|Date & time||Jun 12 '12, 12:00PM|
|Event ends||Aug 26 '12, 05:00PM|
El Paso Museum of Art - Downtown
Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art 1960-2012
June 17 – August 26, 2012
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family and Tom Lea Galleries
The exhibition "Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Artists 1850-1960," 1/17 to 2/25/2010, examined the development of artistic trends and the primary artists and imagery of the period. It sought to demonstrate that in the El Paso region traditions were strong, exhibition opportunities were few, the desert landscape was the subject of choice and that European modernist influences, such as abstraction, did not have much of an effect on artists or collectors until the 1950s.
The exhibition “Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art 1960-2012" recognizes the contributions those artists made and acknowledges that realism and representational imagery form the basis of this earlier period as well as the period 1960 to the present. In addition to exploring examples of realistic imagery by some of El Paso’s best-known artists, the work of other, under-recognized artists from the same region and period who worked with new subject matter and new art-making practices will also be investigated. This exhibition will explain the various reasons for working with realistic, semi-abstract or completely non-representational imagery and will indicate how modernist ideas opened the door to the development of new art forms and new subject matter.
This exhibition will present a glimpse into a period when there was an ongoing discussion about traditions and new directions. This recent period was one when unique cross-border relationships developed to support artists, when new definitions of art resulted in temporary, performance based and site specific works of art and when organizations fostered opportunities for artists working outside of traditional practices. This exhibition includes contemporary art from painting and installation to multimedia and new genres, but most of all it identifies some of the many highlights of art during this period for the delight of the viewer’s inquisitive eyes.
Ray Lopez Aleman
Holly Thurston Cox
Rigoberto de la Mora
Ricardo “Rick” Hernandez
Loren G. Janzen
Winifred Stoddard Korf
Ann James Massey
Ysela Fulton O’Malley
Mago Gandara Orona
Mitsu Overstreet and Noah MacDonald of the Keep Adding collective
Gloria Osuna Perez
Paul Henry Ramirez
Jacquelyn Stroud Spier