Arts


V.26 No.34 | 8/24/2017

Culture Shock

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.'”

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V.26 No.33 | 8/17/2017
3-D printing
Craig Goldsmith

Culture Shock

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.
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V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017
Isiah Yazzie, Danger K Varoz and Sheridan Johnson get the scoop on "The New Mexico Inquisition"
courtesy of “The New Mexico Inquisition”

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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
American Spice
Jon Pearson

Culture Shock

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.
photo
Eden Lai

Art Preview

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
Brennan Foster and Shawn Boyd do all the heavy lifting in the two man show, Greater Tuna.
Ryan Dobbs

Culture Shock

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.
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V.26 No.29 | 7/20/2017
Terry Tempest Williams
Kwahu Alston

Culture Shock

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

Culture Shock

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.27 | 7/6/2017
Poetry EP
Kim Vodicka

Culture Shock

Get Down with the “Gorgeously Profane”

Kim Vodicka never edits out the private parts

The sound element is an essential component to creating the vibes that are endemic to all that is Psychic Privates.
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V.26 No.26 | 6/29/2017
Minie Gonzalez
Minie Gonzalez

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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
The Tempest
courtesy of Shakespeare on the Plaza

Culture Shock

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.
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V.26 No.24 | 6/15/2017
John Burns brings his one-man show to Albuquerque
courtesy of John Burns

Culture Shock

Looking Backward

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
Adrián Santana
Courtesy of Adrián Santana

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Fuerza Flamenca

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.
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V.26 No.22 | 6/1/2017
This World Renounced!
Jason Garcia

Culture Shock

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.
The Creation
Jessica Gross

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Surface Currents

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.