Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

A&E Hosts the Decolonizing Nature Conference


Decolonizing Nature has become an urgent priority if we are to progress toward a just and sustainable Earth for all living beings. How do we resist further ecological devastation? How do we achieve resilience in times of stress? How do we revitalize affected ecological habitats and communities? The University of New Mexico will host an interdisciplinary environmental justice public forum “Decolonizing Nature: Resistance, Resilience, Revitalization,” from April 19 through Earth Day, April 22, 2017 to address these and related issues.

The conference is free and open to the public. It will bring to Albuquerque thirty-three speakers from the fields of art, architecture, humanities, religion, science, and grassroots activists from across the US and from Mexico, Canada and Ecuador. The gathering will foster discussions on integration of knowledge across disciplines, practices across cultures, and social-environmental movements across geographies. It will convene in the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque (parking is extensive and free).

In conjunction with the conference, 516 ARTS will host a companion exhibition “Decolonizing Nature” from April 15 through 29; the University of New Mexico Art Museum will host a one-day film screening on April 18; and on Earth Day, April 22, the participants will have the opportunity to experience “Abrazos: A Community Celebration of Environmental Justice” at the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

The conference and the associated programming are sponsored by the Land Arts of the American West and Art & Ecology programs in the Department of Art at the University of New Mexico in partnership with the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 516 ARTS, UNM Art Museum, Friends of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Los Jardines Institute, and the Santa Fe Art Institute. The project is coordinated by Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Chair and professor of Art & Ecology, University of New Mexico.

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

UNM Students Install at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami

UNM CFA students Carlos Gabaldon, Amy Johnson, James Martin, and Nick Simko have been working with Assistant Professor in Art & Ecology Szu-Han Ho throughout Fall 2017 on a site-specific installation for the historic Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida as part of the Contemporary Arts Program (CAP) Lab. The culmination of CAP Lab coincides with Art Basel Miami Beach Week 2017. The UNM students have worked with the curators and staff at Vizcaya to propose and complete an interactive sculptural piece that responds to the theme of this year’s program: Overload.

After an initial trip to the site and several weeks of research, the students proposed to work collaboratively to build a functional, manually-operated carousel that would mimic the cyclical and immersive dimensions of the Vizcaya estate. The carousel features four fantastical creatures, each one built by one of the students, and a chair that will allow visitors to ride the carousel. The students will take turns pushing the carousel, performing the labor that powers the spectacle. During Art Basel Miami Beach Week, the carousel will be operating December 9th from 11am-2pm and December 10th, 2017 from 12-4pm in the Vizcaya Village. You can see documentation of the finalized piece and the performance by following us on Instagram @vizcaya_carousel

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Sculptural Infrastructure ARTS 442/542 Spring 2018 Friday 9-12 and Wednesday 5:30-6:30

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As a collaborative, look at 10 sites along the ART
corridor and develop a prototype installation for one site. The
installation will engage creative placemaking, public art, and
community to build on public transportation as neighborhood
creation. We will work with proposals, permitting, prototypes
and a final event based installation. The interdisciplinary team
provides learning for all backgrounds. Our Wednesday evening
meetings will be based on community input and lectures.
Friday morning will be proposal development and building.

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Out of Many, One: New Work by Studio Faculty

A&E faculty members exhibit artworks this fall in Out of Many, One: New Work by Studio Faculty at the UNM Art Museum open from September 8-December 10, 2017. http://unmartmuseum.org/

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

UNM Art & Ecology Welcomes Subhankar Banerjee

Welcome Subhankar!

Subhankar Banerjee is an Indian born American photographer, writer, activist and environmental humanities scholar. He has been a leading voice on issues of Arctic conservation, indigenous human rights, resource wars, and climate change. He has also done work in the American Southwest that addresses desert ecology and forest deaths from climate change, and recently started a project to address climate change impacts and politics of ecology in the coastal temperate rainforests in the Pacific Northwest. His research focuses on the intersection of art, ecocultural activism and environmental humanities. Subhankar’s photographs, writing and lectures have reached millions of people around the world. Following a six–month residency as a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, on 15 August 2016, Subhankar joined the University of New Mexico as the Lannan Foundation Endowed Chair and Professor of Art & Ecology.

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Land Arts of the American West Exhibition 2015


Land Arts of the American West Exhibition 2015

Exhibition: November 30 – December 10, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 3, 5 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 9pm – 4:45pm

John Sommers Gallery
Art Building #84, Room 202
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
(Campus Map: http://www.unm.edu/~alt2015/UNM%20Campus%20Map.pdf )

Land Arts of the American West is an interdisciplinary, field-based studio art program at the University of New Mexico. During the program students travel extensively throughout the Southwest while camping and investigating environmental sites, human habitation systems, and questions facing the region. This exhibition presents the work of these artists as each shares critical and creative insights into the ecology of place.

Paula D. Barteau
CB Bryan
Harriet Fawcett
Clark Frauenglass
Erin Fussell
Andrea Luella Gohl
Eleanora Jaroszynska
Joanna Keane Lopez
Sarah Molina
Orianna Pavlik
Kacie Erin Smith

For further information about Land Arts of the American West:

Jeanette Hart-Mann, Field Director Land Arts of the American West

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

APPLY TO THE Art & Ecology MFA

Art & Ecology is an interdisciplinary, research-based program engaging contemporary art practices. Graduate and undergraduate students develop land and cultural literacy with a conceptual foundation and a wide range of production skills, including sculpture, performance, analog and digital media, and social practice. Advanced coursework includes the Land Arts of the American West program, a semester-long travel and place-based arts pedagogy initiated in 1999. Students in Art & Ecology have the opportunity to work on various collaborative and interdisciplinary projects with departments across UNM and on comprehensive thesis projects integrating community and ecological research.

The deadline for graduate applications to the Art Studio MFA is January 15th, 2016 for Fall 2016 admission. This program does not offer spring admission. For more information:


Contact the graduate advising office:
Kat Heatherington, Graduate Advisor
Office: 255
Email: art255@unm.edu

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

LAAW Fall 2015 Lecture Series


Andrew W Mellon Visiting Artist Series:

Aug 31 : Dr. Teri Reub, Professor, Department of Media Study, SUNY Buffalo
5:30pm, CFA Downtown Studio (115 4th ST NW)

Sep 23: Alan Boldon, Head of Research, University of Brighton, UK
12:00pm, University of New Mexico Art Museum

Oct 13: Subhankar Banarjee, Photographer, Writer, and Environmental Humanities Scholar
12:00pm, University of New Mexico Art Museum

Oct 27: John Reid, Emertus Fellow, Australian National University and Visiting Fellow, ANU School of Art and ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society
5:30pm, CFA Downtown Studio (115 4th ST NW)


Saturday, October 31st, 2015

Re-Mix Culture students perform in Cd. Juárez and Albuquerque

Join artists from la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez and the University of New Mexico for a night of live VJing and performances with music by cp_squared:

Live video exploring the connections and contrasts between Ciudad Juárez and Albuquerque will be projected on the outside of the historic KiMo theater, on 5th street between Central and Copper. The road will be closed so there will be lots of room for chillin, dancin, and minglin.

See you there!


Artistas de la Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez y la Universidad de Nuevo Mexico por segunda vez presentarán un performace de VJ ahora con el DJ cp_squared.

Video en vivo explorando las conexiones y contrastes entre Ciudad Juárez y Albuquerque proyectado afuera del histórico teatro KiMo en la calle 5 entre Central y Copper. La calle estará cerrada por lo tanto habrá mucho espacio para relajarse, bailar, y convivir.

Los esperamos!


Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/872956646079497/

From UACJ: Carolina Arroyo, Jesus Cardenas, Iris Díaz, Sagrario Manrique, Daniel Paredes – w/ Prof. Gabriela Durán
from UNM: Ayrton Chapman, Steven Hayes, Shaelin Jornigan, Ian Kerstetter, Britney King, Noel Mollinedo – w/ Prof. Szu-Han Ho and (GA) Aziza Murray

Our class blog: http://re-mixculture.tumblr.com/

Students from the UNM “Re-Mix Culture” course (Art & Art History) and the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ-Visual Arts Department) are engaging in a semester-long partnership centered on the concept of the remix as a strategy for collaboration and creating shared dialogue between the cities of Albuquerque, USA and Juárez, Mexico. In March, UNM students traveled to Juárez to collaboratively produce the first public event, which took place in downtown Juárez at the Centro Municipal de las Artes on Thursday, March 12.  UACJ students will travel to Albuquerque for the final public video/performance event, which will take place on Thursday, April 30th from 8-11pm on 5th Street between Central and Copper. The groups will present “ALBUREZ Returns!” a VJ event with projections on the west wall of the historic KiMo Theatre, featuring music by DJ cp_squared. This event is free and open to the public. 
This course is led by Szu-Han Ho (UNM) and Gabriela Durán-Barraza (UACJ). The program is made possible by the US Embassy/GEO Global Studies Grant, UNM College of Fine Arts Dean’s Travel Grant, and Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

[unmartandecology] Diana Taylor // Thurs Apr 09 // 5:30pm // Hibben Center 105

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The UNM Department of Art & Art History is excited to host DIANA TAYLOR for the final event in the Gale Memorial Lecture Series 2014-15: “The Politics of Performance.” Please join us for this lecture, which is free and open to the public. This lecture series is organized by Szu-Han Ho, Assistant Professor, Art & Ecology. See attached info and flyer.

UNM Hibben Center, room 105

link to location:

This lecture is co-sponsored by UNM Latin American & Iberian Studies and UNM Art & Ecology.


DIANA TAYLOR is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies and Spanish at NYU. She is the author of Theatre of Crisis: Drama and Politics in Latin America (1991), which won the Best Book Award given by New England Council on Latin American Studies and Honorable Mention in the Joe E. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama, of Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’, Duke U.P., 1997, and The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Duke U.P., 2003) which won the ATHE Research Award in Theatre Practice and Pedagogy and the Modern Language Association Katherine Singer Kovacs Prize for the best book in Latin American and Spanish Literatures and Culture (2004). The Archive and the Repertoire has been translated into Portuguese by Eliana Lourenço de Lima Reis (Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais 2012) and Spanish by Anabelle Contreras (Santiago de Chile: Ediciones Universidad Alberto Hurtado, 2014.) Her most recent book, PERFORMANCE, is forthcoming with Duke U.P. Taylor is the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship in 2005 and the ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowship, 2013-14. Currently, she serves as Second Vice President of the MLA to assume the presidency in 2017. Diana Taylor is founding Director of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, funded by the Ford, Mellon, Rockefeller, Rockefeller Brothers and Henry Luce Foundations.

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