Bureau crafts

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media -

If you want to get no­ticed, wear clothes with big polka dots. Or maybe get a fa­cial pierc­ing. With a sim­i­lar goal in mind — get­ting at­ten­tion — the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art is pro­mot­ing its new­est ex­hi­bi­tion with a made-up name: The Bureau of Con­tem­po­rary Art. In­vented to help broad­cast that the mu­seum’s hold­ings in­clude more than 5,500 con­tem­po­rary art­works, the “bureau” fo­cuses on pieces pro­duced since 1970.

Rep­re­sented medi­ums vary from flat to di­men­sional and be­yond. In Some­thing Wrong, artist Sil­via Leven­son of­fers a dainty glass bowl full of glass hand grenades. Al­though com­posed of gen­er­ally rounded sur­faces, its lines are hard and real com­pared to an­other ex­am­ple, Peter Sark­isian’s The Gath­er­ing Se­ries I (The Cock­tail Pieces). De­scribed as “mixed me­dia video sculp­tures,” these are the re­sults of his ex­plo­rations into frame and sur­face.

Among the more than 30 other artists with work pre­sented in the ex­hi­bi­tion Case Stud­ies From the Bureau of Con­tem­po­rary Art are Erika Blu­men­feld, Louise Bour­geois, Tom Joyce, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nau­man, Eu­gene New­mann, Kim Russo, and Joel-Peter Witkin.

Some liv­ing art is planned for the open­ing re­cep­tion from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fri­day, Nov. 19. One of the liv­ing is Tim Jag, aka Orange­man, who does things dressed in, and sur­rounded by, the color orange. An­other alive per­son is the Rub­ber Lady, who has been around Santa Fe for decades. The per­for­mance artist ini­ti­ated her re­ally rub­bery per­sona to protest this mu­seum’s cen­sor­ship of a rub­ber sculp­ture by artist Brad Smith in the late 1970s.

See it all at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave. Case Stud­ies hangs through March 20, 2011. There is no charge for the Fri­day-evening open­ing; call 476-5072.

Stretch arms long: the Rub­ber Lady Some­thing Wrong, kiln-cast glass with pressed glass, 3.25 x 6.25 x 6.25 inches; Col­lec­tion of the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art


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