Image credit: David Alfaro Siqueiros, “Naturaleza Viva,” 1963. Oil on board, 23 ¼ x 29 ¼ in. Gift of Elaine and Arnold Horwitch. Courtesy of Arizona State University.
If you find yourself on the road over the summer you will find a number of contemporary art exhibitions in the larger Southwest. Works by Mexican masters or collections featuring regional woman artists make up some of the current or upcoming exhibitions I found while looking around PtD's RESOURCE page. Tips on where to roam the West for art is after the jump.
Phoenix Art Museum
In the Company of Women
July 7, 2018 to August 12, 2018
Women artists get center stage.
From the release: "On the heels of the #MeToo movement and in light of growing awareness of gender inequality in many contexts, including art museums, 'In the Company of Women' will feature approximately 50 works in Phoenix Art Museum’s collection created exclusively by women. This exhibition invites visitors to see these iconic works in a new light, simultaneously questioning and transforming our perspective on what, and why, we consider great art."
Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire
October 6, 2018 to January 13, 2019
Traveling exhibition highlighted with over 200 artifacts from the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.
From the release: "Teotihuacan was the first, largest, and most influential metropolis on the American continent. In its heyday between 100 B.C. and 650 A.D., the city encompassed an area of 20 square kilometers with a population of more than 150,000. Both the inhabitants of Teotihuacan, its original name, and why the city was abandoned around 650 A.D. are still unknown. When the Aztecs, coming from the north in the first half of the 14th century, discovered its abandoned ruins on the Mexican Central Plateau, they named it Teotihuacan, the place where gods were born, and used it as the setting for their own creation myth."
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Refik Anadol: Infinity Room
Through September 30
"Infinity Room" was first presented at the 2015 Istanbul Biennial.
From the release: "In this immersive installation by Turkish-born, Los Angeles-based artist Refik Anadol, museum guests will step into a mirrored room that uses light, sound and technology to create a three-dimensional kinetic and architectonic space. The installation uses projection mapping to conceive a constantly changing virtual landscape — an imagined environment that attempts to merge the space between the physical and the virtual. The work is as experiential as it is thought provoking; the resulting experiment invites viewers to question their own perception of place and self."
Lydia Okumura: Situations
Through September 30
Featuring a recreation of "In Front of Light." an installation that earned Okumura a prize in the 1977 São Paulo Biennial.
From the release: "This is the first solo museum exhibition of the Brazilian-born artist that showcases her dynamic installations, indoor and outdoor sculptures, and works on paper. The exhibition, spanning two galleries, is a survey of Okumura’s career, with work dating from 1971 through today. Known widely in Brazil for her spatially engaging work, Okumura remains under-recognized in her adopted country of the United States. She actively challenges viewers to question their perception of space through works that blur the line between two and three dimensions. Using simple materials such as string, glass and paint, her artworks balance line, plane and shadow."
Tucson Museum of Art
James Davis: A Tribute
July 5 – September 16, 2018
Four decades of work from a beloved artist who was once a University of Arizona art professor.
From the release: "The paintings and works on paper by Tucson artist James G. Davis (1938-2016) are personal narratives that rely on autobiography for their inspiration. Dark and mysterious, Davis’s works are imbued with an inexplicable sense of impending doom, yet wryly humorous in their conveyance of familial drama. The intentional uneasiness in his interior scenes derives from his claustrophobic spaces, while the tension in his figurative works set in nature are apparent in the juxtaposition of the figure to land or sea."
Julie Buffalohead (Ponca), The Snake Clan, 2018. Oil paint on canvas; 60 x 84 in. Courtesy of Julie Buffalohead and Bockley Gallery.
Denver Museum of Art
"Eyes On: Julie Buffalohead"
July 29, 2018 through January 20, 2019
An exhibition that includes new works of life experiences and ancestral knowledge.
From the release: [Julie] Buffalohead uses metaphors, iconography, and storytelling narratives in her artwork to describe emotional and subversive American Indian cultural experiences, and often analyzes the commercialization of American Indian cultures. Buffalohead frequently includes animals as subjects, and her eclectic palette and whimsical subjects evoke a childlike innocence.
ASU Art Museum
Bajo Presión/Under Pressure
Through July 14, 2018
Curated holdings reveal the art treasures that can be found in the Southwest.
From the release: "Early and mid-20th century Mexican art is characterized by a powerful blend of politics and revolutionary spirit, pre-Columbian and indigenous art influences, and modernism in both art and life. Drawn from ASU Art Museum’s collection, 'Bajo Presión/Under Pressure' features paintings and prints by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, Leopoldo Méndez and Rufino Tamayo among others."
University of Arizona
Subject to Change: An Evolution of Women Printmakers
Through August 26, 2018
Printmaking collection showcased.
From the release: "The twentieth century was a significant time in the development of printmaking techniques and technologies, and the increase of women’s participation in the artistic practice. Culled predominantly from the Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition will explore some of the most technically brilliant female printmakers and highlight their contributions to the field of printmaking."
Santa Fe Center for Contemporary Arts
Ricardo Mazal: A 15 Year Survey
June 8 - September 23, 2018
A survey works of spanning from 2003 to 2018.
From the release: "Mazal’s unique paintings and his use of photography and digital technology to conceive them, demonstrate his research and thinking which trace the grand themes of life, death and spiritual transformation around the globe through diverse and seemingly disparate sources. His paintings, photographs, video installations and publications reflect his unique view of the world we inhibit and humanity’s relationship to its habitat."
Joerael Elliott: A Clip of Petals
Through August 5, 2018
A search to "extract loving resistance."
From the release: " 'A Clip of Petals' is a visual commentary on the pressing issue of gun control, mass shootings and the environment. Joerael [Elliot] has cultivated a colorful bouquet of imagery to tell this complex visual narrative on destructive culture. In the work, he has utilized his background in style-writing “graffiti” to structure flora paintings as a representation of lives lost in American mass shootings. He will install a temporary mural on the north wall of the Cinematheque Gallery as part of his Mobilize Walls project. The mural will be in direct relation to the hanging flora paintings.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Frederick Hammersley: To Paint Without Thinking
Through September 9, 2018
Items from Hammersley’s archives at the Getty Research Institute share space with works from the collections around the West.
From the release: "A showcase of the American artist’s sketchbooks, notebooks, inventories, and vibrant color swatches to illuminate the systematic process he used to create his lively hard-edge geometric paintings. The presentation in New Mexico, where the artist lived from 1968 until his death in 2009, will be expanded by a dozen additional works from New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection."
Patrick Nagatani: Invented Realities
Through September 9, 2018
Nagatani uses sly narratives to speak of social issues, particularly the atomic bomb.
From the release: "Photographer Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017) didn’t just take pictures, he made pictures. While most art photographs are the result of careful choices about subject, framing, lighting, and other factors, Nagatani went to even greater lengths to get the picture he wanted. With experience working in Hollywood special-effects and an MFA from UCLA, the artist began creating models and constructing scenes specifically for the camera in the mid-1980s."
Larry Bell, maquette for Venice Fog sculpture, courtesy of Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.
Larry Bell: Hocus, Focus and 12
June 9 - Sunday, October 7, 2018
Besides being an anchor for contemporary art, and featuring artists like Larry Bell, The Hardwood is home to a collection of works by Agnes Martin.
From the release: The exhibition is guest-curated by noted photographer Gus Foster, a longtime friend and collaborator of the artist – they have shared adjoining studios in Taos since 1976. Foster and Bell have selected work from Bell’s Taos studio and from the seventy-four works by the artist in the Harwood Collection.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
July 28, 2017–July 7, 2019
Reminding us Native spiritualism us a source of inspiration for contemporary art.
From the release: " 'Action/Abstraction Redefined' features paintings and works on paper from the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) permanent collection created in the 1960s and 1970s. The artists in this exhibition challenged stereotypical expectations of Indian art by experimenting with American modern art movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field and Hard-edge Painting combined with art influences from their own cultural heritages."
Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
Buster Graybill: Informalism
Through September 8, 2018
The current exhibitions are intriguing contemporary works.
From the release: " 'Informalism" centers itself in the principles and aesthetics of Modernism (a rejection of previous art movements and a focus on materials and processes to produce forms rooted in abstraction). Graybill’s sculptures, installation, and lawn chair strap paintings “…celebrate the formal nuances and conceptual potential of objects and materials often tucked away in garages, found on the shelves of sporting goods stores or loaded in the bed of a pickup truck for a weekend vacation. Exploring Modernist tendencies through a rural working class perspective, the work challenges perceived notions of value and hierarchies imposed on objects of ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture. Like a miner panning for gold, I sift through my environment with a playful but discerning eye, finding beauty, humor, poetry and value in the sediment of everyday life.”
ABOVE: Gig Depio
“Through the Muddy”
2017-18 480” x 144”
Oil on Canvas
An Online Arts Journal
February 2 – March 31, 2019
and Gallery Talk:
Sunday, February 10, 2019,
4 p.m.–7 p.m.
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