Talk by photographer Robert Stivers
The New Mexico Museum of Art’s yearlong “Focus on Photography” project underscores the role the medium has played in New Mexico history, culture, and tourism in its ongoing solo and themed exhibits of work by contemporary regional and national photographers. Tales From a Dark Room , part of the series, explores traditional darkroom techniques and tools. Though digital imaging has changed how photographers shoot and develop their work, many artists prefer the hands-on quality of darkroom development. At 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6, the museum (107 W. Palace Ave.) hosts a gallery talk by Santa Fe artist Robert Stivers. Stivers, one of the photographers whose work is featured in the exhibit, discusses how he uses the developing tray to create photograms (a cameraless process in which objects are directly placed on the surface of a light-sensitive material). He also signs copies of his new book, The Art of Ruin, which was published last month by Twin Palms Publishers. In The Art of Ruin , Stivers investigates themes of communication and communication breakdowns through the medium of photography. The event is free; call 505-476-5072 for information.
— Michael Abatemarco
Robert Stivers: The Hand, 2011, gelatin silver print; courtesy Twin Palms Publishers; below, X , 2010, gelatin silver print; courtesy the artist