Highlights From the Collection

The UNM Art Museum is the largest fine art collection in New Mexico.  Look for a new gem each month.

Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955)
Tamarind Institute (American, established Albuquerque, 1970), publisher
Memento, 1997
Six-color lithograph, Tamarind Impression 1/3
30-1/8 x 44-1/8 inches
The Tamarind Archive Collection
© Kerry James Marshall

Guess What?

The lithograph Momento by Kerry James Marshall was created at the Tamarind Institute in 1997, the same year that he won a MacArthur “genius” grant. It depicts a black woman holding a vase of flowers, standing before a commemorative banner decorated with braid and fringe, mourning the assassinations of Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King and President John F. Kennedy. Nearly one third of the banner is obstructed by the bouquet, covering up the space where a portrait of Robert Kennedy could have been placed. These figures are the recognized martyrs of the Civil Rights era. Floating above the banner on golden angels’ wings is a series of photographic portraits of lesser known or contested victims – Malcolm X who was assassinated by members of the Nation of Islam; Black Panther members Mark Clark and Fred Hampton who were killed by Chicago Police; Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, Carole Robertson, and Denise McNair, the four teenage girls who perished in the bombing of a Birmingham church by the Ku Klux Klan; as well as Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney, Civil Rights workers found shot to death by Klansmen in Mississippi. Marshall makes the entire sheet of paper (measuring 30” x 44”) into a large memorial banner by running braid along the left side of the sheet from top to bottom. He thereby creates a new and expanded tribute to victims of the struggle for Civil Rights.

Kerry James Marshall is an American artist whose work counters the demeaning, undignified and relative absence of African American people in art. Committed to representation and the figure, Marshall literally paints black people into the art historical cannon, focusing his practice on the depiction of black skin. In his paintings, he carefully crafts a range of subtle black hues, indicating that blackness cannot be reduced to a single shade or experience. Utilizing the tropes of traditional portraiture and history painting, Marshall features African Americans in domestic and public spaces, living their lives and performing mundane activities.

November 2017’s Highlight

Manuel Alvarez Bravo (Mexican, 1902 – 2002)
Señor de Papantla (The Man from Papantla), 1934 – 1935
Gelatin silver print, edition 6/100
10 x 8 inches
Gift of Frederick and Elizabeth Myers
© Asociación Manuel Álvarez Bravo AC / © Archivo Manuel Álvarez Bravo SC

March 2017’s Highlight

Melanie Yazzie (Diné, b. 1966)
Winter in Albuquerque, 2011
29-1/2 x 39-7/8 inches
Gift of Shaurya Kumar
© Melanie Yazzie, Image Courtesy of Geistlight Photography


February 2017’s Highlight

Andrea Vicentino (Italian, c. 1542 – 1617)
The Judgement of Solomon, c. 1580
Oil on canvas
22 x 37 inches
The Albert A. Anella Collection in memory of Mia Anella

January 2017’s Highlight

D. Wilson
Parasite of Pig, c. 1855
Albumen photomicrograph
10 x 7-1/2 inches
Museum purchase

Novemeber 2016’s Highlight

Gerald Laing (British, 1936 – 2011)

Skydiver VIII, 1964
Oil and graphite on canvas
116-1/4 x 96 inches
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Findlay
© Estate of Gerald Laing, Image Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

December 2016’s Highlight

David Hare (American, 1917 – 1992)
Thirsty Man, 1946
31 x 12 x 7 inches
Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, with matching funds from the UNM Foundation, and the Friends of Art
© The Estate of David Hare, courtesy Weinstein Gallery

October 2016’s Highlight

Clinton Adams (American, 1918 – 2002)
Tamarind Institute (American, established Albuquerque, 1970)
Triad III, 1980
Color lithograph
The Tamarind Archive Collection
©The University of New Mexico Art Museum

September 2016’s Highlight

Kenneth Adams (American, 1897 – 1966)
Church at San Antonito, 1934
Oil on canvas
29-1/2 x 40 inches
Acquired through the Works Projects Administration (WPA) of the Federal Government

August 2016’s Highlight

Oli Sihvonen (American, 1921 – 1991)
Dialogue Spring, 1964 – 1965
Oil on canvas
72 x 52 inches
Museum purchase
© The Estate of Oli Sihvonen

July 2016’s Highlight

Nuestra Senora del Refugio (Our Lady of Refuge)
Mid-19th century
Paint on tin
13-1/2 x 10 inches
Gift of C. Andrew Sutherland in memory of Angia Rosa Sutherland

June 2016’s Highlight

Betty Hahn (American, b. 1940)
Untitled (woman in green house), 1972
Gum bichromate with colored thread embroidery on fabric
Purchase through the Julius L. Rolshoven Memorial Fund

May 2016’s Highlight

Unknown Maker, Bactrian Culture
Seated female figure, 2300 – 1600 BCE
Carved stone (most likely calcite and steatite)
Gift of Bernard F. Pracko II

April 2016’s Highlight

Utagawa Toyokuni III (Japanese, 1786 – 1865), attributed to, Samurai Holding a Sword, 1864, Color woodblock print, Gift of the Mandelman-Ribak Foundation, 2008.3.15

March 2016’s Highlight

Unknown photographerUntitled (Émile Zola photographing a doll, Verneuil-sur-Seine), c. 1897, printed c. 1975, Gelatin silver print, 3 x 2-1/8 inches, Gift of Jean Adhémar, 76.47

February 2016’s Highlight

Patrick Nagatani (American, b. 1945), Fin de Siècle, Bat Flight Amphitheater, Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico, from the series Nuclear Enchantment, 1989, Chromogenic print on Ilfocolor Deluxe paper, edition 2/24, 17 x 22 inches, Museum purchase, Julius L. Rolshoven Memorial Fund, 90.35.2, © Patrick Nagatani, Image courtesy of the Artist

January 2016’s Highlight

Julius L. Rolshoven (American, 1858-1930), The Chief (Pablo Suazo), c. 1918, 91-3/4 x 50 inches, Gift of Mrs. Julius L. Rolshoven, 64.25

December 2015’s Highlight

Georgia O’Keeffe (American, 1887 – 1986), White Flowers, 1926, Oil on canvas, 12 x 32 inches, Gift from the Estate of Georgia O’Keeffe, 87.21.2

November 2015’s Highlight

John Loengard (American, b. 1934), O’Keeffe’s Hand with Stone, 1966, Gelatin silver print mounted to card stock, 10-3/8 x 15-7/8 inches, Gift of Ray A. Graham III, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 2007.34.49, © Time, Inc.

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