On view in the Main Gallery
January 29 – May 14, 2016
with an opening reception, Friday, January 29, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*
Curated by Bill Gilbert, Distinguished Professor of Art and Ecology, University of New Mexico
Mata Ortíz 1995-2015 presents work from the village of Juan Mata Ortíz over the twenty year period following our seminal exhibition at the University Art Museum in 1995. This exhibition tracks the development of artists whose early work contributed to the creation of an art movement in the village of Juan Mata Ortíz including Juan, Nicolás, and Lydia Quezada, Macarío and Eduardo Ortíz, Héctor Gallegos and Graciela Martínez, and Manuel Rodríguez. It also features work by members of the next generation of artists such as Laura Bugarini, Martín Cota, Diego Valles and Javier Martínez who have added layers of technical and conceptual complexity to the village’s production.
Mata Ortíz 1995-2015 reiterates the University Art Museum’s commitment to a multicultural perspective on the arts of Americas while providing the University Art Museum with the opportunity to announce the new Mata Ortíz pottery collection created by gifts from James H. and Patricia B. Gilbert and Raleigh Gardenhire.
From Left to Right:
Lydia Quezada, 1999, 14 × 10 × 10 inches, Anonymous loan,
Juan Quezada, 2009, 12 × 8 × 8 inches, Collection of Ron and Ricki Bybee,
Oscar Rodríguez, 1999, 12 × 9 × 9 inches, Anonymous Loan
All ceramic artworks © the Artist (s), all images Courtesy of Geistlight Photography, Albuquerque, NM