Say Cheese—During the first few decades following the invention of photography, photographers scoured the world in an attempt to document our planet's varied human inhabitants. Examples of these early images will be on display starting this week at the UNM Art Museum in an exhibit titled First Seen: Portraits of the World's Peoples (1848-1880). The show opens Tuesday, Feb. 7, and runs through May 14. A reception will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. 277-7312.
Structure Breach—A one-woman show of abstract monotypes opens this weekend at the New Grounds Print Workshop (3812 Central SE). Jessica Weybright's elegant work has a naturalistic feel to it, with orbs and other celestial shapes floating in amber-colored space. Stop by the gallery on Friday, Feb. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. for the First Friday Artscrawl reception. Weybright will be demonstrating her unique technique for creating layered monotypes. For more information on this particular show, call 268-8952. For details about the Artscrawl gallery tour itself, go to www.artscrawlabq.org.
Past is Prologue—The new New Mexico History Museum is tentatively scheduled to open in early 2008 on a site adjacent to the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. The Palace has housed the state's history museum since 1909, three years prior to New Mexico even becoming a state, but now that museum will have a home of its very own. Gallagher & Associates is designing the building, and the firm will present an exhibit in the Governor's Gallery of some of the unique design elements under consideration. Check it out through March 17. For details, call (505) 476-5100.