Current Exhibitions

THE UAM WILL BE CLOSED FROM  March 14 – March 30, 2020 in accordance with the NMSU implementation of a system-wide, two-week spring break. Please check this website often for updates regarding programming. Please watch and read a note from our director for more information. 

Over the coming weeks, we will create and release a series of digital programming associated with our exhibition Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, including artist performances, online exhibitions, workshops and digital projects. We will announce more details as they become available.

Beginning the programming will be the reopening of Patty Chang’s: List of Fears

Patty Chang has opened back up her fears list for us all to express our collective fears during this COVID-19 crisis.  The fears can be about anything- they can be personal, global, societal, mundane or profound, everything is valid.  Sit down for 5-10 minutes and list all fears that come to your mind without editing out anything. Just write down quickly any thoughts that come to your head. Let it all out. The fears will be recited in-camera or live by one or more performers for the artist’s solo exhibition at 18th Street’s Airport Gallery June-August 2020 as well as possible live performance at NMSU art gallery during the run of the exhibition Labor-Motherhood & Art in 2020 co-curated by Marisa Sage & Laurel Nakadate. The fears list is part of Patty’s project “Milk Debt”, a multipart video and performance project of women pumping breast milk while reciting lists of crowd-sourced fears in various communities world-wide. Chang views lactation as an act of empathy, enabling a woman to be more connected, more open and accepting and less likely to think of oneself first. Channeling the individual fears of those assembled into a public speech transforms them into a message of collective comfort, support and love. “In a time when people are impacted by climate change, governmental policies, and lack of resources, it is vital to find ways to connect with others, be inclusive and compassionate and find ways of making meaning in our world,” states Chang.

 The title “Milk Debt” is derived from the concept of a debt in Chinese Buddhism that is ascribed to a child for the impossibility of repaying their mother for raising and feeding them with her breast milk. Breast milk is created when the body starts to produce the hormones prolactin and oxytocin. Oxytocin is also produced when one is in love. “Milk Debt” is an arrangement that binds one to history and to the earth. It is an unpayable debt. “Milk Debt” harkens back to some of Chang’s earliest performances, videos and research projects from the 1990’s in which through self-portraiture and the use of her parents as subjects, she dissected socially constructed ideas of femininity, the boundaries between fear and desire, and the conflict, sacrifice and love inherent in all parent-child relationships. We are making a script based on fears submitted by people who live in the New Mexico -Texas – Mexico border region.

Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020
On view: February 28 – May 28, 2020
Opening reception: Friday, February 28, 2020, 6:30 PM
In Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020, the inaugural exhibition of the new University Art Museum (UAM) at New Mexico State University (NMSU), will open on February 28, 2020 and remain on view until May 28, 2020. This exhibition, co-curated by museum director Marisa Sage and artist Laurel Nakadate, aims to expand and enrich the compelling conversations regarding motherhood in today’s socio-political climate. Through video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photographic works, a diverse group of artists explore themes of empowerment, empathy, intimacy, selflessness, vulnerability, failure, anxiety, and choice. Situated in the Borderplex region of Southern New Mexico,Labor confronts and challenges historic and contemporary ways mothers and mothering have been represented in both art and popular culture. This exhibition strives to create a space of inclusivity and support that offers opportunities not only for internationally-celebrated artists, but also for the regional community, through local programming and the exhibition of work by New Mexico-based artists that speak to their own experiences relating to motherhood.  

Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 features the work of artists Tracey Baran, María Berrío, Patty Chang, Lenka Clayton, Amy Cutler, Joey Fauerso, Tierney Gearon, Kate Gilmore, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Mary Kelly, Justine Kurland, Marilyn Minter, Laurel Nakadate, Hương Ngô & Hồng- Ân Trương, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Laurie Simmons, Wendy Red Star, and Mickalene Thomas. Labor builds off MOTHER, a fall 2018 exhibition of photography and video co-curated by Laurel Nakadate and Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects in New York. Many of the artists in Laboropenly address the choice of becoming mothers, in particular pausing over the emphasis on childlessness in the arts, while looking back at their own mothers’ lives for insight into the mercurial experience of mothering. Many of the works reframe motherhood within the context of artistic practice, finding this recalibration necessary, urgent, and inspirational.


*Image Captain: Amy Cutler, Remedy, Gouache on paper, 2014, Copyright Amy Cutler, Courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.