The University of New Mexico Art Museum (UNMAM) has installed the next in its permanent collection exhibition series, Hindsight Insight 3.0: Portraits, Landscapes, and Abstraction from the UNM Art Museum. Opening on Friday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the UNMAM, the hybrid project space and exhibition features portraits, landscapes, and abstract artworks from the museum’s collection that complement the curricula of UNM’s Department of Art and Art History during the Fall 2023 semester. 

Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
László Moholy-Nagy (Hungarian, 1895-1946), Untitled (Abstraction), c. 1925-1928

Hindsight Insight 3.0 is organized into three thematic sections that will be activated by UNM faculty and students throughout the semester, transforming the exhibition into an extension of the classroom. Collaboratively developed by UNMAM curators Mary Statzer and Angel Jiang, alongside UNM Art and Art History professors Amanda Curreri, Kevin Mulhearn, and Ray Hernández-Durán, each section was curated to enhance their curriculum. Students will also take on the role of active collaborators through research, writing, and programming.

The exhibition highlights the museum’s photography collection through the section Evolving Vision: 20th Century Photography. Throughout the semester, students in UNM Assistant Professor of Art History Kevin Mulhearn’s Twentieth Century Photography course will research the photographs to provide written contributions to the exhibition.

For Every History Told: Chicano and Latinx Art and Representation showcases artworks that were selected to complement UNM Professor of Art History Ray Hernández-Durán’s Chicano and Latinx Art course. Over the semester, students will have the opportunity to research and present on works featured in this section. The museum will also host two Gale Memorial Lectures with Tatiana Reinoza and Robb Hernández, scholars of Latinx art and literature.

But History and I, an installation by UNM Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing Amanda Curreri, addresses the need for more queer and activist work in the museum’s collection. Curreri’s contributions include performances and activations that will occur throughout the semester, involving students in her ACT_ON/ACT_IN course.

Hindsight Insight 3.0 connects the past, the present, and the potential of the collection by reflecting on the museum’s history while making it relevant to 21st-century learners. Through this ongoing initiative, UNMAM invites the university community to actively participate in the development, presentation, and interpretation of the exhibition. 

Upcoming events and programs:

Sept. 15: Mindful Looking with Justine Andrews, noon – 1 p.m.

Oct. 10: UNMAM Birthday Bash, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Oct. 20: Gale Memorial Lecture: Tatiana Reinoza, 5 – 6 p.m.

Oct. 27: Mindful Looking with Justine Andrews, noon – 1 p.m.

Nov. 10: Gale Memorial Lecture: Robb Hernández, 5 – 6 p.m.

Nov. 17: Mindful Looking with Justine Andrews, noon – 1 p.m.

Nov. 30: For a Future Now with Amanda Curreri, 5 – 6 p.m.

Visit the UNMAM website for further details throughout the semester.

Hindsight Insight 3.0 is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The Terra Foundation for American Art, established in 1978 and having offices in Chicago and Paris, supports organizations and individuals locally and globally with the aim of fostering intercultural dialogues and encouraging transformative practices that expand narratives of American art, through the foundation’s grant program, collection, and initiatives.

Top image: Nusch Éluard, Precious Woods, from the series La Carte Surrealiste Premier Serie, 1937. Collotype postcard published by Georges Hugnet. Museum purchase.