1 Kameelah Janan Rasheed, No Instructions for Assembly (detail), mixed media, dimensions variable

At Home in the World

Saturday, February 6: 
Member Preview/Artist Talks: 5-6pm
Public Opening: 6-8pm

516 ARTS presented At Home in the World, the first exhibition of our 10th anniversary year.  It explored belonging and place, examining how we relate to each other, ourselves and our countries as globalization forces us to rethink issues of nationality, citizenship and migration.  A series of public programs included activities with guest artists, presentations and performances.

At Home in the World asked the viewer to contemplate their place and sense of belonging in the world both locally and globally.  This exhibition reconsidered place within the larger contexts of nationhood and the global stage.  It asked: how do place, migration, cultural expression and civic-mindedness factor into the issues of nationalism and citizenship?  What makes a good citizen?  The work of 14 local, national and international artists at 516 ARTS and public programs explored different aspects of and perspectives on these questions.  Topics addressed included nationality, local and global community dynamics, migration/immigration, multiculturalism and stewardship.


Felipe Castelblanco (London, UK/Bogotá, Colombia) Juna Rosales Muller (Ojai, CA)
Gonzalo Fuenmayor (Barranquilla, Colombia/Miami, FL) Kameelah Janan Rasheed (New York, NY)
Miguel Gandert (Albuquerque, NM) Rontherin Ratliff (New Orleans, LA)
Margaret Jacobs (Enfield, NH) Alex Rivera (Los Angeles, CA/New York, NY)
Tarrah Krajnak (Los Angeles, CA) Josef Schulz (Düsseldorf, Germany)
Matthew Mazzotta (New York, NY)  Judy Shintani (Half Moon Bay, CA)
Billy Joe Miller (Albuquerque, NM) Sin Huellas Collective





WORKSHOP/OPEN STUDIO: Mending Patriotism
Tuesday, February 2, 1-4pm
The public was invited to a community workshop/open studio with guest artist Juna Rosales Muller in conjunction with her installation Mending Patriotism.  

Saturday, February 6:

Member Preview/Artist Talks: 5-6pm
Members of the Friends of 516 ARTS were invited to a special private preview and walk-through with short talks by artists including Felipe Castelblanco, Tarrah Krajnak, Miguel Gandert, Billy Joel Miller and Juna Rosales Muller.  Not a member?  Join the Friends of 516 ARTS today at www.516arts.org/join.  

Public Opening: 6-8pm
Everyone was invited to celebrate the reception of At Home in the World, with performances curated by artist Billy Joe Miller as part of his installation Writha.  Performers included Bryce Fletcher Hample and Chuy Martinez & Oti Ruiz.

PRESENTATION: Hotel Mariachi
Thursday, February 18, 6pm
Photographer Miguel A. Gandert was joined by authors Catherine L. Kurland and Enrique R. Lamadrid to talk about their book Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space and Cultural Landscape in Los Angeles.

ARTIST TALK: Peter Williams: Interconnection
Thursday, February 25, 7pm
516 ARTS and Santa Fe Art Institute presented a special talk with Peter Williams, a Yup'ik Eskimo artist, hunter, fisher and fashion designer.  This event was made possible with support from the Rasmusen Foundation.

PRESENTATION: The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound
Thursday, March 10, 6pm
For Women & Creativity month, guest Katrina Parks, creator of the film The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, and Carolyn Meyer, author of Diary of a Waitress: The Not-So-Glamorous Life of a Harvey Girl, presented captivating stories about an all female, migrant workforce in American history that took place from the 1880s to the 1960s.  This event was made possible by the Historic District Improvement Company.

TALK/PERFORMANCES: Stories & Songs: Immigrant & Refugee Artists
Sunday, March 20, 2pm
516 ARTS and the Outpost Performance Space presented a performative talk with immigrant and refugee artists and cultural workers who have made their home in Albuquerque.  Moderated by folklorist Wade Patterson, artists included: Rahim Al Haj, Nada Kherbik, Rujeko Dumbutshena and Chuy Martinez.
LOCATION: Outpost Performance Space, 210 Yale SE, Albuquerque

PERFORMANCE: Across the Table
Friday, April 1, 5-8pm
Artist Jen DePaolo presented an interactive event during the April First Friday open house.  Participants were invited to have a seat in an artful table set with handmade pottery to sample foods that celebrate the diverse cultures and traditions that have shaped the artist.  Participants shared stories about the cultures that have shaped their "homes" as global citizens.


Image above: No Instructions for Assembly, by Kameelah Janan Rasheed, installation detail

 Image Gallery

  • Kameelah Janan Rasheed, No Instructions for Assembly (detail), mixed media, dimensions variable
  • Josef Schulz, spfr08, C
  • Miguel Gandert, Madre de los Mariachis:Mother of the Mariachis, Pigment print from negative, 16x20in
  • Gonzalo Fuenmayor, Going Bananas, Charcoal on paper, 20x30 in, courtesy of Dot Fiftyone Gallery
  • Rontherin Ratliff, Things That Float, photographs, mixed media, 48x32x36 in
  • Juna Rosales Muller, Mending Patriotism, Clothes left behind by migrants, fabric, 3.5x4.5 ft
  • Tarrah Krajnak, Mulata, Pigment print, 28x42 in
  • Sin Huellas, Selene's Dream, Cyanotype body print, approx 3.5x7 ft
  • Billy Joe Miller & collaborators, Writha, 2016, mixed media, dimensions variable