The University Art Gallery closed its current doors inside D.W. Williams Hall on May 11, 2019, and the new University Art Museum will reopen in the newly constructed Devasthali Hall on February 28, 2020, with a premier exhibition: Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020.
As the first exhibit in the newly constructed University Art Museum (UAM), opening on the campus of NMSU, Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 (Labor) and the wide array of planned interactive and engaging programming aims to expand upon the diverse and complex conversations regarding motherhood in today’s desperate socio-political climate. Through video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photographic works by a diverse group of artists, themes of empowerment, empathy, intimacy, selflessness, vulnerability, failure, anxiety, and choice are examined. Co-curated by Marisa Sage and Laurel Nakadate and situated in the Borderplex region of Southern New Mexico, Labor confronts and challenges the historic, traditional and contemporary ways mothers and mothering have been represented in both art and popular culture. This exhibition strives to create a laboratory of inclusiveness and support that offers opportunities not only for internationally celebrated artists, but also for the regional community, through local programming and the exhibition of work by New Mexico based artists who speak to their own experiences relating to motherhood. Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 features the work of artists Tracey Baran, María Berrío, Lenka Clayton, Patty Chang, Amy Cutler, Joey Fauerso, Tierney Gearon, Kate Gilmore, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Mary Kelly, Justine Kurland, Marilyn Minter, Laurel Nakadate, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Laurie Simmons, Wendy Red Star, Hương Ngô & Hồng- Ân Trương, and Mickalene Thomas.
Image: Copyright Amy Cutler, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
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The new University Art Museum will be closed to the public as it prepares for the opening of Labor. We look forward to welcoming all of our patrons from on campus and off to the museum in 2020.
Join us for the opening reception of Labor, in conjunction with the Devasthali Hall grand opening, including a special performance by Jessica Jackson Hutchins in the University Art Museum on Friday, February 28, 2020. For Hutchins’s site-specific punk performance, dancers turn ceramic objects into wearable sculptures using their bodies to scoff at prescribed rituals, seeking to recreate the euphoria and pain children and mothering bring to one’s body and creative life. The public reception begins at 6:30 PM and the performance is scheduled to begin at 7:15 PM. A curatorial walk-through with Marisa Sage and several artists featured in Labor will be offered on Saturday, February 29, at 1 PM. Admission to all programming is free and open to the public. A detailed calendar with all dates and associated programs will be announced later this year.