Hard Edge Abstraction was a global art movement that came to the forefront in the 1960s. It had its origins in earlier modern art, and does influence today’s artists. These pieces give the guest the opportunity to perceive the qualities these artists value: simplicity, bold colors, and vibrant compositions. We might even realize that “realism” is actually quite abstract, a mental trick; so-called “abstract art” can be considered much more literally “real.” The work is essentially just what it is.
Sometime around 100 years back, European artists created a revolutionary approach to art making. These modern artists gave realization to the concept that painting (and printmaking) didn’t need to be limited to reproducing an illusion of the outside world. It could depict an “inner” world of feeling and emotion, imagined ethereal dimensions, or even just be about the process and mechanics of the work itself.
Faithful Albuquerque: Twenty-five Churches
This ongoing exhibit includes 25 images of early churches in the Rio Grande Valley from the museum's archived collection of photographs. By 1930, Albuquerque had 40 houses of worship, including one synagogue.
San Felipe de Neri is the oldest surviving church and it resides in Old Town was finished in 1793. Another church, San Francisco Xavier, which is no longer standing, was constructed in 1719.
These images demonstrate the range of the churches’ architecture. As the city flourished, churches were built to reflect stylistic ideals.
Casa San Ysidro
The Gutiérrez/Minge House
Visitors to Casa San Ysidro will be able to study the tools, furnishings, and art used in about 1875 by New Mexicans. As far as New Mexican art and furnishing collections go, it is widely viewed as one of the world’s most comprehensive collections.
The home has been restored and expanded. It combines architectural features and traditional building techniques that make one imagine New Mexico’s Spanish Colonial past. Casa San Ysidro is on the El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail and is listed on the State Register of Cultural Properties. Different types of tours and programs open up this house to the visitor.
Part, Present and Upcoming Exhibitions
Back to Life: The Community of Historic Fairview Cemetery
Through September 11
This exhibit is the premier community-based project to open in the museum’s newly sponsored William A. + Loretta Barrett Keleher Gallery. It includes maps, photographs, artifacts, interviews, and documents, which capture the lives of New Albuquerque’s founders, physicians, politicians, railroad employees, law enforcement, religious leaders, and others buried here.
Route 66: Radiance, Rust, and Revival on the Mother Road
Through Oct 2
To honor the 90th anniversary of Route 66, this exhibition draws attention to the history, popular culture and art of the iconic highway.
Albuquerque sits at the center of the Southwestern leg of the route and is remarkable because, at 16 miles, it “houses” the longest stretch of the highway in a single city in the country and the only place where the highway crosses itself. Visitors will note there will be a new element to the exhibit every week, namely movie nights, a car show, outdoor concerts, and a sock hop.
Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock
Jun 25 to Oct 2
In the 1950s, Antoine Predock was a student at the University of New Mexico, regularly moving from the architecture program to the Art Department to study with the painters Walter Kulhman and Elaine De Kooning, and painter and sculptor John Tatschl.