Has the production of modern art in Albuquerque surpassed that of Santa Fe and Taos? We all recognize the superior reputation of the artists of Northern New Mexico. However, now comes an exhibition at the Albuquerque Museum of Art which focuses upon the unique history and modern art scene in Albuquerque, not that of Santa Fe and Taos. Does Albuquerque also belong on the art map? According to the exhibition’s curator, Dr. Joseph Traugott, “Albuquerque artists found their own artistic voice after World War II and transformed a western boom town into a thriving art center.” The resulting abstract works broke with traditional New Mexico scenes, shunned commercialization, and deservedly put Albuquerque on the art map alongside Santa Fe and Taos. Please join host Stephen Spitz and Joseph Traugott, formerly curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts, as we consider Albuquerque’s significance in the art world. Produced with assistance of Jefferson White and Lynn Schibeci.
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