The UAM is proud to present Syn– featuring work by artists Ger Xiong & Cierra Redding, the first Master of Fine Art candidates to exhibit in the newly opened Devasthali Hall. In Syn-, both Xiong and Redding explore themes of identity, loss, and absence through the use of various materials and forms. Ger Xiong’s finely crafted textiles and wearable objects are representative of his complex Hmong cultural identity. Each work navigates his Hmong American experience through the lens of assimilation, migration, and colonization, reflecting loss, commodification, and the resilience of being Hmong. Cierra Redding’s sensorial and experiential sculptures reveal a fascination with vision and longing influenced by a long-distance relationship and Nystagmus, a rare chronic eye condition she has had since birth. Redding’s large black ceramic vessels allude to mourning the loss of touch during our complicated COVID times; the exterior textures and brightly colored interiors reference a warm and affectionate time, reminiscent of her childhood in the 90’s. NMSU Assistant Professor, Joshua Clark, interprets, “between them exists an engaging discourse, which feels timely and timeless” where “ both artists are wrestling with one of the oldest human conundrums; how to conserve the worthy aspects of our past, both collectively and personally.”
2021 Juried Student Show
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The NMSU University Art Museum (UAM) is thrilled to announce the first Juried Student Show (JSS) in the newly built Devasthali Hall on the campus of NMSU. Every year the UAM receives an impressive variety of submissions by both undergraduate and graduate students, highlighting a broad range of materials, methods and ideas. The JSS is an opportunity to acknowledge NMSU’s hard-working students by recognizing their outstanding creativity. This exhibition always attracts a large audience and encourages widespread community support. The 2021 JSS was juried by Texas/Mexico City based curator, writer and scholar, Leslie Moody Castro. Please join the UAM on Friday, April 23, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m on Zoom. The award ceremony will begin at 6 p.m.
MARGIE AND BOBBY RANKIN RETABLO GALLERY:
Saint Joseph & The Laborers
This exhibition will be open by appointment beginning Saturday, February 20, 2020.
The University Art Museum (UAM) is excited to present Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the second exhibition in the newly created Margie and Bobby Rankin Retablo Gallery at the UAM. In Saint Joseph & The Laborers, the role of the laborer will be looked at through the lens of Mexican retablo imagery. Through acts of labor, humans fulfill the command found in Genesis to care for the earth, and the direction to be productive in their labors. Saint Joseph (San José), the foster-father of Jesus, was a carpenter in Nazareth, serving as a key example of the holiness of human labor. Before Spain had accepted Saint Joseph as a devotional saint, Mexico had already been the “chosen land of Saint Joseph” for several decades, his image disseminated in the common art of retablo painting. Saints such as the Archangels: Saint Michael and Saint Raphael (San Miguel y San Rafael), Saint Isidore (San Isidro), and Saint Vincent Ferrer (San Vicente Ferrer) are other key patrons of laborers in the Mexican Catholic faith, their imagery widespread across Mexican retablos displayed in this exhibition. In this exhibition, the UAM will display for the first time a Mexican bulto (statue), as well as other retablo paintings from the recent donation to the UAM Permanent Art Collection by leading retablo expert Gloria Fraser Giffords.
“Saint Joseph & The Laborers,” will be on display through Aug. 2021 and is curated by Courtney Uldrich, MA Candidate, 2021 as part of the course ART 597