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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Building a Sense of Wonder - 6/2/2015
    third grade she stopped going to school completely I climbed a tree and watched the other kids Aubin recalled The tree turned out to be a less than perfect hide out Once I was found out the principal put me into a special program a pilot program which was an art class she said Because I could draw I found my niche Aubin s mother encouraged her daughter sending her to other art classes offered in Carson City where she grew up I loved it she recalled While in elementary school Aubin also discovered museums In the sixth grade we went to San Francisco to see the King Tut exhibit at the de Young Memorial Museum in Golden Gate Park Her class also visited the California Academy of Sciences nearby I just fell in love with the science academy Aubin said Aubin even earned the money necessary to take that trip In an interview with Rick Romancito The Taos News arts editor Aubin described herself as a curious fiercely independent teenager maybe a bit wild but one willing to work hard I worked after school from 13 on to help support me and my single mom she said Like many people who grow up in a small town Aubin wanted a bite of the Biggest Apple of them all After high school she headed to New York where she attended the State University of New York at Stony Brook I set out to be an art critic I studied with Donald Kuspit Aubin said But the distinguished art critic and art historian urged Aubin to return to the studio She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Masters in Education from the University of Nevada at Reno where her father was a professor When she graduated Aubin worked a variety of jobs including stints as a wait person and a receptionist She also volunteered as a docent in the Nevada Museum of Art There she learned she had a gift My teaching skills became evident I guess it was in my blood My parents were educators she said Aubin taught in the public school system in Utah where she learned the value of exposing young minds to the larger world through museum visits After five years in the public school system Aubin began her career as a museum art educator Since then she has worked at the Seattle Art Museum as Museum Educator for School and Educator Programs the Utah Museum of Fine Arts and most recently at the University of New Mexico s Harwood Museum of Art in Taos where she served as Director of Museum Learning and Public Programs Aubin is also a board member of the New Mexico Foundation for Human Enrichment She s served as a consultant for the Smithsonian the Utah Humanities Council National Docent Symposium and the Utah Heritage Foundation What does she do in her spare time I am an artist Aubin said In her interview with The Taos News Aubin described

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Deserving of an Encore - 5/15/2015
    that I didn t have the temperament to be a freelancer Having discovered that it was fun to have money Martha with a Kermit the Frog watch strapped to her wrist headed west I didn t necessarily want to move back to Colorado but I wanted to be closer to my family I worked for the Santa Fe Opera the summer before I started graduate school so I had a real good feel for the city she said Like many who come here she wore several hats at first I worked for a law firm and a landscaper Typical Santa Fe she said laughing After rattling around for a while I decided I should resurrect my MFA Her educational background qualified her to apply for a job listed at the time by the state personnel system as a Museum Specialist I It was a career strategy a horizontal career move going from one art to another she said It s very rare for somebody to start a position and keep in that profession their entire working life They go back and forth and up and down Working in America is complicated and eclectic You have to be flexible Martha was just that flexible and energetic I signed up as a volunteer for everything I had a resume in my back pocket I took museum study classes at the University of New Mexico Over the next few years Martha worked with the curator for contemporary art at the Museum She worked with the Museum of New Mexico Foundation the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture She juried three shows the old fashioned way using slides and she hung shows three times When the job she currently holds opened up Martha quickly applied It was the big one She s has not regretted that decision It s thrilling for me to be in a position where I am taking care of such an important performance space It s been an honor she said When my friends from New York came into the St Francis Auditorium their jaws would drop I managed to come full circle which is astonishing Because of her duties and commitment to the St Francis Auditorium Martha has become deeply involved in the community Weddings are held in the auditorium receptions in the patio There are anniversary cocktail parties and dinners she said I also organize and run public education programs and gallery talks The Museum is not the only institution that actively uses the auditorium We re a lecture venue for the O Keeffe Museum Because their seating capacity is small when they need a bigger venue they come to us Martha said Las Golondrinas uses us as a downtown lecture space as well as the School of Advanced Research We often collaborate with other museums including the Museum of Contemporary Native Art IAIA Throughout the year the auditorium is filled with beautiful music The groups that perform include The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Santa Fe Pro

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Take a Long Look - 5/1/2015
    I did at the age of nineteen Block had great teachers Geoff Winningham head of photography at Rice University and Anne Wilkes Tucker longtime Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston who also taught at the University of Houston From the beginning Block recalls that she knew immediately that she had a good eye even though she hid the negatives of her first series of photographs Those photographs were of Block s mother Bertha Alyce and all of them were photographs of her mother in the nude I was trying to figure her out Block says See if I could possibly learn to relate to her She was very much a narcissist and ill suited to be a mother The photographs of Bertha Alyce and she didn t mind having her pictures taken while nude were eventually published in a book Bertha Alyce Mother exPosed By then Bertha Alyce had died and through her photography Block had come to terms with the complicated mother daughter relationship Block s first photographic project involved taking photographs at Temple Beth Israel in Houston where her family worshipped Block was somewhat critical of the values in the affluent Jewish community where she was raised Before snapping the shot Block conducted a lengthy interview with each person thus making the sitting a collaborative affair I loved the way people sounded when they were talking about their lives she says Gay Block Jane Elyse and her daughters Lynn and Joan Houston Negative 1976 print 2013 From the series Jews of Houston Pigment print Courtesy of the artist As the project proceeded Block came to understand and like her subjects These people s values were formed from anti Semitism They had a tough time being a success Block says I learned from them not to judge people on face value because each of us comes from a different place which governs the choices we make for our own lives Block also took photographs at the Jewish Community Center in Houston where she learned about close knit families unlike her own She also travelled to Miami where she photographed elderly Jewish people who spoke Yiddish and sang Yiddish songs while sunning themselves on the beach Indeed Block s subjects loved life despite their restricted circumstances Many survived on Social Security alone Block is perhaps best known for her 1992 series Rescuers Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust Block and writer Rabbi Malka Drucker interviewed 100 Christians in Europe who risked their lives to rescue European Jews during World War II Elderly now the rescuers refused to call themselves heroes They couldn t say why they did it and they didn t understand why everyone didn t do it They did what they felt they had to do regardless of how dangerous They were compassionate They cared about humanity Block says Gay Block Helene Jacobs Germany Negative 1988 print 2013 From the series Rescuers Portraits of Moral Courage in the Holocaust Pigment print Courtesy

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - California Connection - 4/15/15
    1950s to the 1970s This work depicts the change in style from East Coast abstract expressionism towards more minimal and geometric abstraction As a result of their work California artists moved from the backwater to center stage nudging New York artists to move over at least a tad California had rightfully earned the right to shine in the international art world also Many of these artists had ties to New Mexico Richard Diebenkorn for example attended the University of New Mexico Lee Mullican had a place in Taos and representation at a Taos gallery Joann and Gifford Phillips who lived in California actively supported the contemporary art scene in the Golden State In the sixties the Phillips bought a place in Santa Fe and began to live here part time Once they arrived the Phillips began collecting New Mexico art which like some of their earlier California pieces were gifted to the Museum These particular New Mexico works created in the 1980s represent the second time period in the exhibit During this period Santa Fe became known for its contemporary artists as well as the more familiar traditional Southwest art often associated with the area Like the art created in California during the 50s 60s and 70s this period denotes a seismic shift in the art scene especially in Santa Fe but also New Mexico Both periods reinforce the notion that the West is uninhibited and creative The artists represented in the Material Matters are John Altoon Greg Card Max Cole Richard Diebenkorn Ynez Johnson Matsumi Kanemitsu Frank Lobdell Jay McCafferty Allan McCollum John McLaughlin Edward Moses Lee Mullican Peter Plagens Hassel Smith Emerson Woeffler Tom Wudl Garo Antreasian Ron Cooper Allan Graham Richard Hogan and Eugene Newmann Art on the Edge a second exhibit on display at the Museum

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Sylvano Bussotti’s Graphic Music Notation - 4/1/2015
    composers who are actually the same person Italian composer Sylvano Bussotti b 1931 has been a rather controversial figure in contemporary music His scores are unconventionally notated and tend to draw from his experience as a painter set designer costume designer and poet In contemporary music circles Bussotti is notorious for producing rich and complex graphic scores that defy all laws of tradition and academicism In the above excerpt from Pieces de Chair II 1970 Bussotti includes obvious nods to the notational practices of American composer John Cage but the score also contains absurdities such as O Mathematiques severes whiting out a series of notes perhaps in reference to the irrational rhythms of Brian Ferneyhough and Michael Finnissy who were emerging at the time and shared a similar emphasis as Bussotti on unorthodox notation by way of complexity and calculation or nostalgia di casa which roughly translates as homesick and leaves one completely clueless as to the reasoning behind the inclusion of this phrase Images like these are characteristic of Bussotti s compositions and it is this ambiguity that has made his scores so memorable The second example comes from the set 5 Piano Pieces for David Tudor written for the genius champion of avant garde piano music The score indicates that all notes should be very soft in intensity always The three sections of music indicate durations of 30 15 and 45 seconds This type of score is something for an interpreter to negotiate and approach in one s own unique manner It is possible that Bussotti innately knew that David Tudor would be completely capable of turning his design into a beautiful auditory experience Bussotti s major contributions to music notation were made between the 1950s and 1970s just before contemporary music became obsessed with stylistic pretensions such

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Clouds for Comment / Diane Rosenblum - 3/15/2015
    can see it every night Diane Rosenblum Untitled I think there is just too much negative space 2010 printed 2012 pigment print 29 7 8 x 39 15 16 in Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art Gift of Foster Goldstrom 2012 2012 29 1 Diane Rosenblum s Clouds for Comment series literally invites viewers to take more time with the photo and create their own opinion In the spirit of our culture s seemingly never ending fascination with social media Rosenblum originally posted her photos on flicker for guests to view and comment eventually adding the text to their corresponding images The result is a curious game of hide and seek Upon initial glance her photos appear to be nothing more than an amazing shot of pure sky but stay a while and notice the text within Words sharing the opinion of the aforementioned flickr surfers make these images something to spend time with Diane Rosenblum Untitled only thing bad i would have to say is that one cloud in the foreground top left it was out of your control 2010 printed 2012 pigment print 29 7 8 x 40 in Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art Gift of Foster Goldstrom 2012 2012 29 2 It is exceptionally gutsy that Rosenblum created a live forum for the public to share their opinion and her courage is only amplified as her pieces incorporate text that is not all flattering The pieces on display at NMMA use the text I think there is just too much negative space and only thing bad i would have to say is that one cloud in the foreground top left it was out of your control Rosenblum is not choosing her words to boost her ego or cause viewers to applaud her

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Don’t Be Fooled by That Dusty Boot - 3/1/2015
    said There will be a mix of styles a broad overview and interesting art work The work will be exhibited in a manner that will highlight different artists points of view For example Vendelin plans to place a Stuart Davis black and white painting near an Agnes Martin painting that features pale delicate colors I ll argue that Davis is doing black and white to control the expanse of space she explained Davis didn t want to simply report on what he observed He was a modernist He wanted to flatten and abstract Prior to arriving in New Mexico Agnes Martin painted in black white and brown Vendelin said So for Martin being here really opened her up and changed what she was doing Martin is not the only artist whose work shifted under the New Mexico skies Sheldon Parsons a very successful portrait artist back east abandoned that genre and took up landscape painting Vendelin added that changes in E Martin Hennings work as a result of living in New Mexico also will be evident in the exhibit which will total 73 pieces of art Ceramicist Eddie Dominguez will give a gallery talk this summer at the museum Colors of the Southwest at the Museum of Art runs from March 6 September 13 2015 Other Must See Exhibits On Museum Hill Museum of International Folk Art The Red That Colored the World New research and original scholarship explores the history and widespread use of cochineal an insect based dye that produces brilliant reds Use of the dye originated with indigenous peoples of the Americas before the arrival of Columbus and then spread throughout the world Visitors will be able to see cochineal bugs and their camouflage May 17 through September 13 2015 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Turquoise Water Sky The Stone and Its Meaning For more than a thousand years people in the Southwest have used turquoise for jewelry and ceremonial purposes and traded valuable stones both in and outside the region In this exhibition the museum s vast collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry will be highlighted All aspects of the stone ranging from geology mining history authenticity and value will be examined On display through May 2 2016 Museum of Spanish Colonial Art Blue on Blue Indigo and Cobalt in New Spain Blue was an integral part of the colonial world Found in images of the Virgin Mary household blankets ceramics and friar s tunics this exhibit will explore the use and importance of blue dyes and pigments in colonial life and its continued popularity in the traditional arts of today A diverse collection of stunning pieces will demonstrate the ubiquitous popularity of blue over the centuries May 8 2015 through April 2016 Santa Fe Botanical Garden Monarch Orange Takes Flight The newest member of Museum Hill is a garden full of diverse plants that celebrate our region s rich botanical heritage For the Summer of Color orange will predominate in the container gardens on view

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Where is the Art? - 2/15/2015
    artist was participating in SITE Sante Fe s seventh International Biennial in 2008 there was a public uproar over the proposed demolition of the 19th century C A Fabregas y de Caralt factory on the outskirts of Barcelona Inspired by this outpuring of support Anson decided to take the building to New Mexico by building a replica of it for the SITE exhibition Similar to the situation with the original building the people here became attached to the piece and decided to keep it after the SITE exhibition ended Thus it was given to the New Mexico Museum of Art for our permanent collection However the site specific piece was never intended to last permanently and our repsonsibility as a museum requires us to preserve the objects in our custody When it came to the museum s attention that it needed a lot of conservation staff consulted Anson and decided together that it would be best to demolish it in its current state and leave open the possibility of rebuilding it Anson explained the art is not in the bricks Rather it is the idea of making this scaled down model of the Spanish flour factory The object itself is

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