V.26 No.34 | 8/24/2017
Frida Kahlo Through the Lens
Her “battlefield of suffering” illumined in 241 photos from her private collection
Tucked beyond the galleries, corridors and the vast stage of Popejoy Hall, are the offices of the staff of the UNM Museum of Art. There, in Director Arif Khan's office, we sat with Education Director Traci Quinn, who opened the book Frida Kahlo: Her Photos, which accompanies the exhibition opening soon at the museum, to page 21. Khan and Quinn had the page number memorized after many months of preparation and critical talk about the significance of Frida Kahlo the persona, Frida Kahlo the artist, and what these photographs say about each. On page 21, curator of the exhibition Pablo Ortiz Monasterio writes about Kahlo's relationship with the camera: “She … learnt to look into the lens to put across what she wanted and managed to reinvent her own image through photography. I like to think that the stack of photographic portraits in which Frida's life is recorded constitutes another one of her masterpieces. The painter once wrote about her strategy in front of the camera. 'I knew that the battlefield of suffering was reflected in my eyes. Ever since then, I started looking straight into the lens, without winking, without smiling, determined to prove I would be a good warrior until the end.'”
V.26 No.33 | 8/17/2017
Something for the Makers
Spoiler alert: We're all makers
The Albuquerque Mini Maker Faire will host soldering stations, “Take-a-Part(y)” courtesy of Quelab, and stations where visitors of all ages can explore things like rocket building, block printmaking, puzzle and maze design, a seed library, local history, rug crafting and much, much more.
V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017
courtesy of “The New Mexico Inquisition”
The Good News
“The New Mexico Inquisition” fights injustice with jokes
As they sift through the hours of footage and run through the endless jokes that could be made at someone's expense, the team of “The New Mexico Inquisition” explicitly aims above the belt.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017
The Gallery on Gold
Albuquerque's only micro-gallery brings multimedia art to the streets
Pacific Exhibits is a site to support artists in a unique and highly visible way, viewable 24/7 by anybody.
From the Darkroom to the Light
Latent Image Collective's Ongoing Conversation
In photography the latent image is one that has yet to be developed on the film strip. The image is registered with light; it just hasn't been called forth yet. It is this process of development that inspired the start of Latent Image Collective.
V.26 No.30 | 7/27/2017
Greater Tuna Pokes Fun at Small-Town Texas Life
‘80s play still frighteningly relevant today
While Greater Tuna’s main agenda is to poke gentle fun at the ignorant ways of the small-town people of Texas, it also takes time to acknowledge some of the things to be appreciated about such towns.
V.26 No.29 | 7/20/2017
The Country in Both Darkness & Light
Terry Tempest Williams’ The Hour of Land
Williams is one of the United States' preeminent nature writers, who in an act of civil disobedience, purchased land leases intended to be sold for development of oil and gas. In her most recent work, she poignantly unpacks the multitude of histories that are embedded in 12 national parks and monuments
V.26 No.28 | 7/13/2017
The Cute and Conscious Join Forces
Jessica Bovee & company's magical North Valley shop
Curio has cute and cool clothes for all body types, each carefully selected with special consideration for how it is made.
V.26 No.26 | 6/29/2017
The Indomitable Minie Gonzalez
The enduring creative power of one irrepressible local photographer
From the time she learned to work a camera to the last day she was able to hold one, Minie Gonzalez was taking photographs.
V.26 No.25 | 6/22/2017
courtesy of Shakespeare on the Plaza
Something Wonderful This Way Comes
Shakespeare on the Plaza stages Macbeth and more
Shakespeare on the Plaza aims to bring the significance of The Bard to Albuquerque at large by making the annual open-air staging of the plays entirely free.
V.26 No.24 | 6/15/2017
courtesy of John Burns
Gay Kid on a Cattle Ranch recounts joy and pain of coming of age in N.M. ranchlands
John Burns' latest elucidation of love for musical theater comes in the shape of the quirky cabaret Gay Kid on A Cattle Ranch, a piece that explores his unique experience of growing up on a cattle ranch in Nara Visa, N.M., all the while knowing that he stood slightly apart from the expected farm boy type.
V.26 No.23 | 6/8/2017
Courtesy of Adrián Santana
The 30th Annual Flamenco Festival Internacional de Alburquerque brings Adrián Santana
Adrián Santana has traveled the world studying, teaching and performing. This year, National Institute of Flamenco welcomes Santana back as one of the headlining performers.
V.26 No.22 | 6/1/2017
Red Planet Rising
Albuquerque's first Indigenous-centric bookstore opens its doors
Red Planet will be Albuquerque's first Indigenous bookstore and the first ever Indigenous comic shop.
Emerging artists ascend at The Harwood
What sets SURFACE apart in the landscape of local opportunities is the professional development element. Participants attend an intensive workshop that focuses on what it means to be, and how to further oneself, as a working artist.