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
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
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
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:
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
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
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 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 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
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.
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 will highlight the past 50 years of public art in the region.
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
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.
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
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
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 is an exibition of photography by students from local high schools.
Everybody's Neighbor: Vivian Vance
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 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 is the Museum’s after school program in the arts for teens.
Focus on Youth
Focus on Youth is a juried exhibition featuring photography by local high school students.
Landscape Drawings from the Collection
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
A story of Albuquerque following the Civil War to the heyday of Route 66.
FOUR CENTURIES: A HISTORY OF ALBUQUERQUE
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
An exhibition of 26 prints from the Frank Speakman Collection of early aviation photography.