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
Superbloom: Aikido Performance
University Art Gallery
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 infulenced his artistic direction.
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.
Event: Saturday, October 6, 2018, 1:00 PM
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.
October 13, SUPERBLOOM Color Palette
November 10, Square Up
December 8, Shadow and Contrast
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.