Mixed Me­dia

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Small Won­ders at the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art

In the 19th cen­tury, pho­to­graphs of loved ones in em­bossed leather cases ac­com­pa­nied sol­diers into bat­tle or com­forted civil­ians at home. Cartes de vis­ite (vis­it­ing cards), typ­i­cally made from thin al­bu­men prints at­tached to card stock, were dis­played in Vic­to­rian par­lors, and small da­guerreo­types and am­brotypes cap­tured im­ages of pub­lic fig­ures and celebri­ties of the time. To­day, pho­tog­ra­phers con­tinue to em­ploy their craft in the cre­ation of small-scale works that con­vey big ideas. On Fri­day, Oct. 7, at 5:30 p.m., the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art presents Small Won­ders, a show of mi­nus­cule works by con­tem­po­rary pho­tog­ra­phers.

Small Won­ders con­tains im­ages by Den­ver-based pho­tog­ra­pher Su­san Gold­stein, whose hu­mor­ous and some­times dis­turb­ing pic­tures are col­laged from found photos, and pho­tog­ra­pher Liz Steke­tee of San Fran­cisco, who starts with her own pic­tures and then cuts, repho­tographs, and sews them into new com­po­si­tions. Es­pañola-based artist Lau­rie Tümer’s early mixed-me­dia works in­volved cut­ting pho­to­graphic prints into spi­ral and ar­row shapes and com­bin­ing paint­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy to cre­ate 2-inch by 2-inch scenes. Pho­tog­ra­pher Jan Pi­etrzak of Santa Fe cre­ates 2 ¼-inch plat­inum prints in the dark­room. The show also con­tains an in­stal­la­tion of pho­tograms (pho­to­graphs made with­out a cam­era) by Santa Fe’s Jenna Kuiper, as well as Hous­ton-based pho­tog­ra­pher David Janesko’s col­lec­tion of laser-drawn im­ages on light-sen­si­tive pa­per.

Ex­am­ples of small-scale pho­tog­ra­phy from the 19th and early 20th cen­turies are on view, pro­vid­ing his­tor­i­cal con­text. The pub­lic is in­vited to make their own pho­tomon­tages in the gallery us­ing scrap pho­to­graphs. The ex­hibit is by mu­seum ad­mis­sion (no charge on Fri­days from 5 to 8 p.m. through Oc­to­ber), and the pub­lic re­cep­tion is at 5:30 p.m. The show re­mains on ex­hibit through March 12, 2017. The mu­seum is at 107 W. Palace Ave. Call 505-476-5072. — Michael Abatemarco

Su­san Gold­stein: A Time of In­no­cence, 2013, col­lage of gelatin sil­ver print and pa­per; top, Liz Steke­tee: Gloves, 215, pig­ment print and thread; both im­ages cour­tesy the artist

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