Warehouse 1-10 Contemporary Art and Performance Space in Magdalena New Mexico is proud to present HISTORY / HER STORY in collaboration with David Richard Gallery of Santa Fe New Mexico.
The exhibition features the work of Six New Mexico Women Photographers making a strong statement about their lives and the issues influencing them.
Curated by David Eichholtz and Howard Rutkowski, this exhibition was created in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the New Mexico Committee of The National Museum of Women in The Arts and was accompanied by related events by the Committee emphasizing the power of photography as an art form.
David Eichholtz and Howard Rutkowski undertook a wide search of women photographers from New Mexico before selecting six photographers to highlight. They include: Abbey Hepner, Jessamyn Lovell, Delilah Montoya, Cara Romero, Kali Spitzer, and Laurie Tümer.
The artists selected for the exhibition all have strong statements to make about their lives and the issues influencing them. The title of the exhibition, HISTORY / HER STORY, pays homage to the fact that each artist’s perspectives are shaped by life experiences, ethnicity and the surrounding environment.
Hepner, who did relief work in Japan after the Fukushima disaster of 2011, uses her art to interject some resolution between the nuclear and fossil-fuel industries and our environment. Lovell investigates, literally, the impact of her own identity theft in the manner of a P.I. straight out of a mid-twentieth century Hollywood movie; in a Hitchcockian maneuver, she evolves the prey into the hunter. Montoya is an icon of Chicana, nuevaméjicana, and feminist identity, a direct descendent on her mother’s side of New Mexico’s early Spanish settlers; her photographic oeuvre has always been grounded in identity politics. For this exhibition, Montoya chose to include images from her Casta series, inspired by a colonial-Mexico genre of paintings that depict a social hierarchy based on race and ethnicity. Romero creates narratives out of her portraits of Native women, from the viewpoint of her culture’s belief that women are supernaturally powerful because of their ability to bring forth life. Spitzer, originally from British Columbia, seeks to challenge stereotypical beliefs about Native identity in an historical context, using the ancient tintype process to present women who may or may not be of indigenous descent. Finally, Tümer explores our often intimate—whether we like it or not—relationships with toxic elements in nature, such as pesticides, creating a kind of addendum to Rachel Carson’s book cum manifesto, Silent Spring (1962).
“The artists in History / Her Story give us back to ourselves, no matter who we are. This kind of intimacy is raw and can be quite unsettling, but is necessary for us to truly see who and where we are”.
Text and quote written by Kathryn M. Davis
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Warehouse 1-10 is honored to have been invited to feature this exhibition as part of an effort to promote New Mexico artists across the state. Our hope is that this exhibition will continue to travel through New Mexico and beyond showing the richness of contemporary art and the inspiration felt by so many artists from our unique cultural and geographical location. Our gratitude to David Richard Gallery, David Eichholtz, Howard Rutkowski, The New Mexico Committee of The National Museum of Women in The Arts, Kathryn M. Davis and the Artists for the extraordinary opportunity of bringing this exhibition to our rural community and continuing the promotion of six talented artists.
About Warehouse 1-10
Warehouse 1-10 is a contemporary art space located in Magdalena, New Mexico. Its mission is to host and provide a support platform for experimental, performance and contemporary art projects of established and emerging artists. Warehouse 1-10 has had past collaborations with arts organizations and curators interested in promoting the arts within the southcentral region of the state of New Mexico. Past collaborations include High Desert Test Sites, Chris Kallmyer, The Distance Makes Us Feel Closer, a Sound Installation at the Magdalena Ridge Observatory, Alicia Adams, The Journey of Missionary Linguistics and Currents New Media New Mexico Trail 2015 & 2016.
The Village of Magdalena is located two hours South of Albuquerque along the scenic Highway 60 corridor known as the original coast to coast highway which stretches from Socorro to the Arizona border. Our location provides a unique backdrop for public arts projects and installations of all disciplines. The Highway 60 corridor is also home to the Magdalena Ridge Observatory, The Very Large Array and the Dia Art Foundation, Walter DeMaria's Land Art Installation, The Lightning Field.
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In addition to the exhibition Warehouse 1-10 will host two related events.