Suzi Davidoff, Simplified World/Aplomada Falcon and Grasses, 2017, charcoal, gesso, map, 50 x 68 x 3 inches

OPENING RECEPTION: Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond

Saturday, September 28, 2019 6pm – 8pm


Member Preview 5-6pm
Public Reception 6-8pm

516 ARTS presents Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande: Contemporary Artists Respond, developed in partnership with the Albuquerque Museum and the Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. It 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. Accompanying public programs include educational talks, workshops, public forums and outdoor activities inspired by the work in the exhibition.


The exhibition is co-curated by 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.