Spring 2015 Exhibitions Open On February 20th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

This Art is Not Mine: The Jonathan Abrams and Fay Pfaelzer Abrams Art Collection

On view in the Main Gallery
February 21 – May 23, 2015
with an opening reception, Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*

Curated by Kymberly Pinder, Ph.D., Interim Director, University of New Mexico Art Museum, and Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of New Mexico

As a gallerist and a cardiologist who were passionate about art and how it can transform people, collectors Fay and Jonathan Abrams shaped Albuquerque’s art scene through their philanthropy and their friendships. This exhibition surveys what they gave to UNM during over two decades of supporting artists.

Ace in the Hole: The Legacy of Peter Walch

On view in the West Gallery
February 21 – May 23, 2015
with an opening reception, Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*

Curated by Joyce Szabo, Ph.D., Interim Curator, University of New Mexico Art Museum, and Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico

An inveterate poker player, Peter Walch was Director of the University Art Museum from 1985 to 2001. His ace in the hole was the growth in the museum’s holdings during those years with 7,279 works entering the collections. A portion of that legacy includes pieces by Albuquerque artists on exhibit here.

Pure Feeling: Raymond Jonson in Albuquerque, 1934–1978

On view in the Jonson Gallery
February 21 – May 23, 2015
with an opening reception, Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*

Curated by Ray Hernández-Durán, Ph.D., Interim Curator, University of New Mexico Art Museum, and Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico

Raymond Jonson began his career at the University of New Mexico in 1934 but it wasn’t until 1950 that he relocated from Santa Fe to Albuquerque where he mentored numerous artists, produced many of his best-known paintings, and cultivated a vibrant arts scene. This broad ranging exhibition provides a glimpse at Jonson’s life and work during these pivotal years.

The Changing Face of Portraiture

On view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery
February 21 – May 23, 2015
with an opening reception, Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*

Curated by Art History graduate and undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico, under the direction of Susanne Anderson-Riedel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern European Art

The Changing Face of Portraiture explores the ways prints and photographs from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries promoted and manipulated identities in Europe and the United States while writing its histories. Identities are malleable, constructed by both the artist and sitter. Looking at the physical nature and the use of printed portraits, this exhibit reflects on how these images constructed public and private personas.

Conventionally, portraits reflect the likeness of people. This exhibit challenges this customary view, asking: What is the role of portraiture? What are the parameters that define a portrait? The selection of images exhibited in the gallery proposes the understanding of portraiture primarily as a reflection of identity, which can be attributed to people, but also to monuments and regions.

Connectivity: The 21st Annual Juried Graduate Exhibition

On view in the Clinton Adams Gallery
February 21 – May 23, 2015
with an opening reception, Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*

Juried by James K. Ballinger, The Sybil Harrington Director, Phoenix Art Museum

There is a palpable charge in the studios of the art department graduate students. The best art is always personal at its core, but there must be a visceral reaction for the viewer. The 20 artists selected connected to my sensibility for creativity, conjecture, craft and communication.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum

Main Image:
Meridel Rubenstein (American, b. 1948) Paul, Annabelle, and Paula Medina, Chimayo, ’68 Chevy Impala from the series The Lowriders – Portraits from New Mexico (detail), 1980, Chromogenic print, 9 ½ x 13 ⅜ inches, Gift of Fay Pfaelzer Abrams and Dr. Jonathan Abrams, University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque, 2014.21.43, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography

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