Upcoming Exhibitions + Events

Superbloom
University Art Gallery
Superbloom is a solo exhibition by NYC-based artist Eric LoPresti at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery opening on October 4, 2018. This exhibition examines the complicated effects the Cold War and nuclear testing have had on the Southwest American landscape and the global psyche. Comprised of oil paintings, large-format watercolors, digital works and a multi-channel video (a new medium for the artist), SUPERBLOOM will be accompanied by a series of performances and events.Sited a mere 97 miles from Trinity, location of the first atomic bomb, the exhibition outlines an expansive framework within which viewers can meditate on two increasingly relevant antipodes of human experience: the quest for aesthetic expression, and the threat of global apocalypse.
Exhibit: October 4 – January 5, 2018

Opening Reception:  Thursday, October 4, 2018, 5:30 PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM

Read more about the exhibition and programming here. 


ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS 
Where: CMI Theatre, 2915 McFie Circle, NMSU, Las Cruces, NM 88003
When: November 30, 11am-1pm
Who: public screening of ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS with introduction by Marisa Sage (University Art Gallery), Dr. Laura Anh Williams (Gender and Sexuality Studies), and Dr. M. Catherine Jonet (Gender and Sexuality Studies), in collaboration with Amy Lanasa and Evan Curtis (Creative Media Institute), and the students of CMI 303 Cinema Review.
What: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS highlights the impact of art in AIDS activism and advocacy today by commissioning compelling short videos from six inspiring community organizations and collectives—ACT UP NY, Positive Women’s Network, Sero Project, The SPOT, Tacoma Action Collective, and VOCAL NY. The program represents a wide range of organizational strategies, from direct action to grassroots service providers to nation-wide movement building, while considering the role of creative practices in activist responses to the ongoing AIDS crisis. This event is a co-presentation between the University Art Gallery, Department of Art, Creative Media Institute, and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New Mexico State University. Free and Open to the Public.

Read more about the event by clicking here. 


OutsmART: TODAY’S KIDS / TOMORROW’S ARTISTS: SATURDAY ART WORKSHOPS FOR CHILDREN AT THE UNIVERSITY ART GALLERY AT NMSU

OutsmART is a series of free Saturday interactive children’s art workshops exploring the power of art in their everyday lives. Each workshop will be related to artwork exhibited in the University Art Gallery.  

Upcoming Dates:

October 13, SUPERBLOOM, Color Palette

November 10, SUPERBLOOM, Square Up

December 8, SUPERBLOOM, Shadow and Contrast 

Read more about OutsmART here. 


Eric LoPresti: Aikido Performance #2
University Art Gallery, December 1, 2018, 1PM
As part of the exhibition Superbloom, please join us for an Aikido performance by Eric LoPresti, Paul Forhan, Head instructor of Aikido of El Paso and Octavio Pina, from Aikikai Las Cruces. This performance will take place at 1:00 PM in the University Art Gallery and is free and open to the public.

In the wake of the US bombings of Japan in 1945, Japanese combat institutions, including all martial arts dojos, were shut down. Imported in the US shortly after, the relatively modern martial art of aikido survived by transforming itself from, in the words of its founder, “one strike from aikido can kill” to “the way of harmony.” Eric LoPresti started practicing aikido 25 years ago, and this practice has subtly but profoundly influenced his artistic direction.

READ MORE ABOUT THE EVENT OR RSVP:
https://uag.nmsu.edu/upcoming/
https://www.facebook.com/events/509204289580999/


Eric LoPresti: SUPERBLOOM Panel Discussion
University Art Gallery/DW Williams Hall, December 1, 2018, 2PM
A panel discussion with students, faculty and artists, focusing on various topics that grapple with the complex history of nuclear development in the West and the potential role art can play as a catalyst of change.

On November 29th, two days before the panel, students will take part In a creative workshop, using a technique called “Design Thinking”. In this workshop, NMSU students will work collaboratively with the artist and students from other disciplines to define their viewpoints relative to a topics such as: ‘human-created forces of destruction’ vs ‘natural forces’“, The Apocalyptic Sublime” as it relates to between beauty and destruction in visual culture of 2018, modern day environmentalism, the ethics of cyber and bio weapons, and the us involvement in the Cold War. With the workshop under their belt, the students will participate in a public panel discussion where all panelists will discuss the workshoped topics in depth in front of an audience in the University Art Gallery. The panel will be videotaped and the video posted on the UAG website. 

READ MORE ABOUT THE EVENT OR RSVP:
https://uag.nmsu.edu/upcoming/
https://www.facebook.com/events/509204289580999/


LIGHT TRICKS
Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley
University Art Gallery
Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley present new installation, sculpture, drawing, and interactive video. Each artist utilizes various forms of light and shadow (projected, reflected, and emitted) to evoke a nostalgic, playful, dramatic mood. They each use light to draw attention to their invented visual language of signs and symbols abstracted from childhood memories. Alpert’s use of everyday materials and her repetition of hearts, chains, hashtags, drips, and friendship bracelets refer to high fashion, teenage doodling in the margins of notebooks, the keepsakes she made and traded at summer camp, and the inevitable decay of all things. Arkley’s work encourages a childlike sense of discovery and strives to foster inclusion, positivity, and elation.
Exhibit: January 31- March 2, 2019

Opening Reception:  Thursday, January 31, 2019, 5:30 PM

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 4 PM


 

Location + Hours

University Art Gallery, D.W. Williams Hall, New Mexico State University, 1390 E. University Ave., Las Cruces.
Tues. – Sat., 10 am – 4 pm, free admission.

 

Contact:

575.646.2545

artglry@nmsu.edu