Open to the public, this coming Friday gives The University of New Mexico community a rare opportunity to experience three art openings in one invigorating evening. From a rotation of innovative films, to exploring the timeless connection between wolves and humans, to an exhibition that conveys the interdependency between life and death, this convergence of openings is sure to spark inspiration and discussion long after the night is done.

UNM Art Museum
Please Enjoy and Return: Bruce Conner Films from the Sixties
Opening Reception:
Friday, Feb. 8, 4 – 6 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to all

It is difficult to categorize the boundary-breaking, multi-media trajectory of American artist Bruce Conner (1933 – 2008). Constant change and a wide-roving, obsessive curiosity are perhaps two constants in Conner’s work, which ranges from assemblage to drawing, painting and sculpture, to conceptual art and experimental film. Connected as he was too revolutionary and counter-cultural movements like the Beat poets and punk music scene, it is unsurprising that Conner worked consistently to undermine easy classification schemes and definitions of his own artistic production.

The groundbreaking, experimental nature of Conner’s work is especially evident in his films, which are comprised of found, scavenged, and original footage, and often incorporate popular music of the era in a way that both anticipated and inspired contemporary music video production. The UNMAM will be showing a rotation of three of Conner’s films from the 1960s, which contextualize and expand on themes present in other works by him from the museum’s permanent collection that are currently on view in the exhibition HINDSIGHT/INSIGHT: Reflecting on the Collection.

Curated by Mary Statzer, Curator of Prints and Photographs UNM Art Museum 

Tamarind Institute
Nicola López: Parasites, Prosthetics, Parallels, and Partners 
Opening Reception:
Friday, Feb. 8, 5 – 7 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to all

Parasites, Prosthetics, Parallels, and Partners is an exhibition of large scale monoprint collages and editioned works Nicola López created in the spring of 2017, when she returned to Tamarind for her fourth artist residency with the workshop. Gathering the artist’s ongoing interest in industry, architecture, and technology into a concentrated grouping, the exhibition conveys the interdependency between life and death—human desire bound to great achievement, often in the face of failure and despair.

For this exhibition, López harnesses the inherent modular characteristics of printmaking to express how the natural world is shaped by human interactions, using mark-making, color, layering, and transparency as a way to revisit her original installation.

Maxwell Museum of Anthropology
Intertwined: The Mexican Wolf, the People, and the Land
Opening Reception: 
Friday, Feb. 8, 6–7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to all

Wolves have been of interest to humans as long as the two have kept company together on this planet, with the importance of this relationship being woven into the cultural fabric of many peoples around the world. Whether that relationship has been one of antagonism or one that recognizes how much we rely on one another as part of a larger chain of life, wolves have been a part of our stories, myths, and worldly realities.