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From Billy the Kid to Breaking Bad, movies and television have portrayed and marketed our state into the present day. Over the past decade, film production in New Mexico has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to state incentives. However, film has long been a part of New Mexico's landscape, and the state's landscape and people have often been featured in film.
Curated by Dr. Paul A. Hutton, professor of history at the University of New Mexico, Hollywood Southwest: New Mexico in Film and Television features three elements of New Mexico's film history: the state as a location, the state as a subject and the state's people as subjects.
"It's essentially Hollywood Southwest," says Hutton, a self-described addicted collector of film memorabilia. "We're highlighting New Mexico as a center for filmmaking from [silent film star] D.W. Griffith onward, and the locations that are so prevalent. We'll show why New Mexico is so great for filmmaking, from the landscape to the light to the weather. We're also highlighting films about New Mexicans, such as Billy the Kid. I love the idea of two really bad hombres and what they say about New Mexico. And yes, I'm talking about Breaking Bad, too."
Hutton has been involved in film, and the history of film, for most of his career.
Also working closely on this project is Dr. Jason Strykowski, who has worked on many films and TV series, and has been instrumental in acquiring some of the artifacts for the exhibition. Costumes from The Avengers and The Lone Ranger came from Strykowski's connection to both films.
The exhibit design takes visitors behind the scenes on a film set. Plans include creating a green-screen experience for kids to explore what it feels like to be on a set. The original 1920s projection unit from the KiMo Theatre will also be on display.
Other artifacts will include movie posters, movie clips, plus other pop-culture tie-ins, such as toys and promotional items. Hutton notes that some of the historical items they hoped to include from early films such as artifacts from such classics as Lonely are the Brave, based on Edward Abbey's classic second novel The Brave Cowboy, don't exist. "One of the challenges we've had is finding the material and convincing people to lend it to us," Hutton says. "The film industry has been a throw-away industry."
An educational element of the exhibition focuses on film production as an industry in New Mexico. Hutton and Strykowski have worked with state and city film offices to highlight some of the jobs, such as grip, gaffer and craft services - and New Mexicans that do those jobs - to illustrate how the industry is a local economic driver. "We're trying to explain why New Mexico is and always has been an attractive place for filmmakers," Hutton says. "We want to have fun with this, get people excited, wow them, and appeal to young and old alike. After all, everyone loves the movies."
This schedule subject to change. Visit cabq.gov/museum for current information.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-3pm.
Public Opening: Hollywood Southwest
At 1 p.m. guest curator Paul Hutton discusses the history of film in New Mexico. Create art inspired by the exhibition in the Museum School from 1-3pm.
Thursday, March 16, 5-8:30pm.
Women in Film: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Screenings and panel discussions exploring the role of women in film.
Thursday, April 20, 5-8:30pm.
Wild West: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Explore the myth and enduring legacy of the western in the New Mexico.
Saturday, April 29, 3-5pm.
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Thursday, May 18, 5-8:30pm.
Indie Film Night: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
This evening features short films and discussions from independent filmmakers.
Thursday, June 15, 5-8:30pm.
Family Night: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Enjoy family friendly activities exploring film in New Mexico.
Saturday, July 8, 10am-2pm.
Made in Native America
This day features screenings and discussions with Native American filmmakers from New Mexico.
Thursday, July 20, 5-8:30pm.
Page to Screen: 3rd Thursday at Albuquerque Museum
Explore the transformation of novel to screen with a panel of local screenwriters.
Thursdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 6pm.
Chatter Summer Concert Series: Music in Film
Chatter, a chamber music ensemble, curates a dynamic musical series exploring film in New Mexico.
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2017, Albuquerque Museum is the cornerstone of Albuquerque's cultural community and in its short history has had unprecedented growth in the quantity and quality of its collections.
Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Mondays. General admission - New Mexico residents: adults and teens $3, seniors $2 and children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., the first Wednesday of every month from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. and the third Thursday of every month from 5-8:30 p.m.
A unique opportunity has opened up for artists who would like their work to be the setting for this summer's public theater program in downtown Albuquerque and become part of the City of Albuquerque's permanent collection.
The City's Public Art Program in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, produced by the Vortex Theatre, is sponsoring "Take the Stage," a national design competition for a public, interactive art installation on Civic Plaza. This installation will also serve as the setting for Shakespeare on the Plaza's summer repertory of plays.
Other sponsors include the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and the Albuquerque Convention Center's management, SMG.
Artists are invited to submit preliminary concept proposals for a temporary public art installation as an integral part of the summer 2017 season production. The installation will function as both an artistic element of the set for the performance series as well as an interactive object located on Civic Plaza during non-performance times. The winning design will be built and administered in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, the Department of Cultural Services, SMG and other public and private partners.
Photographic documentation of the final construction as well as the artist's renderings will become part of the City's permanent collection in order to meet the permanent artwork acquisition requirements of the 1% for Art program. The structure itself will be fabricated by the event producers for the temporary display and use during June and July 2017.
The full prospectus can be found at [link]. The deadline for submission of proposal is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by 4pm in either email - email@example.com - or hard copy format:
Cultural Services Department
Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103
Questions about the project may be directed to (505) 768-3388 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shakespeare on the Plaza is an unabashedly public theatre program that seeks to narrow the gap between audience and the theatrical art form. The fusion of outdoor performance space and interactive installation is a nationally-unique concept that furthers the public mission of Vortex Theatre to connect and engage audiences. The Shakespearian plays being performed for the 2017 season are "Macbeth" and Comedy of Errors."
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