Who’s responsible for this weirdness? That’s a very good question. I’m glad you asked. Personally, I like to blame the artists.
Well, “blame” probably isn’t the right world. The Alibi has always had a taste for the out of the ordinary. We like that this is a funky little arts town. Burque might not get the international attention of Taos and Santa Fe, but most of us like it that way. Our city’s quirky creativity floats below the radar, receiving patronage almost entirely from the people who live and work here.
We’re lucky that way. We’ve got great theater. We’ve got loads of excellent visual artists. We’ve got fantastic galleries and performance halls. Lord knows we’ve also got some astonishing world-class performance poetry.
Thankfully, no one knows the skinny on local culture better than Alibi readers, and they’re generous in sharing their wisdom with the world. If you’re new to Albuquerque, or you just don’t get out all that much, this guide to the best of the best art offerings in the city will get you started. From there, you’ll just have to start exploring on your own. Bring a flashlight. Pack some provisions. Layer your clothing. You’re in for the adventure of a lifetime.
Best Outdoor Mural
The old mural on the side of the defunct Ice House on First Street came in second place. Unfortunately, the city recently painted over this graphic ode to free speech, calling it a “graffiti eyesore.” It seems the real reason for the whitewash is that our municipal government didn’t like the message the mural portrayed of city government corruption and hypocrisy. Shocking.
Third place went to the Working Classroom mural at Second Street and Gold.
Best Architectural Gem
The renovated Albuquerque High School lofts came in second this year. Bart Prince’s space burger residence in Nob Hill came in third.
Best Architectural Nightmare
Best Art Gallery
Best Cultural Bargain
Best Live Theater/Performance Troupe
Best Live Theater/Performance Space
Best Local Visual Artist
Best Dance Company