NEW! Virtual Tours from the New Mexico Museum of Art
To help those who are unable to visit our galleries in person, the New Mexico Museum of Art offers virtual tours of many of our exhibitions. Click and drag within the tour to look around, or point and click to move to another part of the gallery. Small dots throughout the tour will reveal information about the art work, the architectural history of our museum, interviews with artists, educational programs, and links to our Searchable Art Museum. We hope that you enjoy exploring the galleries and that you will come visit us in person in the future!
Check back here for more tours over the coming weeks!
On view in gallery from February 8, 2020 - February 21, 2021
About Word Play
Words and pictures have a long history of playing well together, sometimes reinforcing and sometimes contradicting each other. This exhibition of more than forty works of art in a variety of mediums features images by artists who incorporate letters, words, and phrases into their visual creations.
Among the delights of the exhibition are photographs inspired by the words in our everyday environment, such as shop signs, graffiti, and advertising, by photographers including Van Deren Coke, Miguel Gandert, and Walker Evans. Comics and cartoons offer another familiar model for joining words with images, as seen in prints by Betty Hahn, Jason Knapp, and Joyce Neimanas. In other cases, words and images work together in service of a social or political message, seen in pieces by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, David Sloan, and May Stevens. Notes, handwritten letters, and poems also make an appearance, incorporated into compositions by Meridel Rubenstein, Alex Traube, and others. These whimsical, poignant, and sometimes cryptic compositions are accompanied by a variety of word puzzles and games in the gallery that invite visitors to play along.
Word Play is curated by Kate Ware, Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art.