Southwest Contemporary

Southwest Contemporary is the leading resource for arts and culture in the Southwest. Southwest Contemporary is the leading resource for arts and culture in New Mexico.

We publish curated and critical perspectives on contemporary arts and culture in New Mexico and the greater American Southwest, support New Mexico artists and arts organizations through our print and digital platforms and resources, and host local arts events and workshops. In print since 1992.

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01/13/2022

In Chris Roberts-Antieau's series The Art of Play, girls go on adventures, commune with animals, and activate the magic and joys of childhood and nature.⁠

Roberts-Antieau's intricate works in embroidery each feature her signature illustrative style and range from joyful, irreverent scenes to images inspired by myth and folklore. View more at the link!⁠

We are grateful to count Antieau Gallery—which has locations in Santa Fe and New Orleans—as one of our supporters and advertisers! 🙏⁠

https://antieaugallery.com/

Image: Chris Roberts-Antieau, Trust, from the series The Art of Play, thread painting and fabric appliqué, 47.5 x 37.5 in. Ed/3.

In Chris Roberts-Antieau's series The Art of Play, girls go on adventures, commune with animals, and activate the magic and joys of childhood and nature.⁠

Roberts-Antieau's intricate works in embroidery each feature her signature illustrative style and range from joyful, irreverent scenes to images inspired by myth and folklore. View more at the link!⁠

We are grateful to count Antieau Gallery—which has locations in Santa Fe and New Orleans—as one of our supporters and advertisers! 🙏⁠

https://antieaugallery.com/

Image: Chris Roberts-Antieau, Trust, from the series The Art of Play, thread painting and fabric appliqué, 47.5 x 37.5 in. Ed/3.

In a Secret Airport Tunnel, Mysterious Mosaics Shine in the Dark 12/20/2021

In a Secret Airport Tunnel, Mysterious Mosaics Shine in the Dark

Did you know that there is a secret tunnel at the Albuquerque International Sunport? It's lined with largescale mosaics that have been off-limits since the tunnel was decommissioned in the 1980s. SWC's news editor recently scored an exclusive tour.⁠

“We don’t know who did this or why,” said Stephanie Kitts, a public information officer. ⁠

Learn more and see more images at the link:

In a Secret Airport Tunnel, Mysterious Mosaics Shine in the Dark In a secret, decommissioned tunnel at the Albuquerque International Sunport, nobody knows the origins of stunning mosaic artworks.

Work in Progress with Terry Maker 12/17/2021

Work in Progress with Terry Maker

“Getting to the meat” is a phrase Colorado-based artist Terry Maker often uses to describe her signature pieces—aggregations of castoff materials, heavily compacted and then reshaped into circles and other geometric forms.⁠

“I felt like, I’m gonna come and I’m gonna go, and I’m gonna be kind of cast off. I started thinking, ‘Let’s get to the very core of this feeling.’ And that’s when I started getting in and digging and cutting and rooting” with found materials, Maker says.⁠

Learn more in our latest "Work in Progress" studio visit at the link:

Work in Progress with Terry Maker Colorado artist Terry Maker investigates the potential of discardable items—papers, markers, straws, even candy—by transforming them, through arduous processing, into ethereal yet witty wall reliefs and other objects.

Master Santeros Conserve 1830s Works by José Rafael Aragón 12/16/2021

Master Santeros Conserve 1830s Works by José Rafael Aragón

A team of master santeros led by Gustavo Victor Goler are at work conserving 1830s-era works of José Rafael Aragón at the San Antonio de Padua church in the tiny New Mexico village of Cordova. ⁠

Steve Jansen recently spoke with Goler, an award-winning artist and authority on New Mexico devotional arts, about the work involved with stabilizing and preserving the natural pigments and materials, which have begun to flake apart.⁠

Learn more at the link:

Master Santeros Conserve 1830s Works by José Rafael Aragón Master santeros conserve the devotional works of José Rafael Aragón at the San Antonio de Padua church in Cordova, New Mexico.

Review: Poetic Justice at the New Mexico Museum of Art 12/13/2021

Review: Poetic Justice at the New Mexico Museum of Art

In Poetic Justice at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Mildred Howard's sculpture Square Meal highlights a relationship between the idea of wealth (or sustainability) and its access, one of many themes around social justice that the exhibition examines through the work of Howard, Judith F. Baca, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. ⁠

Read Caroline Picard's review of the exhibition (now through June 19, 2022) at the link:

Review: Poetic Justice at the New Mexico Museum of Art In Poetic Justice at the New Mexico Museum of Art, works by Judith F. Baca, Mildred Howard, and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith are on display.

Arizona’s Black Theatre Troupe Evolves Amid its Fiftieth Season 12/09/2021

Arizona’s Black Theatre Troupe Evolves Amid its Fiftieth Season

For years, Phoenix's Black Theatre Troupe has performed Black Nativity, a retelling of the classic nativity tale written by Langston Hughes, a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance. ⁠

Founded in 1970 and now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Black Theatre Troupe traces its roots to social unrest and civil rights struggles of the mid-twentieth century and the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and early 70s.⁠

Looking ahead, the Troupe is introducing important changes, such as increasing its online presence, partnering with other arts groups, and addressing mental health.⁠

Learn more about this incredible organization at the link:

Arizona’s Black Theatre Troupe Evolves Amid its Fiftieth Season The Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix marks its fiftieth season milestone—and considers making changes moving forward.

12/09/2021

Judy Tuwaletstiwa: Source, Process, Transformation opens December 11 with a reception 3-5 pm at Pie Projects in Santa Fe. ⁠

Tuwaletstiwa's memories and personal experiences create a complex web of inspiration. Materials (from Latin, mater, mother) become keepers of collective truths passed down through generations or through encounters with strangers. ⁠

"Source refers to the fountainhead of a river or stream. Process signifies a journey. Transformation means to change form, as in metamorphosis," the artist says of the exhibition title. The show will remain on view through January 22, 2022. ⁠

Learn more https://pieprojects.org/pages/current-show.

Image: Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Untitled, 2021, 72 x 48 in, glass, fiber, and acrylic on canvas.

Judy Tuwaletstiwa: Source, Process, Transformation opens December 11 with a reception 3-5 pm at Pie Projects in Santa Fe. ⁠

Tuwaletstiwa's memories and personal experiences create a complex web of inspiration. Materials (from Latin, mater, mother) become keepers of collective truths passed down through generations or through encounters with strangers. ⁠

"Source refers to the fountainhead of a river or stream. Process signifies a journey. Transformation means to change form, as in metamorphosis," the artist says of the exhibition title. The show will remain on view through January 22, 2022. ⁠

Learn more https://pieprojects.org/pages/current-show.

Image: Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Untitled, 2021, 72 x 48 in, glass, fiber, and acrylic on canvas.

Review: AH’-WAH-NEE at UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery 12/07/2021

Review: AH’-WAH-NEE at UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery

AH’-WAH-NEE brings together Indigenous women artists from the Southwest region in an exhibition on the traditional lands of the Paiute nation at UNLV College of Fine Arts’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery. Curated by artist and activist Fawn Douglas (Southern Paiute) (whose work is pictured), AH’-WAH-NEE evokes themes of motherhood, environmentalism, materiality, memory, and family.⁠

Read Laurence Myers Reese's review of the show on view through December 10 at the link:

Review: AH’-WAH-NEE at UNLV’s Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery AH’-WAH-NEE brings together Indigenous women artists throughout the Southwest at Donna Beam Gallery at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Hops in the Desert: Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. 11/23/2021

Hops in the Desert: Bow & Arrow Brewing Co.

Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., founded by Shyla Sheppard (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) and Missy Begay (Diné), is the first Native women-owned brewery in the country. ⁠

In our latest issue, Daisy Geoffrey spoke with Missy about the values that drive their beer brand: responsibly sourced plant ingredients, authentic storytelling, and inspiring the next generation of craft brewers.⁠

Featuring original photography by Brandon Soder.⁠

Hops in the Desert: Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. Bow & Arrow Brewing Co., the first Native women-owned brewery in the country, has created a genuinely Southwest-centric beer brand.

Remembering the Future at the Heard Museum 11/22/2021

Remembering the Future at the Heard Museum

In "Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art," the Heard Museum’s new exhibition tells the story of an artistic movement that is often left out of the broader story of American art.⁠

American Indians have used graphical representations to record events and honor spiritual beings for thousands of years. It wasn’t until the 1920s, though, that intentionally created fine art became part of the vocabulary.⁠

“The Native American fine-art movement is left out of the general conversation about the history of American art,” says David M. Roche, Dickey Family Director and CEO at Heard. “This exhibition highlights how it has contributed.”⁠

Learn more at the link:

Remembering the Future at the Heard Museum In Remembering the Future: 100 Years of Inspiring Art, the Heard Museum’s new exhibition tells the story of an artistic movement that is often left out of the broader story of American art.

11/22/2021

In SWC’s Spring-Summer 2022 issue, we will look at collectivity and collaboration in art throughout the Southwest. ⁠

Artistic practice can be, more often than not, a team effort. Artists who work and live closely together often find their practices overlapping. The worlds of dance, theater, music, and film offer a paradigm of collaborative production, with many actors and behind-the-scenes artists playing different roles. ⁠

SWC invites artists, artist couples, partnerships, collectives, performing arts companies, and interdisciplinary teams residing and working in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mexico, Texas, and Utah to submit work in any media related to the theme “Collectivity + Collaboration.”⁠

This call will be juried by Darren Jones, an art critic, editor, and educator based in New York and Florida. He is the U.S. editor-at-large for New Art Examiner and a frequent contributor to Artforum. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Darren teaches Curatorial Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.⁠

Learn more at the link:
https://southwestcontemporary.com/call-for-artists/

In SWC’s Spring-Summer 2022 issue, we will look at collectivity and collaboration in art throughout the Southwest. ⁠

Artistic practice can be, more often than not, a team effort. Artists who work and live closely together often find their practices overlapping. The worlds of dance, theater, music, and film offer a paradigm of collaborative production, with many actors and behind-the-scenes artists playing different roles. ⁠

SWC invites artists, artist couples, partnerships, collectives, performing arts companies, and interdisciplinary teams residing and working in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mexico, Texas, and Utah to submit work in any media related to the theme “Collectivity + Collaboration.”⁠

This call will be juried by Darren Jones, an art critic, editor, and educator based in New York and Florida. He is the U.S. editor-at-large for New Art Examiner and a frequent contributor to Artforum. He is the recipient of a Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant. Darren teaches Curatorial Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore.⁠

Learn more at the link:
https://southwestcontemporary.com/call-for-artists/

Review: Robert Burnier: Song Cycle at David B. Smith Gallery 11/18/2021

Review: Robert Burnier: Song Cycle at David B. Smith Gallery

In Robert Burnier’s solo exhibition Song Cycle at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, tightly layered caverns and crevices in small wall sculptures create unknown materialities hidden from their visible surfaces.⁠

In his review, Joshua Ware delves into secret-keeping as a type of arbiter or boundary between the known and unknown. ⁠

Find it at the link:

Review: Robert Burnier: Song Cycle at David B. Smith Gallery Robert Burnier's exhibition Song Cycle at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, features aluminum wall sculptures folded into compelling shapes.

Work in Progress with Malena Barnhart 11/17/2021

Work in Progress with Malena Barnhart

Peek inside the practice of Tempe-based artist Malena Barnhart in our "Work in Progress" studio visit series. ⁠

Barnhart explores gender norms, enculturation, and societal expectations through found objects such as stickers, party favors, and YouTube videos.⁠

"I like to work with things that I love but also feel repelled by. I love stumbling on different stickers and obsessing over their colors and designs, but I’m also horrified at what they teach children about who they should be and what the world is like."⁠

Read the interview by Lynn Trimble at the link:

Work in Progress with Malena Barnhart Malena Barnhart is a Tempe-based artist who uses quirky materials like children’s stickers and party favors to explore the serial obsessions.

Review: 40 Years, 40 Stories at San Antonio Museum of Art 11/15/2021

Review: 40 Years, 40 Stories at San Antonio Museum of Art

In celebration of its milestone anniversary, the San Antonio Museum of Art, which opened in 1981 in the late 19th-century confines of the Lone Star Brewery, recently opened 40 Years, 40 Stories: Treasures and New Discoveries from SAMA’s Collection. ⁠

The exhibition aims to showcase the global and chronological breadth of a collection that is 30,000 objects deep—from ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian relics to Chinese ceramics, Latin American folk art, and contemporary works by local artists.⁠

Get the full story by Bryan Rindfuss as the link:

Review: 40 Years, 40 Stories at San Antonio Museum of Art The San Antonio Museum of Art celebrates its fortieth anniversary with an exhibition showcasing the breadth of its permanent collection.

Review: Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake at SMOCA 11/15/2021

Review: Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake at SMOCA

Mimi O Chun's soft sculpture in It’s all cake might look like a cutesy display, writes Steve Jansen, but the plush artworks "sink deep into the human psyche and ask us to confront our perception of and involvement in systems, oftentimes with a giggle."⁠

Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake is on view at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) now through January 23, 2022. Read the review at the link:

Review: Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake at SMOCA Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art magnifies societal ills and amplifies women’s issues through soft materials.

No Name Cinema Hosts Pink Narcissus in New Santa Fe Warehouse Space 11/12/2021

No Name Cinema Hosts Pink Narcissus in New Santa Fe Warehouse Space

“I had originally planned to show Pink Narcissus while No Name was streaming online [amid pandemic lockdowns], but after more consideration, I decided that it was a film best experienced in a dark room with strangers,” says No Name Cinema’s Justin Clifford Rhody.⁠

No Name Cinema will screen Pink Narcissus (dir. James Bidgood, 1971) and Fireworks (dir. Kenneth Anger, 1947), two foundational works of gay cinema, along with The Virgin Viewed from Multiple Sides (dir. JC Gonzo, 2021) on Saturday, November 20 at No Name Microcinema in Santa Fe. ⁠

Lyndsay Knecht recently spoke with Justin Clifford Rhody about the films and his vision for No Name as a resource and venue for underground and archival films. ⁠

Find it at the link:

No Name Cinema Hosts Pink Narcissus in New Santa Fe Warehouse Space Nature prevails through a young man’s dreams in Pink Narcissus and its way-making precursor, Fireworks, to be screened together at No Name Cinema’s November program officially announced today.

U.S.-Mexico Binational Art Walk Brings Borderland Stories to Life 11/11/2021

U.S.-Mexico Binational Art Walk Brings Borderland Stories to Life

This weekend, Border Arts Corridor (BAC) replaces social borders with social bridges with the Binational Art Walk/ Corredor Artistico Binacional November 12–13, engaging communities in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora.

“I’ve heard a lot of people say there’s no arts and culture in the borderlands, but that’s not true,” says participating photographer Ammi Robles. “The art walk is a way for people to experience that art, and for artists to network so they begin to form new collaborations.”⁠

Both Douglas and Agua Prieta will close off streets for the art walk, and people who have the required paperwork will be able to cross the border to enjoy activities in both locations. ⁠

Lynn Trimble reports at the link:

U.S.-Mexico Binational Art Walk Brings Borderland Stories to Life The Binational Art Walk in Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, Sonora dispels the borderlands-as-monolith myth through creative expressions.

Review: Michael Menchaca: The 1836 Project at Artpace, San Antonio 11/11/2021

Review: Michael Menchaca: The 1836 Project at Artpace, San Antonio

At Artpace San Antonio, prolific Xicanx artist Michael Menchaca takes aim at “the colonial fantasies of the Texas creation myth” with The 1836 Project (Extended Widescreen Edition). ⁠

In our current issue, Bryan Rindfuss reviews the multi-channel video installation and myriad references exploring “the revisionist history of colonization and white supremacist tropes in popular culture.”⁠

Learn more at the link:

Review: Michael Menchaca: The 1836 Project at Artpace, San Antonio Michael Menchaca’s The 1836 Project is an immersive video installation that takes aim at “the colonial fantasies of the Texas creation myth.”

Field Report: Joshua Tree and the High Desert 11/10/2021

Field Report: Joshua Tree and the High Desert

In our latest Field Report, Maggie Grimason takes us on a tour of Joshua Tree and the surrounding remote high desert towns. Amid the otherworldliness of the parched landscape, art and experimental projects abound: artist Andrea Zittel's A-Z West, Noah Purifoy Foundation's Outdoor Art Museum, George Van Tassel’s The Integratron, Kcymaerxthaere's Krblin Jihn Cabin, and more. ⁠

Get the guide at the link:

Field Report: Joshua Tree and the High Desert Maggie Grimason's guide to art in Joshua Tree and other High Desert towns, where art, energies, and aliens are as commonplace as scrub oak.

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