the intersection with Solano Drive.

The link is https://uam.nmsu.edu/alone-together/.

“During this unprecedented and challenging time we all find ourselves in, UAM has decided to rethink what ‘community’ means in a world where suddenly the majority of human connections are being forged and sustained online,” said UAM Director Marisa Sage.

“ALONE/TOGETHER” is a curated series of online Saturday programs created by the UAM in collaboration with artists and programming partners from “Labor,” Sage said in a UAM news release.

“Many of these projects have developed from existing programs that were slated to take place in the museum exhibition, including live performances, pre-recorded video and experimental community programs led by artists in our community,” Sage said.

“Although the museum exhibition is temporarily closed, we feel even more committed to sharing the voices of artist mothers and to reach out and support mothers and parents locally, regionally and now globally,” she said.

Here are upcoming online UAM events you can watch and/or participate in live:

  • “ART practice/MOTHER practice ALONE / TOGETHER,” is a writing and performance project. Join UAM for a live reading performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at www.nmsu.zoom.us/j/667823090. The performance is by ART practice / MOTHER practice, a New Mexico-based group that meets monthly “to read critical and personal writing, reflect and write about their experiences of art and motherhood, and create a supportive community for each other,” UAM said. The artists were asked to reflect on their personal experiences for the readings, which they will perform via Zoom. The final product will be a video displayed on uam.nmsu.edu.
  • A reading of Lenka Clayton “Mothers’ Days” will be a live performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25. Pre-register at www.nmsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/uJAsce2gqzMt3a4oGESku4TeinVtW8iigQ. The reading will be from Clayton’s artist book, published by an artist residency especially for “Labor.” UAM is seeking 15 readers to sign up to read aloud from the book in 15-minute shifts for the performance. “Our hope is to coordinate an ongoing chorus of the daily lives of mothers,” Sage said. You can join the Zoom to listen or read. Email Sage at misage@nmsu.edu to choose a passage and to sign up for a time slot to read. The book is available free at www.artistresidencyinmotherhood.com/idlikemothersdaysplease.
  • “Shelter in Place,” a collaborative photography project by artist Joey Fauerso, began Saturday, April 11, and is ongoing online at the UAM website. It is “a community-sourced collection of pillow forts and shelters built by confined families all over the world. Viewers’ “shelters” can join a collection of images that will be displayed digitally and ultimately in print form. Shelters can be any size, made from any material and inside or outside. Until May 11, send pictures of your shelter, along with your ‘shelter builders,’ where you live and a title or material list if you wish to misage@nmsu.ed to be included in the project. As submissions are received, they will be posted on the UAM Instagram account (@nmsuartmuseum). The final piece will be a printed poster which archives the work, and its date of completion will be announced.

Here are UAM events that are online:

  • Little Labors (which first aired Saturday, April 4, and remains online) is a video performance by sculptor Jessica Jackson Hutchins. Visit uam.nmsu.edu/LittleLabors. Filmed at UAM on the opening night of “Labor: Motherhood & Art,” Feb. 28, 2020, Hutchins and three dancers from the NMSU Kinesiology Department turned three of Hutchins’ internationally exhibited works (“Sap,” “Deviled Eggs and Red Wine” and “Lascaux Reprise”) into a performance installation. The dancers act as stand-ins for mothers and children, wearing, dancing and experimenting with Hutchins’s abstract clay sculptures during an improvisational performance.
  • “Let’s Crash Together” by Joey Fauerso began with a live video performance Saturday, April 11. Inspired by the work “You Destroy Every Special Thing I Make” and in response to the instability of current times, the exhibit helps visitors to “build something impermanent with your children (or on your own), something made from objects from your homes that can be knocked down,” Sage said. The April 11 meeting will be recorded and a video made available at uam.nmsu.edu.

UAM is rescheduling “Mama Create-ups” comprehensive series of programming associated with “Labor.” This educational series targets regional moms and partners with UAM’s OutsmART children’s workshops. Visit uam.nmsu.edu for further updates on series.

Additional programming events will be announced as they are scheduled. Visit the UAM website and social media outlets for updates.

Contact Sage at misage@nmsu.edu. Visit https://uam.nmsu.edu/.