Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond

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Seprtember 28 – December 28, 2019

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 28:
5-6pm: Member Preview (JOIN)
6-8pm: Public Reception

516 ARTS and partners presents Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond, an exhibition and series of public programs developed with the Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. The exhibition – subtitled Contemporary Artists Respond – features commissioned and existing artworks highlighting diverse perspectives on varieties of plants and animals, including flowers, trees, fish, birds, and bees—iconic and overlooked—undergoing mass-die off’s and population declines within the Rio Grande watershed. Through the eyes of contemporary artists, the exhibition examines regional flora and fauna and raises ethical and cultural questions about human impact on the natural world. This project will provide education and spur dialogue around pressing ecological issues of our time.

The exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Josie Lopez, Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum, and Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Chair and Professor of Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. Artists invited to create new work include: Michael P. Berman (Silver City, NM), laura c. carlson (Albuquerque, NM), Agnes Chavez (Taos, NM), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Santa Fe, NM), c marquez (Taos, NM), Nicasio Romero (Ribera, NM) and Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe, NM). There is an open call for existing artworks through the deadline of April 22, 2019. 

The regional collaboration will feature public programs including educational talks, workshops, public forums and outdoor activities presented by partner venues in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Northern Mexico. Partners are being invited to develop their own programming that brings together art and environment to raise awareness and generate activism around species in peril in the region of the Rio Grande. 516 ARTS will create a map/calendar and will coordinate a national marketing campaign to showcase this project as a model for regional collaboration around environmental issues. 

Public programs in Albuquerque will take place at 516 ARTS and at partner sites including Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and City of Albuquerque Open Space Visitors Center, among others. Regional partners include: RedLine (Denver, CO), the PASEO and The Taos Land Trust (Taos, NM), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM) NMSU Art Gallery (Las Cruces, NM), Roswell Museum (Roswell, NM), The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at UTEP (El Paso, TX), and the Visual Art Program at UACJ in Juárez, México. 


Image: Cannupa Hanska Luger, At What Cost: Extraction, 2016, ceramic, steel rubber, fiber