ART practice / MOTHER practice: A lunch with Mira Burack and Marisa Sage

Monday, August 26, 2019 11:30am – 1:30pm

$15, includes lunch.

Register online HERE, or email or call 505-242-1445.

In conjunction with Mira Burack’s exhibition Sleeping between the Sun and the Moon at 516 ARTS (on view through August 31), where artworks share the coexistence of family and art, we invite you to come, have lunch, and share stories of how your art practice and motherhood impact each other with Burack and Marisa Sage, Director and Head Curator of the New Mexico Sate University Art Museum. In addition to celebrating this powerful collaboration, we hope to continue to demystify any voices that say that the two can not thrive simultaneously. Like any other profession, women delicately balance raising their children while maintaining a serious art practice in a lot of creative ways. Over a meal, we’ll share our magic and discuss critical writing around the topic. If you have any writings on art and motherhood that have influenced your practice, please feel free to bring the titles or texts with you. Together, we’ll discuss creative practice and mother practice, feminism, post-feminism, and methods of sustaining your work while caring for yourself and those you love.


Marisa Sage is the Director and Head Curator at the University Art Museum at NMSU. She is currently curating an exhibition titled Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020 (February 28 – May 28, 2020) which will be the first exhibition in the newly constructed University Art Museum. The exhibition and accompanying planned programming will take a purposeful look at motherhood in its various forms, from universal truth and ubiquitous creative act to a solitary and individual experience that changed everything in a woman’s creative life. Co-curated by Sage and Laurel Nakadate (NY based photographer), Labor addresses and challenges the documented human experiences of motherhood and the ways the mother and childrearing have been perceived and portrayed in art, both historically and in current popular culture.


Burack refers to her artist/mother practice as an ‘integrative’ studio practice. Her creative practice ebbs and flows with her family life, the seasons, and is physically roving through different rooms in her home, the studio she shares with her partner, and on her land at any given time. She believes it really does take a community to live well and completely. Her practice and the raising of her children are supported by the family compound that surrounds her. Since she became a mother, her art has been flourishing at a beautifully slow, manageable pace. As it happened, when it came time to create a family, it was also time to actualize some significant artistic projects.

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