Leftovers: 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition
November 19-December 2, 2021
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The University Art Museum (UAM) is proud to present Leftovers: 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition, featuring the work of MFA candidates Maggie Day, Alex Nipper, and Donovan Noelle Swann. Leftovers examines how each artist exposes facades to question their own narrative through the use of materials, process, and objects as they relate to specific times and places. Leftovers forces you to confront the people, places, and things in the world around you and analyze the dreams and emotions attached to objects. NMSU Assistant Professor Bree Lamb interprets, “Each artist exercises a keen awareness of the expectations and materialization of social constructs, the performances that exist within various communities, and the related impacts on the development of personal and collective identity.”

Join us for the opening reception of Leftovers: 2021 MFA Thesis Exhibition on Friday, November 19, 2021. 5:30p.m – 7:30p.m. A web-based, virtual tour will be made available for those unable to make the opening the following week. All receptions are free and open to the public.
Programming for this exhibition includes a joint Artist Talk on Thursday, December 2nd at 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the UAM.

Learn more about the exhibition here.

Relational Tectonics and Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation 
January 21-March 5, 2022
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Relational Tectonics and Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation are two site-specific collaborative exhibitions of commissioned and existing works and public programming opening in the University Art Museum at New Mexico State University. Both collaborative installations showcase New Mexico based artists who investigate resilience, vulnerability, community, and intimacy.  Nikesha Breeze presents a large-scale multidimensional exhibition Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation, that surfaces the collective traumas, histories, rituals, and healing of the African Diaspora in the Southwest. Through site-specific installation, sculpture, paintings, film and live performance, Breeze seamlessly weaves African Diasporic history and their own ancestral connection to  Blackdom, NM, the state’s first all-Black community. The second collaborative installation, entitled Relational Tectonics, by artists Ryan Dennison, Eliza Lutz, Cedar Rose Elford-White, Hendrix Olson, and F.A. Marie is structured around the intimate complexities of one of our most private spaces, the bedroom; a space where we undress and redress our worlds. This intimate space is expressed through textile, beaded, printed and other tactile mediums to address the intersections of identity, relation to land, disability, desire, and fluid expression. Relational Tectonics and Four Sites of Return: Ritual, Remembrance, Reparation and Reclamation connects a community of artworks that asserts the voices of people, histories and relationships that are often sidelined by dominant narratives. 

This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Stages of Tectonic Blackness: Blackdom, is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned
by 516 Arts, the New Mexico State University Art Museum and NPN. More information:www.npnweb.org.

Image left: Nikesha Breeze, The Arc of Return, 2021, Baltic birch, hand-etched copper plates, copper mesh, 96 x 48 x 18 in, Photo credit: Form & Concept / Byron Flesher. 
Image right: Eliza Lutz – Able IV – Embroidered monotype – 9”x10” – 2021.  

More information regarding upcoming 2020-2021 exhibitions coming soon.