Seminal Exhibitions Mark UNM Art Museum Re-opening
August 20, 2010
Categories: College of Fine Arts
The UNM Art Museum unveils its renovated, expanded spaces on Friday, Sept. 10, 5-7 p.m. with three exhibitions: "Desire For Magic: Patrick Nagatani 1978-2008," "Tamarind Touchstones: Fabulous at 50" and "To Form from Air: Music and the Art of Raymond Jonson." The exhibitions continue through Dec. 19.
The 9,000 square foot expansion and renovation includes an elevator connecting all three gallery spaces, a redesigned foyer, a book kiosk featuring selected publications, the new Clinton Adams Gallery, a media gallery to screen educational and new media works, the Enyeart/Malone Library and Archive, the Beaumont Newhall Print Study Room, the new home of the Raymond Jonson Gallery and a classroom.
"Desire For Magic" is the first comprehensive analysis of works by New Mexico-based photographer and artist Patrick Nagatani. This retrospective exhibition brings together the full range of Nagatani's work, including his Polaroid collaborations with Andree Tracy, Japanese-American concentration camps series, "Nuclear Enchantment," "Chromatherapy," "Excavations," "Novellas" and "Tape-estries."
"Tamarind Touchstones" celebrates 50 years of artistic excellence at the Tamarind Institute. The exhibition includes 59 lithographs from the Tamarind archive maintained by the UNM Art Museum, including collaborative works of many of the most significant artists of the past half century: Vija Celmins, Kerry James Marshall, Philip Guston, Kiki Smith, Gego, Leon Golub, Jonathan Lasker, Polly Apfelbaum, Roberto Juarez and others. A "Legacies in Lithography" section of the show at the new Tamarind Institute gallery features works by Tamarind founder June Wayne, Ed Ruscha, Jim Dine, Clinton Adams and Garo Antreasian.
"To Form from Air" probes for the first time the inspired relationship between music and Raymond Jonson's paintings from the 1920s-40s. Upon arriving in Santa Fe from Chicago in 1924, Jonson was instrumental in establishing modernism in the Southwest, including the founding of the Transcendental Painting Group in 1938. The exhibition marks the 75th anniversary of Jonson's relationship with UNM, where he taught from 1934-54, and the 60th anniversary of his founding of the Jonson Gallery in 1950.
All three exhibitions are accompanied by full-color publications.
The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1-4 p.m.