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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - New Mexico Sunrise – 5/19/2011
    and artistry New Mexico Sunrise was a welcome addition to the over 20 000 works currently in the Museum s collection However it creates a unique challenge in regards to its long term care We cannot treat it the same as a painting A musical instrument is a functional object designed and crafted to be at its best when played regularly This is at odds with most of the other objects in the collection which need to have as little direct interaction as possible in order to last So in light of this object s unique needs the Museum created a policy to allow invited musicians to play the guitar at public performances The first such event occurred on May 16 when New Mexico received the America s Best License Plate Award from the Automobile License Place Collectors Association At a ceremony hosted at the New Mexico History Museum State Folklorist Claude Stephenson played New Mexico Sunrise to a dignitary packed audience that included Governor Susana Martinez and Cultural Affairs Department Secretary Veronica Gonzales Stay tuned for news regarding future performances of New Mexico Sunrise New Mexico Sunrise isn t the only unique artwork in the collection Check out more

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Forecast Cloudy - 1/12/2011
    of New Mexico are so irresistible to artists as well as to the rest of us As Photography Curator I can certainly attest to enduring appeal of this state s landscape to photographers What do you think of when you imagine New Mexico One of the images foremost in my mind is open stretches of sky punctuated by a dizzying variety of cloud formations That motivated me to look at the museum s collection to see how clouds and the sky have been portrayed by photographers over the years The result of my findings will go on view in mid January with the formal opening and public reception on the evening of February 4 Many of the pictures are of storm clouds because of their heightened visual drama but artists also gravitated toward a solo cirrus cloud in an empty sky or the big spun sugar variety Come see us rain or shine and check out the January issue of New Mexico magazine their annual photo contest issue which features a group of luscious skyscapes by grand prize winner Leah Robertson of Albuquerque above image Paul Caponigro b 1932 Near Dixon New Mexico 1977 Gelatin silver print Gift of Gil

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Francis Frith - 10/29/2010
    photographer Francis Frith well known for his early photographs of Palestine and Egypt Since Frith is playing dress up in this photograph it seemed an appropriate selection for Halloween Spurred by religious feelings Frith traveled to the Near East in 1856 with the idea of making a series of images of biblical sites Positive critical reception to the work resulted in two additional extended trips in 1858 and 1859 This self portrait was published by Frith in 1859 as a frontispiece to his two volume Egypt and Palestine a collection of seventy six photographs from his travels where it appeared as Portrait Turkish Summer Costume 1857 In writing about this image the photography historian Gordon Baldwin suggests that Frith s pointed dating of the image was probably intended to establish his credentials as one of the earliest photographers working in the region Citing the importance placed on the veracity of the photographic image at the time Baldwin speculates that the inclusion of the self portrait in the publication was meant as hard evidence that Frith had indeed visited the lands he photographed Frith is known to have made three self portraits in this costume each with a different backdrop and props and Baldwin notes that he most likely made the series in England in 1857 after his first expedition Though the photographer carefully identifies the clothing as Turkish Summer Costume Baldwin s research indicates that Frith never visited Turkey and thus the attribution most likely resulted from imprecise distinctions between the cultures inhabiting the Ottoman Empire For more information see Roger Fenton Pasha and Bayadère by Gordon Baldwin Getty Museum Studies on Art 1996 especially the chapter Eastern Photographs and Artistic Applications pp 53 57 above Francis Frith British 1822 1898 Self Portrait in Turkish Summer Costume 1857 albumen photograph

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Show Us Your Boots! - 5/25/10
    our website With this blog entry we begin Over the next few days I will continue to post the boots and their wearers boot stories Check out them out on the Show Us page We want you to join us for the fun and Sole Mates fresh look at art in New Mexico We will have a series of great events over the summer in conjunction with the Sole Mates show so check back with our website for details You can also sign up for our e newsletter for announcements of events And yes we will host more Show Us Your Boots events and at that point we plan to move the pictures to Flickr so we can see boots and hear stories from around the world above The boots of Joseph Traugott Curator of Sole Mates Cowboy Boots and Art Sole Mates Cowboy Boots and Art has been one kick of a show At the opening on May 15 we asked visitors to Show Us Your Boots Little did we know that 112 boot wearers would show us their stuff We are processing all the photos taken by Ellen Zieselman Education Curator and putting them up on our website With this blog entry we begin Over the next few days I will continue to post the boots and their wearers boot stories We want you to join us for the fun and Sole Mates link to webpage fresh look at art in New Mexico We will have a series of great events over the summer in conjunction with the Sole Mates show so check back with our website for details You can also sign up for our e newsletter for announcements of events And yes we will host more Show Us Your Boots events and at that point we

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Anne Noggle - 5/5/2010
    from 1970 1976 while also working as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico One of Noggle s most significant contributions to the field of photo history was the show she organized with San Francisco Bay Area photographer Margery Mann Women of Photography An Historical Survey The exhibition which premiered in San Francisco in 1975 before traveling to this museum and then to Milwaukee and Wellesley Mass was a groundbreaking survey of women s contributions to the medium from its inception up to the 1970s The accompanying book became an important reference and an inspiration for young artists Noggle who had served as a U S Airforce captain before turning to photography also wrote and illustrated For God Country and the Thrill of It 1983 a book about women Air Force pilots in World War II Noggle is known for her portraiture especially of the elderly and her self portraiture including pictures of herself recovering from a facelift and nudes made when she was in her seventies A gathering after the death of her uncle stimulated her interest in portraits I looked up at these people and saw their faces and I loved what I saw I saw beauty in their expressions and in the people they were the artist told reporter Beth Castro of the New Mexico Lobo Oct 11 1989 Asked about her self portraits Noggle said People tell me that the photographs of me are not in any way flattering They are not meant to be They are supposed to be real interview with Anne Wilkes Tucker Art Journal 1993 The museum is pleased to have in its collection a group of seventy of the artist s photographs Vertical Stance is included in the 2010 exhibition Sole Mates Cowboy Boots and Art exhibition For more

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Treasures from the Vogel Collection - 2/26/10
    Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection Fifty Works for Fifty States the Vogels decided to donate fifty pieces from their collection to one institution in each of the fifty states Fortunately the New Mexico Museum of Art was selected as the recipient for our state Through my research of this collection I have become especially fond of one of the works A Visible Sounds a work on paper by Edda Renouf In this work I am drawn to the juxtaposition of the simple process with which the work was made and the artist s preoccupation with rendering invisible and intangible forces visible In Renouf s artist statement she states that her work often relates to the four natural elements time and memory and that of sound and music In A Visible Sound s Renouf incised the paper then covered a rectangular area with a cloud of blue and gray pastel The raised edges of the incised lines in the paper are saturated with the pastel and from this matrix of lines the color flows and dissipates outward towards a thin graphite border Through this process I believe Renouf meditated about air and water and about the harmony between the lines and pigment as a visible manifestation of aural harmonies At the bottom of this work is written in graphite for Herb and Dorothy best wishes for 1978 love Edda This note adds a very personal and sentimental quality to the work and I am thankful that it has come to stay here in New Mexico A Visible Sounds is one of three works by Renouf given to the Museum through this program and one of over seventy works by the artist in the The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection Fifty Works for Fifty States program of the fifty states Fortunately the

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Happy 100th Birthday! - 11/24/09
    and was identified with the Communist political party Publicly ostracized and finding it difficult to survive financially Mr Rogovin turned to the camera as his primary vehicle for expression His commitment was he says to represent the forgotten people of the world He is best known for his series of images capturing the struggles as well as the vitality of a neighborhood on the lower west side of Buffalo New York and returned over several decades to photograph some of the same people The two pictures illustrated here depict the same couple photographed in 1974 and again in 1984 In 2008 Wes and Julie Nichols made a generous gift to the museum of twenty five of Mr Rogovin s photographs the first works by the artist to join the collection A small selection will be included in the exhibition New Arrivals Works from the Collection February 12 April 4 2010 Mr Rogovin we salute you in your centenary year not only for your accomplishments but also for your great empathy toward humankind More information about Milton Rogovin is available on his website http www miltonrogovin com right Untitled from the series Lower West Side 1972 Milton Rogovin American b 1909

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  • New Mexico Museum of Art - Moving an Obelisk – 9/29/2009
    museums and from private individuals in order to create exhibitions It is one of the jobs of the registrar to implement these loans In this case that meant flying to Washington D C to oversee the installation and the deinstallation of Scholder s Obelisk Weighing in at 1500 lbs this sculpture required a lot of careful planning and skilled people to move it across country Cranes were required at both ends of the move as well as specially trained art movers Working in D C on the Mall required additional considerations We had to close one of the streets which is why we had to start so early not to mention unsuccessfully trying to beat the heat of the day After taking over 5 hours to remove the sculpture from the concrete pad where it had been secured and pack it in a custom crate Obelisk started its 36 hour ride to Santa Fe I flew back to Santa Fe the next day in order to meet the truck on the other end Since Santa Fe streets are as difficult to traverse as those in Washington D C it was another early morning for me The installation at the Museum took just under two hours Obelisk is now back home in the West Sculpture Garden where it should stay for many years to come Interesting facts about Scholder s Obelisk After unsuccessfully trying to buy an Egyptian obelisk Fritz Scholder decided to create his own The hieroglyphics inscribed on the side were randomly placed there by Fritz Scholder The only real words are the names of Fritz and his then wife Ramona Scholder had their names translated into hieroglyphics while in Egypt There is a cat image on Obelisk representing Scholder s cat at the time Obelisk was cast in

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