Visual Arts Archive

Maurice Burns: A Vibrant Refrain

November 10 - December 31, 2017 // Cinematheque Gallery 

Opening reception on Friday, November 10, 5-7pm in the Cinematheque Gallery

The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce the presentation of the exhibition A Vibrant Refrain by Maurice Burns, opening on Friday, November 10, 2017 with a public reception 5-7pm in the Cinematheque Gallery. The exhibition is on view November 10 through December 31, 2017.

Richly textured and layered with bold, saturated color, Maurice Burns’ paintings are invigorating and conceptual. Deeply influenced by Jazz greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, Burns aims to paint like Monk composes - with intention, drama,  and reflective dissonance. His subjects seem to be swaying to music, even when depicted at rest. Street dancers and musicians photographed on a trip to Cuba find themselves painted into delightful invented settings on Burns’ vibrantly-hued canvases. Burns lets each painting evolve from a free form of associations, beginning with a figure who, as Burns puts it, “exists in its own world,” followed by random images as he is inspired to add them. The result is a fanciful trip into the mind of Maurice Burns, where the most important thing is the freedom to be alive and express yourself.

Maurice Burns took a winding path to becoming a painter. A Vietnam veteran-turned-burned-out computer systems designer for Chicago City College who practiced drawing in his spare time, Burns decided to take advantage of the newly reinstated GI Bill and go back to college. Valuing freedom over money, Burns left a prosperous career designing computer systems, sold his Porsche, and applied to art schools. “My future was in my freedom; not my financial position,” he asserts. Burns landed a spot at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) to begin his formal art education, immersing himself in the painting program there, and moved on to the Royal College of Art in London to earn his master’s degree.

Transplanted to Santa Fe in the 1970s to take a teaching position at IAIA, Burns began immediately making his mark in the community by co-founding the visiting artist residency program in collaboration with his new friend and colleague, artist TC Cannon. “I came here,” says Burns, “with the goal of getting a studio where I could live and just paint for the rest of my life. That was 42 years ago, “ and he shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.

Burns has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as: the Royal College of Art in London, IAIA, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Albuquerque Museum. Early in his career he was featured in the 1977 book Black Artists of the New Generation by Elton Fax, and was included in Who’s Who in Black America in 1981. Additionally, he has been featured in publications such as Santa Fe Art, Davenport’s Art Reference, Santa Fe Arts Journal, and THE Magazine.

Image: Maurice Burns, Monk’s Mood, 2014, oil on canvas, diptych, 60” x 96”

Creativity for Peace presents 'Wonder Girls'

"Wonder Girls" Release, Book-signing, Lecture and Photo Exhibition in the Cinematheque Lobby Gallery
January 24-February 4, 2018

CREATIVITY FOR PEACE, a Santa Fe-based nonprofit, celebrates the stabilizing role that young women play in our communities with the upcoming exhibition of photographs, January 24-31, 2018, from the just-released book, "WONDER GIRLS, Changing Our World" by Paola Gianturco and Alex Sangster. CREATIVITY FOR PEACE will host an exhibition of 20 of Gianturco's images in the CCA Cinematheque Lobby Gallery, opening January 24, and running through February 4, 2018.  Proceeds will benefit the work of CREATIVITY FOR PEACE. 

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Performance: Industrial Foundations by New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble

Saturday, August 26 // CCA Tank Garage Galleries // 7-9pm // $15-$25 sliding scale

Industrial Foundations is a collaborative project between New Mexican composers, dancers, and performers. University of New Mexico faculty members and renowned composers, Peter Gilbert and Karola Obermüller, will compose an electroacoustic piece for the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble Collective to perform with Albuquerque-based dancers, Naomi Elizabeth Montoya and Rhea M. Riley.  For this particular piece on the program, audience members will be encouraged to move throughout the venue to experience the space in various ways.  Additionally, a sense of experiencing different cycles of time (like the life-span of man-made materials vs the mountains we see on the horizon, for example) will be an important way for the music to connect to the physical space surrounding us, as well as the Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand exhibition. 

American Studies

September 8 - November 5, 2017 // Cinematheque Lobby 

Opening reception on Friday, September 8, 5-7pm in the Cinematheque Lobby

The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is pleased to announce the presentation of the exhibition American Studies by Richard Sober, opening on Friday, September 8, 2017 with a public reception 5-7pm in the Cinematheque Lobby. The exhibition is on view September 8 through November 5, 2017. 

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The Cassavetes Project, 27 photographs by Steve Reisch

June 9 - September 3, 2017 // Cinematheque Lobby 

Opening reception on Friday, June 9, 5-7pm in the Cinematheque Lobby

The Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce the presentation of the exhibition The Cassavetes Project, 27 photographs by Steve Reisch, opening on Friday, June 9, 2017 with a public reception 5-7pm in the Cinematheque Lobby. The exhibition is on view June 9 through August 13.

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Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand

July 28 - December 31, 2017 //  CCA Tank Garage Galleries and Sculpture Garden

The Center for Contemporary Arts is pleased to announce the exhibition of Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand, on view from July 28 - December 31, 2017. 

Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand continues Joyce’s explorations of iron as a profoundly symbolic material whose regenerative matter, aesthetic malleability, and cultural meaning resonate locally and globally at the deepest levels of history and contemporary life. Stretching from CCA’s Tank Garage to its new outdoor sculpture garden, the exhibition features new works by Joyce influenced by his many years of working with industrially forged remnants and byproducts of large scale manufacturing. In addition to forged and cast iron sculpture, the show highlights iron-inspired photography, video, charred drawings and mixed media installations, including experimental bodies of work in materials newly utilized by Joyce. 

Image: Well XI, dye sublimation photograph on aluminum © 2017 Tom Joyce Studio

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Monte del Sol Student Exhibition

March 31 - April 9, 2017 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery 

Opening reception on Friday, March 31, 5-7pm

This exhibition is the 16th annual, all-inclusive high school (no students left out) overview of the visual art that is made in the Monte del Sol classroom. Monte del Sol offers a visual art elective that includes 2-D and 3-D design as well as painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media and printmaking. Monte del Sol also offers a photography elective that is a hands-on history of photography that spans historical analogue through modern day digital processes. Some of the processes covered are: Cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, Salted Paper Printing, Albumen, Black and White - Gelatin Silver Process (tradition chemical darkroom work), Gum Bichromate, Wet Plate Collodion, Digital Capture and Digital Negative Making.

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The LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico

April 21 - July 9, 2017 // Spector Ripps Project Space 

Opening reception on Friday, April 21, 6-8pm in the Spector Ripps Project Space

The LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico was originally conceived as an online web project by the internationally known photographic blog The intention was to virtually spotlight photographic artists working in each U.S. State, devoting an entire week to 7 artists from that state. A guest Project Editor/Artist was invited to represent each state by LENSCRATCH founder, artist, and writer, Aline Smithson.

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Render Bender

March 25, 2017 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 5 - 9p // $10

Render Bender is a drawing-themed community event and fundraiser to support CCA’s 2017 Visual Arts program. Render Bender is an evening of creative flurry and abounding entertainment. Audience members watch 50 local artists draw and have the opportunity to purchase drawings immediately as they are finished. Music, performance, food, drink, and activities in the gallery will create an atmosphere of creative merriment for attendees of all ages. It is a great way to have fun with family and friends and to start (or grow) an art collection with terrific work by wonderful artists! $10 admission and all drawings are $75.

Sponsored by:
Rowley Farmhouse Ales
Gavin Collier Framing


Cryin' Out Loud

April 21 - July 9, 2017 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery 

Cryin' Out Loud is a juried exhibition that examines the role of women's and femmes' voices as expressed in art about politics, activism, and emotion. Considering both the metaphoric and literal voice, Cryin' Out Loud explores and celebrates the use of art as a form of speaking up and out. A large group exhibition of works by selected artists will take place in CCA's Muñoz Waxman Gallery. 

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Tomorrow's Yesterday Home - Recent Paintings by Micaela Gardner

Feb 17 - June 4  // Cinematheque Lobby Gallery

Tomorrow's Yesterday Home is an exhibition of ten never before seen painting by Santa Fe-based artist Micaela Garder. Painted on large Alder panels, the works are cohesive and consistent. Gardner lets her painting unfold as she creates them, preferring to be led by intuition and exploration. Her recent exploration has led her to find a fictional future world. 

Ancient dwelling sites and ruins have captivated Gardner; she identifies with the spirit of these abandoned ancestral sites and uses her painting process to re-imagine a future of re-habitation. The loose narrative in ten oil painted panels is one of environmental apocalypse, survival, and humanity. The imagery in this series of painting is obscured ly large sweeping brush strokes and fields of color, revealing just enough information to hint at a storyline. 

“There is an inscription on my soul that knows the spirit in these places, an earth-connected human tone that revokes capitalism. With these paintings, I imagine a fantastic re-occupation of places like Bandelier, during and after an environmental apocalypse. I see obscure, contained biospheres, and living technologies as they intonate with old ways. I feel the ancestors in our bodies meeting the future with a new kind of survival.”  – Micaela Gardner

Tomorrow's Yesterday Home is on view until June 4, 2017. 

Micaela Gardner, born 1967, is a contemporary painter and native of the Southwest, based in Santa Fe. She works predominantly in oil and panel. Ranging in scale and tone, her paintings can be described as cryptic, fluid, gestural, and transparent. Her interest in finding her voice led her away from academia and directly to art-making. Her process is "automatic" - she avoids under paintings or planning her paintings and considers her practice a kind of interpretive worship. 


STORIES from the Shoulders UP

Sunday, September 11 // 3-5p // spector ripps project space // FREE

Celebrating the final day of the exhibition Everything Anywhere, local poets and storytellers utilize their voices, speaking directly into the monumental head created by artist Cannupa Hanska Luger. Readings by Isreal F. Haros Lopez, others TBA. 

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FILM SCREENING: Robt. Williams: Mr. Bitchin'

Sunday, September 25  // CCA Cinematheque // 1p

Mr. Bitchin’ “... delivers insight into multiple American counter-cultures by following the great American artist and underground legend Robert Williams” ( It premiered at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) to sold out audiences. The screening is followed by a Q&A with Williams and film director Nancye Ferguson.

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Subliminal Memory

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David Randolph's Subliminal Memory
August 9 – September 7, 2014
In the Cinematheque Lobby
Opening reception: Friday, August 22, 6-8pm

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The Radio Confessional

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Outside the Gallery

Want to broadcast your hopes, thoughts and experiences to the public? 

The Radio Confessional is a perfect spiritual place to discover what it means to be a voice on the radio. The Radio Confessional is a tiny stand alone structure with live mics broadcasting to local FM frequencies. Built and created by Parker Jennings, this small sanctuary gives you a feeling of intimacy and personal expression to divulge into the world of public broadcasting. Open to the public, the Radio Confessional provides an opportunity for the viewer to interact with the medium of radio in a intimate and comfortable environment with no pressure and no rules. The Radio Confessional provides a platform for the viewer to co-create the context of the installation by providing the content. The viewer and the listeners decides the ultimate meaning of the piece. Tune into the sounds and words from CCA at 93.7 FM. Due to a legal low frequency, one must be within 50 feet of the Radio Confessional to pick up the waves. Happy listening!

Open Thursday - Sunday 12pm - 5pm and by appointment through Parker Jennings.

What I Did During the Great Recession

Cinematheque Lobby

Jonathan Blaustein is an artist, writer, and educator based in Taos, New Mexico. He studied Economics and History at Duke University, before receiving an MFA in Photography from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. Jonathan has exhibited his work widely in the US, and his photographs reside in several important collections, including the Library of Congress, the State of New Mexico, the Brooklyn Museum, MOPA, the UNM Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

Jonathan has taught photography for almost a decade, and also writes for the New York Times and A Photo Editor, an influential blog for the global photography industry. Look for his Friday column at

I made these pictures during the Great Recession.
It's where I put my time, as my studio business diminished.
I started shooting "The Value of a Dollar" in the Spring of 2008, half a year before the straight up melt down. I realized I couldn't afford blueberries.
So I went shopping for food here in New Mexico, measured out one dollar's worth of different things, and photographed the results on my studio table.
"MINE" was made in 2011, as I used my own natural resources, from my own land. The trees and rocks and snow and animals became "free" source material for still lives and sculptures in the studio. It was exhibited in 2012 with the support of NM Arts.

CENTER: The Curve


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CCA Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
June 14 – August 10, 2014

CENTER's 19th Annual International Awards attracted entries from 43 countries around the globe. The CENTER Awards highlight outstanding photographic works of gifted and committed photographers who receive professional development packages including a cash grant, exhibitions, attendance to Review Santa Fe and exposure for their work. Review Santa Fe is CENTER's flagship event June 26-29 and brings together photographers and photography curators, editors, and gallerists to review portfolios amidst a dynamic set of events, parties and more!

The Curve is an exhibition of this year's award winners and highlight Guy Martin (project launch winner) and Adam Reynolds (project development winner), as well as Manjari Sharma, Morgan Ashcom, Jeanine Michna-Bales, Thomas Jackson, Charlie Simokaitis, Barbara Hazen, Anne Berry, Mateusz Sarello, and Ryan Zoghlin.

Air Force: aesthetic experiments in aviation

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CCA spector ripps project space
June 14 – August 10, 2014

A television transmitter broadcasts from a tethered 5-foot weather balloon. Unmanned Autonomous Vehicles shoot aerial video. Drones make drawings in the sky at an architectural scale. And in the gallery, wall drawings and works on paper are created via remote control airplane. Albuquerque-based artist Lee Montgomery presents Air Force: aesthetic experiments in aviation in conjunction with Currents New Media Festival.

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Dear Erin Hart,

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CCA Living Room
June 14 – August 10, 2014
Jessamyn Lovell's identity was stolen by a San Francisco-based woman named Erin Hart. Dear Erin Hart, is a body of work made in response to crimes Erin Hart committed using Jessamyn’s name and identity. In an effort to piece together her transgressor’s crime spree, Jessamyn documented relevant places, interviewed witnesses, hired a private investigator, and even photographed Erin Hart being released from jail. Through photography, video, and other forms of documentation, Jessamyn attempts to understand this woman and the course of events that brought their lives together.

All the News That's Fit to Print

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January 24 – March 30, 2014

Guest curated by Santa Fe-based artist Donna Ruff, this exhibition features a national roster of artists who, like her, incorporate the New York Times in their work. The exhibition features drawings, textiles, sculpture, and multi-media incarnations of the world's newspaper of record from A.J. Bocchino, Adam Simon, Donna Ruff, Elissa Levy, Francesca Pastine, Fred Tomaselli, Guy Richards Smit, Lauren DiCioccio, Pat Boas, and Shanti Grumbine.

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CCA, Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
April 11 - May 30, 2014

In celebration of its 35th anniversary, CCA presents an exhibition of 100+ artworks, a gala with auction, a benefit film festival, and a series of public programs that honor the countless artists who have made Santa Fe a mecca for the arts.

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Nuclear Age Vintage Ads


The Workshop
October 11, 2013 - January 5,2014
Open: Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Archivist and Librarian, Megan Prelinger, presents thirteen images from industrial advertising that relate to nuclear technology. The images date from between 1953 and 1963, a time of extremely rapid identity development for nuclear industries. Twelve out of these images are magazine advertisements that appeared in industrial trade journals; the last is the cover of an exhibit catalog. The advertisements were designed by artists and represent physics and the nuclear industry in graphically fascinating ways.

Tony Price and the Blackhole


spector ripps project space
October 11, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Open: Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Tony Price was so horrified by the bomb's potential to thoroughly alter lives by its mere existence - and to end all life by its actual use - that he committed his life to making art with a meaning. Through his "atomic art" Price formed a friendship with Ed Grothus, a machinist and technician for the Los Alamos Laboratory and, later, the owner of the Black Hole, a surplus store of objects and materials from the Los Alamos Labs. Tony Price was one of the Black Hole's most devoted customers and his work, made from nuclear detritus, is celebrated and collected worldwide. Tony Price and the Black Hole presents historic ephemera from the Black Hole as well as never-before-seen work from Tony Price's estate.

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Los Alamos Historical Society Archive


The Living Room
October 11, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Open: Thursday-Sunday, 12-5pm

Historic photographs from the Los Alamos Historical Society Archive remind audiences of the people, the lifestyles, the landscapes, and historic context behind the making of the atomic bomb. Books and videos from the Historical Society, alongside artist catalogs, and other relevant materials make up the Living's Rooms self-service resource center. Thanks to a grant from New Mexico Arts, CCA makes the PBS series Art21 available for viewing on demand.



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January 24 - March 30, 2014

Santa Fe based emerging artists Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson make up the collective SCUBA. In honor of winter and of the fleeting arctic, but also as an opportunity to create a series of fun adventures and cool spaces, SCUBA presents ICEPOP, a newly commissioned, multi-pronged project that examines ice, exploration, and mobility. Working with ice as both material and muse, in both its natural and man-made forms, ICEPOP is a celebration of arctic exploration, crystalline forms, white, melting, translucence. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a modified, solar-powered box truck called Ice Shelf that is equipped with retail, research and living space and inspired by notions of mobility, simplicity, and access. ICEPOP is augmented by a retail store featuring multiples made by emerging artists as well as field trips to cold places, a film series, an outdoor project, and a panel discussion about the trends of arctic exploration in recent art.

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Atomic Surplus


CCA Muñoz Waxman Galleries
October 11 - January 5, 2014

Atomic Surplus is a multi-faceted project that examines what it means to live in the birthplace of the atomic bomb. Through art that addresses not only New Mexico identity, but also the larger realms of science, environment, war, activism, fear and hope, Atomic Surplus will consist of a major group exhibition; a sub-exhibition of historic artworks; a film series; a lecture series; hands-on, field-based children's education program; essay-driven exhibition catalog; and online archive.

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Making Places

CCA Munoz Waxman Main Gallery
JULY 12 - SEPTEMBER 22nd, 2013
OPENING RECEPTION: July 12, 5:30 - 8pm.

Making Places is at once a retrospective, a new commission, a 3D instruction manual, and an intimate examination of what it takes to develop an art-driven life. Linda Fleming and Michael Moore have been married for decades; their life together is a pastiche of homes built, places cultivated, practices evolved, dogs loved, friends lost, meals shared, and first-and-foremost, art produced. The exhibition features custom-made spaces, collected objects, designed audience experiences, as well as the couple's remarkable paintings, drawings and sculptures.

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Collect 10/Lucky 13

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April 26 - May 19, 2013

In its 13th iteration, Collect 10 invites artists and audiences to get lucky. As a fundraiser for CCA and in support of artists, 132 artworks by 81 artists are for sale! Thanks to everyone for participating and congratulations to the winners!

The People's Choice Award of $300 went to Rebecca Ahrens!

The Curator's Choice will be announced at the end of the show after studio visits with three semi-finalists: Cary Cluett, Linda Michel-Cassidy and S. Blake Walton.

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The Big Hoot: an architectural phantasmagoric comix intervention

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April 18 - May 12, 2013

Albuquerque-based artists Larry Bob Phillips and David Leigh collaborate on an exhibition of fantastic and slightly grotesque drawings that aim to overwhelm the audience with comedic images of power. These giant drawings create a space of cartoon horror, featuring comedic landscapes of birds, death, politics, gingerbread houses and more. The Big Hoot provides the setting for an experimental, interactive performance by the New York-based collective, Cheryl, on May 4.

Closing reception with the artists: Friday, May 10, 6-8pm.

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Muñoz Waxman Front Gallery
March 2013

Center for Contemporary Arts and Theater Grottesco team up to produce Eventua: a series of cutting-edge performances. Launching in March 2013, Eventua is an 8-week program featuring local and national artists at the vanguard of event-based contemporary art. As an annual collaboration, Eventua promises to become one of the most diverse and interesting performance programs in the Southwest. Invited groups include: Lisa Fay/Jeff Glassman Duo, Sandglass Puppet Theater, Faustwork Mask Theater, Laura Goldhamer, Cole Bee Wilson, Cheryl, and others.

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El otoño mío es tu primavera


CCA spector ripps project space
March 15 - April 21, 2013

Miguel Arzabe's work is an intimate exploration of deep influences arising from his Bolivian heritage, his ancestors, and their legends. El otoño mío es tu primavera (my autumn is your spring) combines new video and painting in an installation that references the spatial distance, the subjective understanding, and the unrelenting passage of time that exists between two homes in different hemispheres.

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Muñoz Waxman Front Gallery
March 9 – April 14, 2013

Collaborating with an array of musicians, Albuquerque-based artist Billy Joe Miller presents the second installment of a larger project that investigates the four seasons through sound and art. For Miller, spring is a time of urgent newness, raw beginnings, cycles, movement and wind. Through mixed media, a live concert and a special edition CD, Revival explores the many layers of vernal temperament. Musical collaborations with: A Hawk and a Hacksaw, Twig Palace, Jordan O'Jordan, Danny Paul Grody, Pillars and Tongues, Hedia and others.

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Alone Together


CCA spector ripps project space
February 1 - March 10, 2013

Featuring new work by Albuquerque-based artist Natalie Smith, Alone Together is an exploration of the relationships between people and objects and between objects themselves. Non-traditional textile-like paintings are collaged, arranged, and grouped on the wall. Their sculptural presentation calls into question the intuitive process of collecting, combining, displaying, and organizing, the activities and patterns that make up the fabric of our lives.

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The Warriors: A Love Story


CCA Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
Performances: Fridays & Saturdays, February 8, 9, 15, 16 at 7:30pm
Sundays, February 10, 17 at 2pm

The Warriors: A Love Story is an evening-length multimedia performance by ARCOS Dance exploring humanity's potential for acts of profound destruction and creation. The show is inspired by the lives of J. Glenn Gray, a Colorado philosophy professor and WWII veteran whose book on modern battle remains highly relevant to this day, and his wife Ursula, a German survivor of the Allied bombing of Dresden, whose passion throughout her life was dance. The visceral, athletic choreography of Curtis Uhlemann and Erica Gionfriddo, and an original script, music, and video by Eliot Gray Fisher, grandson of J. Glenn and Ursula, chronicle the search for understanding the complexity of a history that we must not forget.

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Making Light Of It: 366 Days of the Apocalypse


CCA Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
January 18 - February 17, 2013

San Francisco-based artist Michelle Blade has made one painting a day for the entirety of 2012. As a daily meditation on her relationship with painting and with the apocalyptic Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012, Blade's work investigates themes of ritual and prophecy, the real and unreal, as well as a universal yearning to connect with the unfamiliar. Blade's solo exhibition Making Light of It features the debut of all 366 apocalypse paintings, alongside new sculptural works, as a triumphant New Year proclamation.

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Stitch Thought


CCA spector ripps project space
October 26 - December 9, 2012

At once familiar, deceiving, exaggerated, and bizarre, Stitch Thought is a domestic environment made of felt. This soft installation, sewn by Albuquerque-based Tamara Wilson, features 100 light bulbs, a couch, and other living room furnishings. These everyday objects suggest comfort and warmth but, as soft sculpture they are rendered extraordinarily useless.

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Dust in the Machine


CCA Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
September 21 - November 25, 2012

The twentieth century spawned the industrialization of the American West. With its suburban developments, water diversion projects, oil and natural gas rigs, power plants, atomic laboratories, military testing grounds, and sophisticated roadways, the western states have become a landscape of mechanization.

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Arrhythmic Visions

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March 16 - June 9, 2012


in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery & Foyer

A two person exhibition of sculptures and drawings by artists Jamie Hamilton and Alison Keogh...

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Collect 10

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in the spector ripps project space

CCA's annual Collect 10 celebrates the diversity of the New Mexico arts community by inviting any and all image makers to create wall works that fit within a 10" cube. Collect encourages audiences to ease the border between established and...

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Calaveras Resplandecientes


January 20 - April 1, 2012
a George O. Jackson exhibitions in the spector ripps project space

Jackson has had exhibitions at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the San Antonio Museum of Art and Museo Nacional de Antropologia in Mexico City...

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Collective Collected

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a Meow Wolf Exhibition in the spector ripps project space
This holiday season come see "Collective Collected", a group show of traditional works from artists associated with the prominent art collective Meow Wolf. Works of art in a wide range of media from over 30 artists...

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Truth Defined


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a UNM Graduate Student Exhibition in the spector ripps project space

Truth Defined, an exhibition comprised of photo based works, runs simultaneously with the Society for Photographic Education...

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Kaleidospoke 2011

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in the Spector Ripps Project Space.

Kaleidospoke seeks to instill the love of cycling through art and film by showcasing bicycle-inspired murals, film and spoke cards from national artists and filmmakers and the Annual Mellow Velo Bike Pageant..

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a Munson Hunt Art Exhibition in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery 

By sculpting centuries old cottonwoods harvested from a single source in the forests of Northern New Mexico, Munson Hunt..

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18 Days


February 11 - March 20, 2011

a fine arts exhibition, film, and performing arts event in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery

Over 100 art pieces on display from recently selected women artists from New Mexico.

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June 11 to July 31, 2010

an installation/performance by Ward Shelley and Douglas Paulson in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery

This room-sized installation is part of a collaborative project begun in 2005. Originally conceived as a living environment that represented an externalization of the mind...

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Be It

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July 27 – September 9, 2012
Muñoz Waxman Gallery
a site specific installation by Matt Barton

Bathe in this light.  Move through it.  Wander in it, become it.  Light is the basis of sight and of nature; it is the very essence of life. As humans we respond to light in conscious and subliminal ways, with a wide range of emotions yet much of light's spectrum is not perceivable to the human eye.

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Connecting Liminal Nowhere: Land Arts of the American West 2012


CCA Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
December 9 - December 30, 2012

Land Arts of the American West, at the University of New Mexico, is an ongoing experiment in radical interdisciplinary arts pedagogy, with field based research and practice taking place throughout the American Southwest. This program emphasizes direct physical engagement within a full range of human interventions in the landscape, from pre-contact Native American architecture, rock paintings and petroglyphs to contemporary art, federal infrastructure, US military installations, ecological niches, and land use structures across the West. CCA will present a culmination of works from the 2012 Land Arts program, ranging from two-dimensional, sculptural, installation, multi-media, and performance based projects, inducing an interdisciplinary play of research and practice across place.

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December 3 - February 13, 2011

a Mokha Laget Art Exhibition in the spector ripps project space

A new body of "architectonic paintings" by French-American artist Mokha Laget, Crux features the artist's "Bildung" series, (16th century German concept of unfolding potentialities..

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Forget Your Perfect Offering


CCA spector ripps project space
December 14, 2012 - January 27, 2013

Santa Fe-based artists Sydney Cooper and Edie Tsong present a new collaboration in the form of an installation and performance series called Forget Your Perfect Offering. This creative space illuminates the struggle to find meaning through object arrangement, ancestor worship, and celebration of everyday life in a ritual setting. This show celebrates the many ways we make meaning out of what we do. Blending religions, traditions, icons, mundane objects and repetitive activities, the artists create moments of introspection and community togetherness while highlighting the hybrid nature of contemporary ritual. Cooper and Tsong invite a spectrum of other local artists to produce performances throughout the run of this unique show.

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CCA Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery
December 9 - December 30, 2012

During a joint residency at the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah, Patrick Kikut, David Jones and Shelby Shadwell produced an exhibition of new art that investigates the spirit of place. Colleagues in the art department at University of Wyoming, these three Laramie-based artists worked in collaboration and individually to create a cohesive body of work

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In the Pursuit of Happiness

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Muñoz Waxman Foyer
July 20 - September 9, 2012

An exhibition and symposium that stimulate dialog around art, inequality, and changing public policy How do we understand happiness and fulfillment? Can flourishing be quantified? What sort of metrics can take into account a multi-dimensional experience of well being?

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a José Gabriel Hernandez Art Exhibition in the spector ripps project space.
Jose Gabriel Hernandez's work focuses on his spiritual quest to understand the complexities of the individual mind in relation..

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The Due Return


 May 13 to August 21, 2011

a Meow Wolf installationin the Muñoz Waxman Gallery

"… a colossal art installation … " - Weekly Alibi

"… an otherworldly environment …" - The New Mexican

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The Rain Machine


Fall 2010

an Eric Tillinghast intallation in the Munoz Waxman Gallery

"..Tillinghast devised a site-specific, monumental installation titled Rain Machine, wherein water was pumped from a 25-by-81-foot containment pool..

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July 13 - August 26, 2012 in the Spector Ripps Project Space  

In its second iteration, Kaleidospoke continues a celebration of bicycles and art. Through bicycle-related films and artwork, one-of-a-kind and limited edition bicycle paraphernalia, and even a bicycle beauty pageant, Kaleidospoke is a multi-media, multi-venue community event for the love of bicycles.

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Rhythms of Life

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Spector Ripps Project Space
September 7 – October 21, 2012

Andrew Rogers (Australia) has created Rhythms of Life, the largest contemporary land art undertaking in the world, forming a chain of 48 massive stone sculptures, or Geoglyphs, around the globe. The project has involved over 6,700 people in 13 countries across seven continents. CCA presents documentation of this massive project.


Under Pressure

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a Marwin Begaye art exhibition  in the spector ripps project space

Begaye attempts to capture some of the glaring inequities often found in the lives of Native Americans, primarily diabetes, alcoholism and poverty epidemics that have..

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