How The West is One: The Art of New Mexico
New Mexico Museum of Art
Apr 20, 2008 through Feb 20, 2012

How the West Is One views New Mexico art as a holistic tradition that has been produced by important interactions between aesthetic perspectives. Over the last few decades, historians have emphasized the fracturing of New Mexico art into competing ethnic, aesthetic, and conceptual groupings. This fractured history promoted the idea of three separate cultures in New Mexico, and implied that little interaction had occurred between these differing aesthetic perspectives. The one-ness of New Mexico art is the unique, unpredictable, often contradictory unity that developed from cultural interactions among people from various ethnic backgrounds living in New Mexico.

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