PAST EXHIBITIONS

Albuquerque Museum has a strong reputation for providing some of the region’s most compelling exhibits. Here is a list of some of the past exhibits that have been on display.

View PDF of past exhibitions, 2000 - 2013.
 

Focus on Youth

Focus on Youth

Apr 30, 2016 to Jun 5, 2016

Annual juried exhibition of over 100 photographs by high school students in photography programs across the city. Works explore a variety of techniques including silver prints, digital photography, special techniques and artist books. Exhibition co presented by the Albuquerque Public Schools Fine Arts program and the museum.

New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America

New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft, and Art in Latin America

Jan 9, 2016 to Apr 17, 2016

Featuring more than 75 designers, artists, craftspersons, and collectives, "New Territories" surveys the innovative, cross-disciplinary collaborations and new directions in creative production that have been occurring throughout Latin America since 2000.

Funding to support educational programs for this exhibition provided by:
The Albuquerque Chapter of the Links, Incorporated
 


 

The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico

The Artistic Odyssey of Higinio V. Gonzales: A Tinsmith and Poet in Territorial New Mexico

Dec 19, 2015 to Apr 4, 2016

This exhibition traces the life of Gonzales and, for the very first time, explores his influence on music, poetry, and the arts in New Mexico.

Hard Edge Abstraction

Hard Edge Abstraction

Oct 15, 2015 to May 22, 2016

Hard Edge Abstraction:
Works on Paper from the Albuquerque Museum

We are invited by the art in this exhibition to ask simple but potentially challenging questions: what does this shape, in this color, feel like? What is the different energy of a diagonal line versus a vertical or horizontal line; a geometric shape versus an organic one?


Starting about 100 years ago, European artists developed a revolutionary approach to art making. Modern artists realized that painting (and printmaking) need no longer be confined to reproducing an illusion of the outside world. It could depict an “inner” world of feeling and emotion, imagined ethereal dimensions, or even just be about the process and mechanics of the work itself.


Hard Edge Abstraction was a global art movement that came to prominence in the 1960s. It had precedents in earlier modern art, and continues to influence artists today. In these works, you can immediately perceive the qualities these artists underscore and value: vibrant color hues, bold compositions, and direct simplicity. The absence of pictorial illusions prompts awareness of more immediate perceptions, and subtler sensations. We might even realize that “realism” is actually quite abstract, a mental trick; so-called “abstract art” can be considered much more literally “real.” The work is essentially just what it is.
 

Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman

Making it Modern: The Folk Art Collection of Elie and Viola Nadelman

Sep 5, 2015 to Nov 29, 2015

An exciting exhibition culled from the New-York Historical Society’s extraordinary trove of over 2,000 folk art objects acquired by the avant-garde sculptor Elie Nadelman (1882–1946) and his wife, Viola Spiess Flannery Nadelman (1878–1962). As the first major examination of Nadelman’s seminal role in folk art collecting, this exhibition will make a significant contribution to the field of folk art studies.

Meridiae by Lea Anderson: 2015 Artist-in-Residence

Meridiae by Lea Anderson: 2015 Artist-in-Residence

Jul 14, 2015 to Jul 1, 2016

For the fifth year, Albuquerque Museum has invited an artist to create a temporary intervention in the Museum’s lobby. In July 2015, Albuquerque artist Lea Anderson created a site-specific work of art on the north windows of the museum’s lobby. Anderson works in a variety of non-traditional sculptural materials including fiber and textiles, paper, and plastic.

With the formal geometric architectural grid of the lobby windows as a backdrop and framework, Anderson’s work brings a lively, colorful, organic vitality to this grand space. The installation Meridiae will remain on view at the museum through the Summer of 2016.

Public Selects: A Celebration of Albuquerque Artists

Public Selects: A Celebration of Albuquerque Artists

Jun 27, 2015 to Oct 4, 2015

Public Selects is an opportunity for the public to catch a rare glimpse inside local artist’s private studio spaces, and to play a crucial role in curating an exciting new exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum.

 Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

May 30, 2015 to Aug 9, 2015

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos gracing today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination.

Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque

Chasing the Cure to Albuquerque

May 24, 2015 to Apr 30, 2016

A grim pronouncement from one’s doctor at the turn of the century was tuberculosis. More than 80% of the American population was infected by the age of 20. The bacterial infection meant a search for any recommended cure, where there was none to be found. Many sufferers made their way to the American Southwest. The high desert climate and air was advertised as a panacea. Modern Albuquerque was built by the railroad steam engine and the engine of tuberculosis.

The Catholic Sister’s of Charity based at Mount St. Joseph, Ohio opened the first sanatorium and hospital in Albuquerque in 1902. The Mt. St. Joseph Sanatorium was soon followed by the Rev. Hugh Albert Cooper’s Presbyterian Sanatorium and the Methodist Deaconess Sanatorium among others. The legacy of these early “Sans” in Albuquerque is the state of the art medical care facilities we have today. The Photoarchive exhibit will feature images of the tuberculosis sanatoriums of Albuquerque as well as the patients and health providers.
 

Rad Gadgets

Rad Gadgets

Feb 21, 2015 to Jan 1, 2016

What the (bleep) is that? A Rad Gadget! Rad Gadgets will inspire visitors to explore the Museum’s collection of antique and vintage gadgets, with an eye toward recycling.

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art

Jan 31, 2015 to Apr 15, 2015

All Over the Map: The Ongoing Dialogue of Public Art will highlight the past 50 years of public art in the region.

Visualizing Albuquerque

Visualizing Albuquerque

Jan 31, 2015 to May 3, 2015

At the heart of the city-wide On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design exhibition collaboration, the Albuquerque Museum’s exhibition titled Visualizing Albuquerque, curated by Joseph Traugott, will investigate the unique history and present of central New Mexico art and serve as an umbrella for institutional partners.

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Gods and Heroes: Masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

Oct 11, 2014 to Jan 4, 2015

This rich overview of masterpieces from the École des Beaux-Arts—the original school of fine arts in Paris and a repository for work by Europe’s most renowned artists since the fifteenth century.

First American

First American

Jul 9, 2014 to May 30, 2015

Our newest Photo Archive show features images from an extravagant celebration of American Indian culture in the 1920s.

Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry

Native American Bolo Ties: Vintage and Contemporary Artistry

Jun 28, 2014 to Oct 12, 2014

Join us for a fun-filled exploration of the intriguing history of the bolo tie, New Mexico’s official state neckwear.

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: The Tom Golden Collection

Jun 14, 2014 to Sep 14, 2014

This unique collection of works of art by renowned artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude includes original drawings, sculptures, collages and photographs capturing the versatility, longevity and international scope of the duo’s extensive career.

Focus on Youth

Focus on Youth

May 3, 2014 to Jun 8, 2014

Focus on Youth is an exibition of photography by students from local high schools.

Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance

Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance

Mar 29, 2014 to Feb 1, 2015

Celebrate the life and times of one of Albuquerque’s most famous residents, the late Vivian Vance.

Behind Closed Doors:  Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 - 1898

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492 - 1898

Feb 16, 2014 to May 18, 2014

Behind Closed Doors explores the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century, focusing on the house as a principal repository of fine and decorative art.

Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture

Arte en la Charrería: The Artisanship of Mexican Equestrian Culture

Dec 21, 2013 to Mar 30, 2014

This exhibition emphasizes the rich legacy of tradition and valor, of honor and custom and of war and peace that surrounds the Mexican charro.

African American Art from the Permanent Collection

African American Art from the Permanent Collection

Nov 9, 2013 to May 18, 2014

This small installation in the Works on Paper gallery features drawings, prints, photographs, and paintings by African American artists who live in New Mexico, or have been inspired by the region.

African American Art in the 20th Century

African American Art in the 20th Century

Sep 28, 2013 to Jan 19, 2014

The exhibition presents 100 paintings, sculptures, and photographs by 43 African American artists from the premier collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, more than half of which are being shown for the first time.

Vernacular Architecture of New Mexico: Photographs by Robert Christensen

Vernacular Architecture of New Mexico: Photographs by Robert Christensen

Sep 21, 2013 to Mar 16, 2014

In 52 stunning black and white photographs, Belen based photographer Robert Christensen has documented in a spare compositional format, spontaneously designed buildings such as gas stations, garages, barns, bars, sheds, and shops.

Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection

Estampas de la Raza: Contemporary Prints from the Romo Collection

Jul 6, 2013 to Sep 29, 2013

More than 60 prints chronicling the Latino experience in the U.S. This survey of Latino and Chicano printmakers chronicles the late 1960s at the outset of the Chicano Movement to the confident expressions of the 2000s.

Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape

Changing Perceptions of the Western Landscape

May 19, 2013 to Sep 1, 2013

Changing Perceptions examines the revived interest in landscape by contemporary artists, demonstrating the power of the land to speak to the imagination.

Lead With the Arts: Project Dreamscape

Lead With the Arts: Project Dreamscape

May 11, 2013 to Jun 9, 2013

Lead with the Arts is the Museum’s after school program in the arts for teens.

Focus on Youth

Focus on Youth

Apr 28, 2013 to Jun 9, 2013

Focus on Youth is a juried exhibition featuring photography by local high school students.

Landscape Drawings from the Collection

Landscape Drawings from the Collection

Apr 27, 2013 to Oct 27, 2013

The first exhibition in the Museum’s new Works on Paper Gallery, this small installation highlights drawings and watercolors by artists including Seth Eastman, Samuel Colman, Raymond Jonson, Charles Burchfield, and Gene Kloss dating from the 1850s to the 1950s.

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920-1945

Feb 9, 2013 to Apr 21, 2013

Deco Japan: Shaping Art and Culture, 1920 - 1945

Deco Japan not only provides dramatic examples of the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated design long associated with Japan, it conveys the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taisho and early Showa epochs (1912-1945).

ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness

ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness

Sep 20, 2012 to Jan 6, 2013

The Museum is proud to be a host organization for ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness.
ISEA2012 (International Symposium on Electronic Art) is a symposium and series of events exploring the discourse of global proportions on the subject of art, technology, and nature.

ART OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS: THE J. BOURNE COLLECTION

ART OF THE ANCIENT AMERICAS: THE J. BOURNE COLLECTION

Jun 10, 2012 to Aug 26, 2012

Including 100 of the finest examples spanning geographic regions from northern Mexico to Chile, this exhibition, organized by the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, draws on three great traditions: Mesoamerica, Central America, and Andean South America. Objects include ceramic, jade and precious metals and represent major cultural traditions, among them Maya, Olmec, Aztec, Nazca and Colima.

MAJOR TREVANION TEEL AND THE CIVIL WAR IN ALBUQUERQUE

MAJOR TREVANION TEEL AND THE CIVIL WAR IN ALBUQUERQUE

Feb 19, 2012 to Jun 10, 2012

This exhibit relates the story of Confederate artillery commander Major Trevanion Teel and his role in the burial and subsequent unearthing of eight Mountain Howitzers in Albuquerque's Old Town Plaza. From the collection of The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and loans courtesy Dick and Betty Teel.

SOCIAL SATIRE AND COMMENTARY FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTION

SOCIAL SATIRE AND COMMENTARY FROM THE MUSEUM COLLECTION

Dec 18, 2011 to Apr 8, 2012

Drawn from the Museum's extensive holdings of works on paper, this exhibition will examine artists who comment on society by drawing attention to injustice or poking fun at the human condition. Most of these objects have not previously been exhibited at the Museum and include powerful works by Barton Benes, T.C. Cannon, Mexican master Jose Luis Cuevas, Harry Fonseca, Luis Jimenez, John Sloan, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith.
 

ALBUQUERQUE: ALONG THE RIO GRANDE

ALBUQUERQUE: ALONG THE RIO GRANDE

Nov 20, 2011 to Jan 19, 2014

Albuquerque: Along the Rio Grande features many of Albuquerque's beloved and iconic artifacts representing more than 700 years of history in the Central Rio Grande Valley.

HISPANIC TRADITIONAL ARTS OF NEW MEXICO

HISPANIC TRADITIONAL ARTS OF NEW MEXICO

Sep 18, 2011 to Jan 8, 2012

Since its founding in 1967, The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History has quietly built an impressive and diverse collection of Hispanic Traditional Art from across the state. This exhibition, celebrating masterworks and little known gems from the permanent collection of The Museum, will provide a broad reaching exploration of the historical development and contemporary new directions in Hispanic traditional art.

FACES FROM OUR PAST, FACING THE FUTURE: ALBUQUERQUE AND THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY

FACES FROM OUR PAST, FACING THE FUTURE: ALBUQUERQUE AND THE TURN OF THE 20TH CENTURY

Jul 31, 2011 to Feb 26, 2012

This exhibition features prints made from a collection of glass plate negatives by the Cobb family of photographers that was recently acquired by The Museum. The collection, found in its original custom crates and individual glass plate boxes dating from the late 1800s, was originally discovered in the 1960s in an Albuquerque Bekins storage unit.

ALBUQUERQUE CELEBRATES 2012

ALBUQUERQUE CELEBRATES 2012

Jul 31, 2011 to Feb 26, 2012

Part of The Museum's "Celebrating the New Mexico Centennial" programming, this exhibition relates some of the major events taking place in Albuquerque around the time New Mexico became a state, including the 1908 National Irrigation Conference, the first aeroplane flights at the Territorial Fairgrounds, presidential visits to Albuquerque, and the ratification of the New Mexico State Constitution at the Alvarado Hotel. The exhibition will also feature examples of New Mexico's official emblems including the state cookie (biscochito), state neckwear (bolo tie) and state symbol (Zia sun symbol).

RECENT ART ACQUISITIONS

RECENT ART ACQUISITIONS

Jul 24, 2011 to Oct 3, 2011

As an investment for future generations, The Museum actively acquires works of art from the American Southwest and works that have influenced artists in this region. This installation will highlight objects that have been acquired by The Museum in the last few years.

GRONK – “LIVE” INSTALLATION

GRONK – “LIVE” INSTALLATION

Jul 19, 2011 to Feb 5, 2012

The Museum was pleased to host the internationally renowned artist Gronk as he painted a site specific and temporary wall painting inside The Museum. For two weeks in July, Gronk created a monumental mural in front of Museum visitors who were able to interact and engage with him as he painted.  His mural willl be available to view until February 2012.

A NEW LIGHT ON TIFFANY: CLARA DRISCOLL AND THE TIFFANY GIRLS

A NEW LIGHT ON TIFFANY: CLARA DRISCOLL AND THE TIFFANY GIRLS

May 8, 2011 to Aug 21, 2011

Louis Comfort Tiffany was one of the most recognized designers of his time in decorative arts, especially in stained glass. However, some lamps, windows and other decorative objects which were originally thought to be designed by Tiffany himself are now recognized as designed and executed by a special group of women who worked for Tiffany at the turn of the 20th century.

SENSORY CROSSOVERS: SYNETHESIA IN AMERICAN ART

SENSORY CROSSOVERS: SYNETHESIA IN AMERICAN ART

Feb 7, 2011 to May 29, 2011

The artists include such luminaries as Charles Burchfield, Arthur Dove, Joseph Stella, Georgia O'Keeffe and Adolph Gottlieb, showcased alongside the extraordinary talents of lesser-known painters such as Agnes Pelton, Raymond Jonson, Louis Ribak, Teresa Bernstein and Clyde Connell. The substantial catalogue by Sharyn Udall brings alive Synesthesia's intellectual underpinnings, documenting the varied formal and expressive purposes these crossovers have served for American painters.

 A PASSIONATE LIGHT: POLAROIDS BY H .JOE WALDRUM

A PASSIONATE LIGHT: POLAROIDS BY H .JOE WALDRUM

Jan 30, 2011 to Apr 10, 2011

A premiere exhibition that examines the artist’s way of looking and thinking in an exhibition comprised of hundreds of Waldrum’s one-of-a-kind Polaroid images capturing his surroundings. The exhibition will be augmented by prints and paintings by Waldrum from The Museum’s collection, created with the assistance of his Polaroid views of the world.

ALBUQUERQUE'S NEW TOWN

Nov 22, 2009 to Nov 22, 2011

A story of Albuquerque following the Civil War to the heyday of Route 66.

FOUR CENTURIES: A HISTORY OF ALBUQUERQUE

FOUR CENTURIES: A HISTORY OF ALBUQUERQUE

Aug 21, 2009 to Oct 23, 2011

This on-going exhibit depicts the history of Albuquerque and its surrounding region. Topics to explore include early maps, arms and armor, Spanish weaving, colonial life, vaqueros, and trade routes such as El Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail. This comprehensive exhibition allows students to “walk through history.” Four Centuries is a portrayal of Albuquerque history that supports district standards in social studies and promotes appreciation of our cultural heritage.

SHIPS ON THE LINE: ALBUQUERQUE AND THE GOLDEN AGE OF AVIATION

Apr 16, 2009 to Oct 3, 2011

An exhibition of 26 prints from the Frank Speakman Collection of early aviation photography.