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 V.19 No.5 | February 4 - 10, 2010 
Understanding Genius

Culture Shock

Heart Attack

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.

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“Noire et blanche,” Man Ray, 1926 ©2010 Man Ray Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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Understanding Genius

Man Ray, African Art and the Modernist Lens

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.

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“Bayahibe” by Joan Weissman

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The Art/Design Distinction

Waxing philosophical on 516 ARTS’ Form & Function

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.

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Book Review

Art That’s With You

Josh MacPhee’s Paper Politics: Socially Engaged Printmaking Today

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.

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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jun 24)

Coloring Outside The Lines

Roy G Biv Reception

Jamie Brunson, Robert Townsend and Fausto Fernandez use color as the visual language of artistic ecstasy with watercolors, oil paint, collage techniques and more. Runs through 7/10.
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EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Jun 25)

Quitar lo Bailado

Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture

Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.
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EVENT HORIZON (Wednesday, Jun 29)

Get Lost

What Are Fractals?

Learn about fractals through presentations and hands-on activities.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Jul 1)

Beyond the Shadows

Beyond the Shadows

A nonverbal shadow puppet show for the whole family. Follow Paloma on her journey across the land on a quest to find a new place to call home.
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EVENT HORIZON (Monday, Jul 4)

Ballads and Bottle Rockets

Battle of the Bands

Local bands compete to be the group that is most talented. Cash prizes offered to first and second place. Fourth of July celebration follows.
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Tomorrow's Events

Festival Chispa: New Latin Music and Hispanic Culture at National Hispanic Cultural Center

Pixabay / Public Domain

Celebrating the diversity of Hispano/Latino culture through music, art and the legacy of tradition.

Drawing Into Architecture at Albuquerque Museum of Art and History

2nd Annual Feline Film Festival at KiMo Theatre

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