Paint­ing down the horses

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

Artist Su­san Rothen­berg talks about her work at 6 p.m. on Thurs­day, Jan. 21, in the St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium of the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107W. Palace Ave. The event cel­e­brates the Jan. 22 open­ing of the ex­hi­bi­tion Su­san Rothen­berg: Mov­ing in Place at the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum. The show’s lo­ca­tion at the mu­seum is ap­pro­pri­ate. In 1990, Rothen­berg, like Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe four decades ear­lier, made a mid­ca­reer move from New York to New Mex­ico.

Rothen­berg’s work has evolved dur­ing the past few decades from em­blem­atic, ab­stracted im­ages of horses to frac­tured as­sem­blages of teth­ered body parts, as in her large, oil-on-can­vas works Green Bar and Red. The Thurs­day event is a panel dis­cus­sion with Rothen­berg; Michael Aup­ing, cu­ra­tor of the ex­hi­bi­tion and chief cu­ra­tor of the Mod­ern Art Mu­seum in Fort Worth, Texas (co-or­ga­nizer of the show); and Bar­bara Buh­ler Lynes, cu­ra­tor of the Ge­or­gia O’Ke­effe Mu­seum and the Emily Fisher Lan­dau Di­rec­tor of the mu­seum’s re­search cen­ter. Ad­mis­sion is $5. Reser­va­tions are sug­gested; call 946-1039.

Strike a re­pose: Su­san Rothen­berg

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