Kim Arthun, Gotta Be, 1994, mixed media, 60 x 60 inches

In Our Own Backyard

March 23 – June 1, 2019


ARTISTS: Jane Abrams, Kim Arthun, Margarete Bagshaw, Virginia Baich, Steve Barry, Wanda Becker, Ann Dunbar, Barbara Grothus, Michael Hart, David Koch, Jeff Krueger, Felice Lucero, Delilah Montoya, Jaune Quick-To-See Smith, Santiago Pérez, Tom Waldron, John Wenger and Jerry West.

In Our Own Backyard examines contemporary art in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico from the 1980s to the present. The exhibition stems from the collection of Ray Graham, a pivotal arts supporter and longtime collector of many major regional and national artists. In 1990, Graham remodelled the building that now houses 516 ARTS at 516 Central Avenue SW in Downtown Albuquerque as a contemporary art venue, where he founded CAFE 30 years ago and operated the space as a commercial gallery for five years.

This exhibition features work from his collection and artists who were shown at CAFE, both with work from that period and recent work. Highlighting discourses around place, materials, practice and process, the exhibition brings together a cross-section of approaches and genres that explore the creative energy of New Mexico’s artists and legacy in the larger contemporary art world.

PRESS

“CAFÉ artists return for a cutting-edge reunion at 516 Arts”, Albuquerque Journal

“Exploring our own backyard”, Weekly Alibi

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    (left) John Wenger, (center) Tom Waldron
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    (left) Kim Arthun, (center) Tom Waldron, (right) Wanda Becker
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    (center/right) Santiago Pérez, (back right) Ann Dunbar
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    Santiago Pérez
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    (left/center) Jerry West, (right) Felice Lucero
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    (left) Felice Lucero (center/right) Jane Abrams
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    Jeff Krueger
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    David Koch
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    Virginia Baich
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    (left) Barbara Grothus, Tom Waldron, (center) Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, (right) Steve Barry