FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM)—The return of the New Mexico Museum of Art’s popular Alcoves series of exhibitions will open on August 9 with Alcove 20/20.1, featuring works by Dan Namingha, Diane Marsh, Mokha Laget, Emi Ozawa, and Stuart Arends.
The Alcove Series was relaunched in March of 2012 and has consisted of rotating exhibitions every few years which focus on new work by contemporary New Mexican artists. Since 2012, 80 New Mexican artists have exhibited their work. Alcove 20/20 will feature work by 30 new artists. The series is curated by Merry Scully, the Museum of Art’s curator of contemporary art and follows a format which derives from the founding of the New Mexico Museum of Art in 1917.
Alcoves 20/20 will consist of a series of six exhibitions featuring five artists at a time. The first in this series, Alcoves 20/20 #1, will feature artists from Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Roswell and Willard, New Mexico. Curator Merry Scully said of the series, “There are so many excellent artists who have made New Mexico their home. The Alcove series of exhibitions gives us a chance to focus in on a few of these artists and to generate conversation around their work.” This conversation will be made possible through the inclusion of a public reception and in gallery conversation with the artists.
Artists from across the state and in all stages of their careers have been included in the series. Such internationally recognized artists as Harmony Hammond and Susan York have exhibited works, as well as emerging artists, including Michael Borowski and Jared Weiss. The fast turnover and focus on what the artists are making at present resulted in many artists trying new things, and creating new works and installations specifically for their Alcove. In addition to the artists included in the exhibitions, dozens more were considered, and many visits to galleries and artists’ studios took place over the course of the past two years.
Nearly one hundred years ago, the New Mexico Museum of Art was built as part of a program to encourage artists to come live and work in New Mexico, and to this day the state continues to be a haven for serious working artists.
Alcoves 20/20 is supported in part by the Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography
Alcove 20/20 # 1 August 10, 2019 – October 13, 2019
Opening Reception Alcove 20/20 #1
Friday, August 9, 2019, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Conversation with the Alcove 20/20 #1 Artists
Friday, August 23, 2019, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
An informal conversation with the artists exhibiting in the museum alcoves is a combination of exhibition walk-through and dialog with the artists. It is open to all, and all are encouraged to participate in the conversation
Alcove 20/20 #2 October 19, 2019 – December 15, 2019
Marietta Patricia Leis
Opening Reception Alcove 20/20 #2
Friday, October 18, 2019, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Conversation with the Alcove 20/20 #2 Artists
Friday, October 25, 2019, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Advance schedule – Alcoves 20/20 #3-6
Alcove 20/20 #3
Opening Reception Alcove 20/20 #3
Friday, January 3, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Conversation with the Alcove 20/20 #3 Artists
Friday, February 7, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Alcove 20/20 #4
Opening Reception Alcove 20/20 #4
Friday, March 6, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Conversation with the Alcove 20/20 #4 Artists
Friday, April 3, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Alcove 20/20 #5
Opening Reception Alcove 20/20 #5
Friday, May 1, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Conversation with the Alcove 20/20 #5 Artists
Friday, May 15, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Alcove 20/20 #6
Opening Reception Alcove 20/20 #6
Friday, June 19, 2020, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Conversation with the Alcove 20/20 #6 Artists
Friday, June 26, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.