Ojito by Noah McLaurine

Having just celebrated its 100th  anniversary in November 2017, the Museum of Art is now actively engaged in shaping its next century by inviting a group of 19 artists working in New Mexico to be guest contributors to its Instagram account (follow us at newmexicoartmuseum). The Instagram series is a digital component of one of the museum’s centennial exhibitions, Shifting Light: Photographic Perspectives. Each artist will choose a theme from the exhibition (Land/Place, Culture/Identity, Community/Interconnection, or Vision/Creativity) and create original work for the Instagram feed, establishing a dynamic relationship between pictures online and pictures on the wall.

The museum has an international collection of about 9,000 photographic images,” said Curator of Photographs Katherine Ware, “but we also understand that today people view photographs most often on a screen. This initiative gives us a chance to work with artists in New Mexico in a new and contemporary way,” Ware said. “It also allows us to connect with audiences that may not consider themselves museum-goers or who can’t easily get to Santa Fe.”

Photographer Noah McLaurine

Albuquerque-based photographer Noah McLaurine inaugurated the series the week of January 21. Working on the theme of Land/Place, Noah submitted a series of photographs made in locations including the Bisti Badlands, Ojito Wilderness, Sandia Mountains, and Valles Caldera. ‘For over a century and a half, photographers have traversed the same landscape and created some of the most emblematic images ever produced,” McLaurine wrote. “As I begin to add my own voice to the immense chorus of past beauty and brilliance, I try to show New Mexico not as a staid image from the past, but as a contemporary experience.”

Jan. 21-27        Noah McLaurine

Feb. 4-10         Carola Clift

Feb. 18-24       Jonathan Blaustein

March 4-10     Natalie Christensen

March 18-24   Donald Woodman

April 1-7          Alexandra Huddelston

April 15-21      Kelly Eckel

April 29-May 5 Ilona Pachler

May 13-19       Zoë Zimmerman

May 27-June 2 Danae Falliers