Opening Reception: In Our Own Backyard

DavidKoch 16thcar

Opening reception: Saturday, March 23
Member preview 5-6pm (Information on becoming a Friend of 516 ARTS HERE)
Public reception 6-8pm

In Our Own Backyard examines contemporary art in New Mexico from the 1990s to the present. The exhibition stems from the collection of Ray Graham, a pivotal arts supporter and longtime collector of many major regional and national artists. In 1990, Graham remodeled the building that now houses 516 ARTS at 516 Central Avenue SW in Downtown Albuquerque as a contemporary art venue, where he founded the CAFÉ almost 30 years ago and ran the space as a commercial gallery for five years. This exhibition features work from his collection showcasing a selection of artists who were shown at CAFÉ, both with work from that period and their current work. Highlighting discourses around place, materials, practice and process, brings together a cross-section of approaches and genres that explore the creative energy of New Mexico’s artists and legacy in the larger contemporary art world.

Image: David Koch, 16th Car, collection of Ray Graham