On August 15, 2015, via crane, Jason Middlebrook’s Your General Store descended upon the NMSU parking lot at the intersection of University and Solano Avenues, just outside the University Art Gallery in Williams Hall. Middlebrook’s store, a refurbished cargo vessel that operates as a trading post for artworks, originated at SITE Santa Fe and was an exterior component of the institution’s Unsettled Landscapes biennial exhibition (June 2014-January 2015). Your General Store, stocked with traded works by artists from around the globe, is reminiscent of a nineteenth-century general store and will be managed by an NMSU student during the Fall 2015 semester. Poised to travel throughout the United States, Middlebrook’s store will facilitate an inter-state exchange of art goods, whereby a national trade route of sorts will take shape.
At this point, you may wonder how you can get involved! There are four ways you can participate in this unique art happening/system-based installation:
1. Join us for the opening reception at the University Art Gallery and first round of artwork trades on Thursday, September 3, from 5-7 p.m.! (Note: The reception will also celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Between Here and There, featuring Paul Turounet and Terri Warpinski.)
2. Trade an artwork of your own creation for an art good of equal value at Your General Store! The store will be open from September 4 through November 7, 2015; the store’s hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Read more about Your General Store here.
3. Attend an artist talk by Jason Middlebrook at the University Art Gallery on Friday, September 4, from 6-7 p.m. Find out more about Your General Store; ask him the tough questions!
4. Get more information about Your General Store events on the University Art Gallery’s Facebook page.