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Featuring the work of internationally recognized Laguna photographer Lee Marmon, New Mexico photographer Sondra Diepen and New Mexico painter Carol L. Adamec. Runs through 6/25.
The show, “Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66”, presents each artist’s individual experience and personal relationship to Route 66 expressed through their chosen medium.
Lee Marmon, a member of the Laguna Pueblo, has captured the people, culture, landscapes, and traditions of his tribe since 1945. This exhibit includes seven of Lee’s classic black and white photographs, including his most famous pueblo portrait, “White Man’s Moccasins”, which became the iconic portrayal of Native American acculturation into modern American life.
With two Nikon cameras and a fist full of sketchy maps, photographer Sondra Diepen, heads out on I40, exiting here and there, to rediscover the original Mother Road as it once wound through the desolate parts of New Mexico. Her color photographs capture it all—from fading curio shops, boarded up motor courts, rusted classic cars, to motel signs along Central Avenue that still beckon travelers to stop, rest, and see the sights.
Carol L. Adamec, a painter from Chicago, saw Route 66 from the backseat of the family car, en route to Joplin, Missouri, for annual summer visits to her maternal grandparents. Her paintings and altered digital photographs range from an abandoned snake pit in Moriarty to Elvis chatting with a waitress at a local diner—mixing kitsch, pop culture, and a dose of nostalgia.
For these three artists, Route 66—Then and Now—is alive and well.
The opening reception for “Then & Now: Rediscovering Route 66” is Thursday, April 27, from 5-8pm at the KiMo Art Gallery, 417 Central Ave NW.
The exhibit continues through June 25 and can be viewed Wed–Sat 11am-8pm, and Sunday 11am-3pm. During these hours, visitors can access the Gallery via the KiMo Business Office at 423 Central NW (the corner of Central and 5th).
The opening reception and ongoing exhibit are free and open to the public.