William Warder (1920 Guadalupita, New Mexico - 1999 Albuquerque, New Mexico) Night on Central Avenue 1946 oil on canvas, 32 x 38 in. Museum purchase, 1987 General Obligation Bonds
Jan 31, 2015 to May 3, 2015
On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design is a city-wide cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by an array of partnering organizations. Starting in January 2015 and continuing through the spring and summer, public institutions join private galleries to present exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programming that investigate the diverse art of the greater Albuquerque region. This event places a comprehensive focus on art and design created in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, contemporary to the earliest aesthetic objects created in the region.
At the heart of this 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. Traugott says, ”Albuquerque artists found their own artistic voice after World War II and transformed a western boom town into a thriving art center. This exhibition demonstrates how an influx of modern-minded Californians moved to Albuquerque and changed the city by unleashing the creativity of local artists. The resulting abstract works broke with traditional New Mexico scenes. By including women and their concerns, ethnic perspectives, popular culture subjects, and political content after 1980, Albuquerque artists synthesized an aesthetic that shunned commercial trends. Visualizing Albuquerque revels in the region’s diverse artists and reveals how their distinctive fusions have bridged aesthetic divides and cultural rifts.”