Though the official holiday is still a bit down the road, there's no denying that Valentine's Day is in the air. Retailers have broken out their sign-holding cupids, romantics are making reservations and the cynical are busy thinking about the perfect counterpoint to V-Day's saccharine saturation (my fave activity is watching a Leprechaun marathon and eating vegetarian pigs in a blanket while wearing sackcloth). But Valentine's Day also provides us with a perfect opportunity to demonstrate a larger kind of love for all humans. OK, most humans; let's not get carried away.
Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens
By Erin Adair-Hodges
Regarded as one of the 20th century's most important and mind-bendingly influential artists, Man Ray was a painter, avant-garde photographer, sculptor and pal of Salvador Dalí. An exhibit of his work, Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens, makes its only stop west of the Potomac River here in Albuquerque at the UNM Art Museum beginning Feb. 5.
The Art/Design Distinction
Waxing philosophical on 516 ARTS’ Form & Function
By Julia Mandeville
There’s a puzzling distinction made between art and design. It seems to be based on the often unstated assumptions that: 1) Artists and designers do different things; 2) both the processes and the outputs of each are inherently different; 3) beauty of form and utility of function cannot exist equally in a single object, which means that one must always eclipse the other (so when beauty is dominant, the object is art, and when utility is dominant, the object is design). But fundamentally, both artists and designers are responsible for an object’s creation; both utility and beauty are equally present in most everything around us—and are mutually reinforcing, at that.
Art That’s With You
Josh MacPhee’s Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today
Review by Marisa Demarco
Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today
There's a sense sometimes that "real" art is far away. It hangs in climate-controlled galleries. It’s expensive. It's created by someone divinely gifted. Real art is timeless in this paradigm, and timeless translates to "not obviously connected to things that happen in your time." It's left to pop culture to converse with what's going on in the world today. Or so the outdated thinking goes.
2nd Annual South American Folk Fair
By Robin Babb
South American arts and crafts vendors, dancers and musicans pay homage to Andean communities.
Otter's Odd Adventure
By August March
World premiere performance of a new work for narrator and orchestra by the creator of "Too Much Coffee Man Opera."
Taos Poetry Festival
By Monica Schmitt
Story slams, workshops and open mics featuring poets Ocean Vuong, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, Nathan Brown, Sabina Jones and Alyia Martinson.
4th Annual New Mexico Chamber Music Festival
Talented young participants from around the world perform.
Courtesy of Wyrdteenth's Facebook Event Page
By Robin Babb
Celebrate cultural aesthetics and critical dimensions of Afrofuturism with zines, poetry and performances from Ebony Isis Booth, Marya Errin Jones, Brielle Leilani, Tanesia Hale-Jones.
4th Annual Outpost Gala Fundraiser featuring Taj Mahal at Albuquerque Museum of Art and History
The legendary bluesman performs, preceded by a dinner, silent auction and more in the museum. Concert-only tickets also available.
Roy and Kim at Tortuga Gallery
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