HISTORY / HER STORY at Warehouse 1-10 in Magdalena, New Mexico

Jessamyn Lovell Dark Path  2007 Archival inkjet print Edition of 25 8.5 x 11" from No Trespassing (2007­2012)

Warehouse 1-10 Contemporary Art and Performance Space in Magdalena, New Mexico will present HISTORY / HER STORY in collaboration with David Richard Gallery of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Curated by David Eichholtz and Howard Rutkowski, this exhibition was created in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the New Mexico Committee of The National Museum of Women in The Arts. Related events emphasize the power of photography as an art form.

David Eichholtz and Howard Rutkowski undertook a wide search of women photographers from New Mexico before selecting six photographers to highlight. They include Abbey Hepner, Jessamyn Lovell, Delilah Montoya, Cara Romero, Kali Spitzer and Laurie Tümer.

The artists selected for the exhibition all have strong statements to make about their lives and the issues influencing them. The title of the exhibition, HISTORY / HER STORY, pays homage to the fact that each artist’s perspectives are shaped by life experiences, ethnicity and the surrounding environment.

Hepner, who did relief work in Japan after the Fukushima disaster of 2011, uses her art to interject some resolution between the nuclear and fossil-fuel industries and our environment. Lovell investigates, literally, the impact of her own identity theft in the manner of a P.I. straight out of a mid-20th century Hollywood movie; in a Hitchcockian maneuver, she evolves the prey into the hunter. Montoya is an icon of Chicana, nuevaméjicana, and feminist identity, a direct descendent on her mother’s side of New Mexico’s early Spanish settlers; her photographic oeuvre has always been grounded in identity politics. For this exhibition, Montoya chose to include images from her Casta series, inspired by a colonial-Mexico genre of paintings that depict a social hierarchy based on race and ethnicity.

Romero creates narratives out of her portraits of Native women, from the viewpoint of her culture’s belief that women are supernaturally powerful because of their ability to bring forth life. Spitzer, originally from British Columbia, seeks to challenge stereotypical beliefs about Native identity in an historical context, using the ancient tintype process to present women who may or may not be of indigenous descent. Finally, Tümer explores our often intimate—whether we like it or not—relationships with toxic elements in nature, such as pesticides, creating a kind of addendum to Rachel Carson’s book cum manifesto, Silent Spring (1962).

D.I.Y P.I. CLINIC by JESSAMYN LOVELL @ Warehouse 1-10
Saturday September 23, 2017: noon to 3 p.m.
Warehouse 1-10, 110 North Main Street, Magdalena, NM
Contact: Catherine DeMaria 575-854-3253

JESSAMYN LOVELL’S work integrates photography, video, performance, and social surveillance as a vehicle to document her life experiences and the lived experiences of other people. Lovell says her work “traces my examinations of narrative to question where truth and fiction meet.”

The Clinic will be hosted at Warehouse 1-10 Saturday September 23, 2017 from noon to 3 p.m. This event is sponsored by CHROMA a New Mexico Non-Profit and is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. For more information call 575-854-3253


Warehouse 1-10 will present the film Grab a Hunk of Lightning, a film about the life of renowned documentary photographer Dorothea Lange through the eyes of her granddaughter, award-winning cinematographer and film director Dyanna Taylor.

Explore, through her granddaughter’s eyes, the life story of Dorothea Lange, the photographer who captured the iconic image “Migrant Mother.” Never-seen-before photos, film footage, interviews, family memories, and journals reveal the artist who challenged America to know itself.

Reception & screening, presentation
Q & A with the film’s director Dyanna Taylor

Saturday October 14, 2017
Promptly 5 p.m.
110 North Main Street

Suggested donation $10
Seating is limited
Reservations required. Call 575-854-3253
Contact: Catherine DeMaria


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