October 3–December 12, 2009
Grasslands was a photographic series by Michael P. Berman about the Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in New Mexico, Texas and the northern border of Mexico, where he has wandered into the desert without a compass to, in his words, “live deliberately.” He believes that how you see the land comes down to what you value. “I believe art has a greater potential for meaning when it serves some purpose. People have started to recognize these lands as significant and this is something art can help along. If anything my work is to generate small symbols that reveal the greater complexity of things.” This exhibition was presented together with Separating Species which were both curated by Mary Anne Redding, Curator of Photography, Palace of the Governors, New Mexico History Museum. The exhibition catalog for Grasslands and Separating Speciesis was published by Radius Books, which included essays by William deBuys, Rebecca Solnit and Mary Anne Redding. This catalog is available from 516 ARTS, Radius Books, and select bookstores nationwide.