V.29 No.32 | 8/6/2020
How is UNM Going to Work?
A conversation with the new dean of the College of Fine Arts.
It’s going to be a very different year at the College of Fine Arts at UNM, beginning with a new dean, Harris Smith, and obviously, continuing on with new ways to teach given the global pandemic. We sat down with Smith to talk about his background, his goals for the school and how students are going to be able to learn in this very different environment.
The Death and Life of School Pictures
Ally Burke’s Phantom Phases
A relic of a different time valued only by dusty grandmothers, the era of school pictures may have already been behind us without the interference of a global, school-shuttering pandemic. But in the world of Ally Burke, school pictures are reimagined, much like Nirvana reimaged the pep rally.
V.29 No.31 | 7/30/2020
What We Wear When We Protest
Ellen Lesperance on sweaters
Ellen Lesperance is a painter interested in the sweaters worn by the protesting women during the 19 years of an all-women anti-nuclear protest outside the gates of the Royal Airforce base Greenham Common in England throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Weekly Alibi sat down with Lesperance to talk about protests, knitting and the strength of sweaters.
A Life Made While You Were Watching TV
The tinker of Tinkertown
Time was one of the crazier places you could go in New Mexico was the Tinkertown Museum. There you would find an amorphous structure and grounds that displayed a genuine fear of blank spaces and the unbounded creative output of its creator, Ross Ward. Sadly, Ward died in 2002 but the new book The Tinker of Tinkertown: The Life and Art of Ross Ward is a tribute to his work and a creative life well lived.
V.29 No.30 | 7/23/2020
New Work in the Open Space
The Luna Project is a group of a dozen women artists working in a variety of mediums that meet frequently to share techniques and critiques, showing once or twice a year since 2003. Lightscape is packed with recent two-and three-dimensional works from all 12 artists. It is underestimated how groups like this can push individual artists to improve and, most importantly, finish their works.
V.29 No.29 | 7/16/2020
Unmaking a Racist
Carolyn Meyer one-woman show
Carolyn Meyer is an 85-year-old white woman that has grappled with racism herself; her own. Her one-woman show is about growing up in small-town America, how racism permeated everything and how she changed her own mind. Weekly Alibi sat down with Meyer to talk about her own evolution in thinking about race, her show and what’s next.
Paint for Peace 505
The only downtown in America that looks like this
Downtown Albuquerque hadn’t been looking all that great and then came the pandemic that shuttered much of the businesses, followed by protests that were followed by window smashers. The next morning more particle boards went up over windows and doors. Victoria Van Dame and Jessica Anderson from OT Circus connected artists with business to create “a community project to revitalize Downtown while promoting peace.” The result has been the transformation of Downtown into a public gallery of fresh, local work, rendering Albuquerque into a city unlike any other in America.
V.29 No.28 | 7/9/2020
Justine Andrews on a slower way to see art
What exactly are we trying to get out of this art thing, anyway? UNM art history professor and meditation practitioner Justine Andrews suggests that there is a mindful way to experience a work of art.
V.29 No.27 | 7/2/2020
These are the People in Your Neighborhood
Frank Blazquez’s Barrios de Nuevo Mexico
Frank Blazquez sees someone that looks interesting, then he walks up to them and asks if he can take their picture. No chit chat. No establishing a rapport.
The New Mexican art you missed
Sharing Code tells the story of how computer art began at the University of New Mexico in 1968 with the development of a computer program designed for artists to use with little computer training.
V.29 No.26 | 6/25/2020
Bringing Art Auctions Online
Jennifer DeSantis and the OT Circus ABQ Online Art Auctions
Weekly Alibi sat down with Jennifer DeSantis (at a social distance) to find out how the OT Circus ABQ Online Art Auctions work.
An Iridium Layer in the Anthropocene
David Santiago’s “New Normal”
When the pandemic hit, David Santiago wanted to do something to help, so he began a new three-print series as a way to support nurses around the country.
V.29 No.13 | 3/26/2020
Local Short Fiction by Subscription
Plot Duckies delivers literary goods
Staying in? How about reading a good story from a local author right here in New Mexico? That is the idea behind the new subscription service that brings a new short story by a New Mexican author to the tablet or other such e-reading device every week. We spoke with author and publisher Sonja Dewing.
V.29 No.12 | 3/19/2020
photo by Clarke Condé
New Mexico’s First State Poet Laureate
A conversation with Levi Romero
Weekly Alibi sat down with Levi Romero to talk about the people of New Mexico, what makes this place endure and the plans he has for his tenure as the state’s first poet laureate.
The Art of Washing Your Hands
Thirty seconds of sanity while the world goes mad
At times of stress, we have been told a million times to take a deep breath and count to 10. It usually works. Washing your hands can do more than that. There is no act of devotion that is as universally understood as mindful washing. Let that devotion be to yourself.