HISTORY / HER STORY
Featuring artwork by Abbey Hepner, Jessamyn Lovell, Delilah Montoya, Cara Romero, Kali Spitzer, and Laurie Tümer
June 23 - July 29, 2017
Opening reception with artist: Friday June 23, 2017 5:00 - 8:00 PM
“HISTORY / HER STORY” presents the work of Abbey Hepner, Jessamyn Lovell, Delilah Montoya, Cara Romero, Kali Spitzer and Laurie Tümer, six artists who take innovative approaches to their chosen mediums and who engage with themes of ethnicity, identity, land use, and the environment.
The exhibition includes more than 60 objects showcasing a range of early and new works by each artist and will be on view June 23 through July 29, 2017 at David Richard Gallery. The artists were selected by the New Mexico 20th Anniversary Committee, David Eichholtz and Howard Rutkowski.
“HISTORY / HER STORY is an opportunity to celebrate emerging and mid-career New Mexican women photographers,” said Eva Borins, President of the New Mexico Committee on the Arts. “We are delighted to showcase these six exceptional artists and to bring their works into the greater consciousness of New Mexico.”
“This group of women photographers is linked by their personal journeys, and their individual approaches to illuminating deeply held beliefs,” said David Eichholtz, gallery owner at DavidRichard Gallery.
About the artist's work:
Abbey Hepner’s Transuranic series provides a close-up look at the radioactive waste at sites in the western United States. Her accompanying snow globes trap modern-day nuclear landscapes in miniature.
Jessamyn Lovell works with photography, video, and surveillance as tools to document her own life experiences making connections between class and personal identity. Her D.I.Y. P.I. consists of tangible and ephemeral materials related to commissions from interested parties. These physical art works take their form in photography, video, and hand made books and other objects.
Delilah Montoya explores the unusual relationships that result from negotiating different ways of viewing, conceptualizing, representing and consuming the worlds found in the Southwest from her own perspective as a feminist Chicana artist from a matriarchal family. Montoya’s Casta Portraiture employs photographic constructions including a family portrait accompanied by racial identifying information.
Cara Romero’s work, a mélange of fine art and documentary style, is often whimsical and with a complex interplay of social commentary, adaptation and examination of modern culture with a distinctly modern indigenous world view.
Kali Spitzer challenges pre-conceived notions of race, gender and identity through her portraits. For her series, An Exploration of Resilience, Spitzer photographed her community of mostly indigenous and mixed heritage people through the timeless format of the tintype.
Laurie Tümer’s Glowing Evidence series borrows from science to simulate the ubiquitous presence of pesticides and other environmental contaminants that we can’t normally see – in our homes, gardens, and in our bodies. Her animated lenticular prints allow viewers to experience the seen and unseen in one photograph..
An accompanying catalog with an essay by Kathryn M Davis is underwritten by the Erdmann Foundation. The catalog will be available for purchase at the exhibition.
Friday, June 23 5:00 - 7:00 PM
David Richard Gallery
Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning with Dyanna Taylor
Friday, June 30 6:30 PM
CCA (Center for Contemporary Arts)
1050 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM
Grab A Hunk of Lightning, a 110-minute film narrated and directed by Dorothea Lange’s granddaughter, award-winning filmmaker Dyanna Taylor, tells the compelling story of the passion, vision, and drive that made Lange one of the most important documentary photographers of the 20th century. While Lange’s haunting image The Migrant Mother is one of the most recognized photographs in the world, few know the full range and depth of Lange’s work or the suffering and sensitivity that drew her to empathize with the people she photographed. Grab A Hunk of Lightning brings the wide scope of Lange’s work and sensibility to the screen.
The Power of Photography
Wednesday, July 12 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Featuring Kathryn M Davis, Lucy Lippard and Maria Varela
moderated by Merry Scully
David Richard Gallery
Artist Gallery Talks:
Wednesday, July 5 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Featuring artist Jessamyn Lovell, Kali Spitzer and Laurie Tümer
Wednesday, July 19 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Featuring artists - Abbey Hepner, Delilah Montoya, and Cara Romero
David Richard Gallery
About the New Mexico Committee on the Arts
The New Mexico Committee (NM WITA) of the National Museum of Women in the Arts celebrates its twentieth anniversary of its founding in 1997. NMC supports the mission of the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and also brings recognition to the achievements of New Mexico women artists.
About David Richard Gallery
Since its inception in 2010, the gallery has produced exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. David Richard Gallery also presents established and emerging artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art in a variety of media. In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations.
The Barbara Erdmann Foundation
The Barbara Erdmann Foundation provides support for the exhibition, HISTORY / HER STORY. The Erdmann Foundation generosity makes possible this special anniversary exhibition of the New Mexico Committee on the Arts.
The photography exhibition and artists talks in our gallery during July are part of PhotoSummer 2017