PANEL DISCUSSION: Women Curate Women

Friday, October 9, 2020 6pm – Saturday, October 10 8am

Join us today! Friday, October 9, 6-7pm.
Advance registration required.


516 ARTS presents Women Curate Women, a panel discussion between four New Mexico women curators in conjunction with the exhibition Feminisms (September 26, 2020–January 2, 2021). Within the span of one year, New Mexico is home to four woman-centered art exhibitions across the state: Feminisms, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque (guest curated by Andrea R. Hanley, curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian); Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque (curated by Mary Statzer); Labor: Motherhood in Art in 2020, NMSU Art Museum, Las Cruces (curated by Marisa Sage); and Feminist Art in the Age of Trump, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe (juried by noted art writer and activist Lucy Lippard).

On October 9 (to take place in person if possible, but planned to be online for now), these four curators will be joined by moderator Lauren Tresp, publisher and editor, Southwest Contemporary, Santa Fe, in a discussion around curating femme and femme-identifying artwork. The discussion will span multiple themes around and between these curators’ recent exhibitions exploring feminist themes including: the value of gender-based art exhibitions, the cultural and economic circumstances negotiated by female artists and curators, how feminist exhibitions serve as platforms that ground conversations about equality, misogyny, and art world bias, and how art can serve as a departure point for the cause of social justice.

This event is in conjunction with a new initiative spearheaded by the Feminist Art Coalition, a national effort seeking to inspire a broad variety of exhibitions and programs across the country to centralize feminist perspectives and concerns in the cultural consciousness leading into and the year following the 2020 election. This endeavor takes feminist thought and practice as its point of departure and considers art as a catalyst for civic engagement.

ANDREA R. HANLEY (Navajo) is the Chief Curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary Native American artists and the Native American fine art field. She started her career at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., as both Special Assistant to the Director and Exhibition Developer/Project Manager. She was the Fine Arts Coordinator/Curator for the city of Tempe, the Executive Director of ATATL, Inc., National Service Organization for Native American Arts. She was the founding manager of the Berlin Gallery at the Heard Museum and the Membership and Program Manager for the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts. She currently serves on the Santa Fe Arts Commission. She is on the UCross Foundation National Advisory Council, and the Native American Advisory Board for NY based arts organization, Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA.) She is on the Board of Directors for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (Indian Market) and Santa Fe based arts space Axle Contemporary.

LUCY LIPPARD is a writer, activist and sometime curator. Since 1966, she has published 25 books on contemporary art and cultural studies, including Mixed Blessings: New Art in a Multicultural America, The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, Down Country: the Tano of the Galisteo Basin 1250-1782, Undermining: A Wild Ride through Land Use, Politics, Art in the Changing West, and most recently, Pueblo Chico: Land and Lives in Galisteo Since 1814. She has been co-founder of the feminist Heresies Collective, Printed Matter, Political Art Documentation/Distribution, Artists Call Against U.S. Intervention in Central America, and the guerrilla performance groups Outside Agitators and Damage Control. She has received grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, Lannan Foundation, and Creative Capital, various awards, and nine honorary doctorates in fine arts.

MARISA SAGE is the Director and Head Curator of the new University Art Museum at New Mexico State University. A New York native, Sage received her BFA in photography from Syracuse University and Masters of Digital Arts at MICA. Sage established Like the Spice Gallery, a contemporary gallery in Williamsburg, NY, which held over 65 exhibitions between 2006 and 2012. She was active in the art community of Brooklyn, serving as president of the Williamsburg Gallery Association from 2008-12. Sage has curated over 150 exhibitions, including the NEA-supported GEOMAGIC: Art, Science and the Zuhl Collection, and Off the Wall, a two-parted exhibition tracing the history of Sol LeWitt’s relationship with NMSU, as well as showing the extent of his influence on a new generation of artists who use the surface of the wall as their canvas. Her curatorial experiences have brought regional, national, and internationally recognized artists to New York, Maryland, New Mexico, Colorado, Miami, San Francisco, London, and Switzerland.

MARY STATZER is Curator of Prints and Photographs at University of New Mexico Art Museum. She has published articles in Aperture magazine and edited a multi-author book titled, The Photographic Object 1970. She brought the exhibition To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults to UNMAM and organized the exhibitions, Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs; Please Enjoy and Return: Bruce Conner Films from the Sixties; and Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration.

LAUREN TRESP is the publisher of Southwest Contemporary, New Mexico’s leading contemporary arts publication. In her time as publisher and owner of Southwest Contemporary, she has developed and led workshops, talks, exhibitions, and salon-style events for artists and creative entrepreneurs, launched a comprehensive digital platform for arts in New Mexico, and worked to increase transparency, diversity, and inclusion throughout the publication’s editorial coverage and team of contributors. She has been writing professionally about contemporary art since 2013. She has a Master of Arts in Humanities from the University of Chicago, where she studied Medieval and Renaissance Art History, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and History from UCLA.