Land of Enchantment: New Mexico as Cultural Crossroads
June 2, 2015 through August 23, 2015For thousands of years, New Mexico—or more broadly the desert Southwest—has hosted waves of human habitation, each with its own distinctive material culture. Situated on the north-south trade route between Colorado and Mexico and at the western edge of the Great Plains, the area’s diverse topography and population have inspired countless visual responses from petroglyphs to photographs.
The Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art
May 1, 2015 through August 9, 2015The Romance of the Moon: Science Fiction Invades Art explores several themes commonly found in the literary genre, including space exploration, environmental crisis, the cosmic uncanny, the relationship between human and machine, close encounters, and creative invention. This constellation of interests manifests itself in a variety of media through abstraction, realism, hyperbole, and humor.
Visual Cather: The Writer's Pictorial Imagination
May 19, 2015 through August 30, 2015Willa Cather (1873–1947) was a dedicated viewer: of performance; of places; and also of fine art and architecture. Her fiction, her journalism, and her letters are filled with references and allusions to works that provoked and inspired her. Scholars have recently begun to appreciate just how powerful a cultural critic Cather was—with her deep and informed interest in a range of cultural production, not only literature. This exhibition focuses on Cather’s personal and professional interest in art—from being influenced by late nineteenth-century French painting, to diligently editorializing the illustrations for her novels and artfully crafting her own image as a literary icon.