Luz Restirada: Latin American Photography from the UNM Art Museum

On view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery June 7 – July 26, 2014
With an opening reception, Friday, June 6, 6 – 8 pm,
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm.*

Luz Restirada examines how photographers working in Latin America have navigated the interplay of technology, art and history from the 19th century up to the present as well as the social and cultural role photography has played in Central and South America. Luz Restirada presents works from the UNM Art Museum’s Latin American holdings in an effort to broaden the historical context of art and cultural exchange in this part of the world.  Included in the exhibition are photographs by Pedro Meyer, Flor Garduño, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Luis González Palma, Joel-Peter Witkin and Vik Muniz.

On view concurrently with Digital Latin America,organized by 516 Arts and partners, including the UNM Art Museum satellite exhibition Oscar Muñoz: Biografías. For more information about Digital Latin America please visit

Curated by UNM Art Museum Graduate Intern, Christian Waguespack

Joel-Peter Witkin (American, b. 1939); Still Life: Mexico City, 1992; Gelatin silver print, toned; 25 x 28 inches; Gift of the artist; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; Image courtesy of the artist; © Joel-Peter Witkin.

Attributed to François Aubert (French, 1829-1906); Aztec Calendar, Mexico, c.1870; 9 1/8 x 6 ½ inches; Albumen silver print; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque.

Marc Ferrez (Brazilian, 1843-1923); Untitled (Woman from Bahia) from the album South American Views, c.1888; 7 x 4 ¼ inches; Albumen silver print; Gift of Eleanor and Van Deren Coke; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque.

Main Image:

Graciela Iturbide (Mexican, b.1942); Mujer Ángel, Sonora Desert, Mexico, 1979; Gelatin silver print; 16 13/16 x 10 1/8 inches; Gift of William Peterson and Janice Schmitz; University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque; © Graciela Iturbide, courtesy of Etherton Gallery, Tucson.

*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum.