The UNM Art Museum presents two photography exhibitions revealing selections from the renowned permanent collection, some never exhibited before, and a commitment to present internationally recognized artists. The opening reception on Friday, Feb. 10, 5-7 p.m. is free and open to the public. New exhibitions continue through May 20.
"Reconsidering the Photographic Masterpiece," curated by Michele Penhall, presents 100 works chosen from the museum's permanent collection, some on view for the first time. The exhibition encompasses the history of photography, 1843-2011. It centers on the idea of an artist's signature or iconic image from an evolving historical perspective.
Photographers include William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Weston, August Sander, Diane Arbus, Gary Winnogrand, Hilla and Bernd Becher, Flor Garduño and Vik Muniz, with recent gifts and acquisitions of works by Alfred Stieglitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Jayne Hinds Bidaut, John Coplans, Tamas Deszo, Danny Lyon, Alec Soth and Martin Parr.
"Hiroshi Sugimoto" is the first one-person exhibition in New Mexico of this internationally acclaimed master of photography. Sugimoto's work has been the subject of museum exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, Berlin and Bilbao; The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh; Fondation Cartier, Paris; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo; and the Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, D.C. Organized by UNM Art Museum Director E. Luanne McKinnon, the UNM show provides a focused overview of five of Sugimoto's best-known projects which emphasize the characteristics of time, light, space, movement and form – the very nature of reality itself.
Selected works on view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery include the "Dioramas," photographed in life-like detail at natural history and other museums; "Seascapes," timeless vistas of sea and sky photographed from around the world; "Theatres," in which the camera's shutter was left open for the entire length of the film that was being shown; "Lightning Fields," produced in the studio from experiments with electricity; and "Mechanical Forms," detailed 19th century tools influenced by the artist's interest in Marcel Duchamp's "The Large Glass." The exhibition was organized with the cooperation of the Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, and courtesy of the artist.
Continuing exhibitions include "An Inquisitive Eye, Seeing Into Prints," through May 20, and "Sinners and Saints: 15th-19th Century Paintings in the Collection," through March 11.
The UNM Art Museum, open Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m., is in the Center for the Arts. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $5.
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