Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande

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September 28 – December 28, 2019

September 28 – December 28, 2019
at 516 ARTS
OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, September 28:
5-6pm: Member Preview (JOIN)
6-8pm: Public Reception

September  December, 2019
in Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Northern Mexico

516 ARTS and partners presents Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, an exhibition and series of public programs developed with the Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. The exhibition – subtitled Contemporary Artists Respond – features commissioned and existing artworks highlighting diverse perspectives on varieties of plants and animals, including flowers, trees, fish, birds, and bees—iconic and overlooked—undergoing mass-die off’s and population declines within the Rio Grande watershed. Through the eyes of contemporary artists, the exhibition examines regional flora and fauna and raises ethical and cultural questions about human impact on the natural world. This project will provide education and spur dialogue around pressing ecological issues of our time.

The exhibition at 516 ARTS is co-curated by Dr. Josie Lopez, Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum, and Subhankar Banerjee, Lannan Chair and Professor of Art & Ecology Program at the University of New Mexico. Artists invited to create new work include: Michael P. Berman (Silver City, NM), laura c. carlson (Albuquerque, NM), Agnes Chavez (Taos, NM), Cannupa Hanska Luger (Santa Fe, NM), c marquez (Taos, NM), Nicasio Romero (Ribera, NM) and Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe, NM).

The regional collaboration will feature public programs including guest speakers, workshops, forums, performances and outdoor activities presented by partner venues in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Mexico. Partners developing programming that brings together art and environment to raise awareness and generate activism around species in peril in region of the Rio Grande. 516 ARTS will publish a map/calendar and to showcase this project as a model for regional collaboration around environmental issues.