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The New Mexico State University Art Museum (UAM) continues major exhibitions through the spring and summer at Devasthali Hall, 1308 E. University Ave.
“Together Through as Within,” curated by Leslie Moody Castro, continues through March 11, along with “Ad Infinitum: Artists Against War and Imperialism,” curated by Joanna Matuszak, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of contemporary art history.
“Artists as Knowledge Carriers” will open Saturday, Feb. 4, and continue through May 6 at UAM. That show is curated by Rachelle B. Pablo of 516 ARTS, in consultation with Moody Castro. Pablo is with 516 ARTS art museum in Albuquerque, which is partnering with UAM on the exhibit.
“Together Through as Within” features the work of NMSU Department of Art staff and faculty.
“There are a lot of conceptual conversations happening both in their work and practices around the landscape, commodification, meditation, water, nature, destruction, and pollution,” said Moody Castro. “These are obviously really broad topics, but they are being touched on in various nuanced ways.”
“Ad Infinitum: Artists Against War and Imperialism” presents war-era posters and artworks from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection that address 20th century imperialism and its effects: militarization, the nuclear arms race, destruction of human lives and damage to the natural environment. The exhibit also highlights violence and methods of survival, which not only characterize wars, but are often enacted by children and adults in the form of games.
“Artists as Knowledge Carriers” features the work of art professors from NMSU, the University of New Mexico, Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.
Participating artists include Jamison Chas Banks (Seneca-Cayuga/Cherokee/Ioway), Stefan Jennings Batista, Craig Cully, Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe), Welly Fletcher, Motoko Furuhashi, Mayumi Nishida, Jazmin Novak (Diné), Daisy Quezada Ureña, James Rivera (Yaqui), Carissa Samaniego, Will Wilson (Diné) and Stephanie J. Woods.
This collaboration between the UAM and 516 ARTS is part of Desierto Mountain Time, a constellation of contemporary arts organizations in the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. The collaboration offers thematic programs with artists, educators, curators, activists and arts administrators whose dynamic practices integrate cross-border, regional and global issues.
UAM admission and programming are free and open to the public.
Visit uam.nmsu.edu and 516arts.org for biographies of participating artists and public programs related to the exhibitions at both museums. Also visit DesiertoMountainTime.org.