Upcoming Exhibitions

Jami Porter Lara, selected works from “Go On Now”, 2016
Jami Porter Lara, selected works from “Go On Now”, 2016; Pit-fired clay, 167 sculptures, 3–6 x 2 ½–3 ½ in. diameter each; Courtesy Central Features Contemporary Art; Photo by Addison Doty

Learn about exhibitions coming to NMWA soon!

FEB 17–MAY 14 2017

Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara

Albuquerque-based Jami Porter Lara (b. 1969) uses a millennia-old process to make pottery resembling a ubiquitous icon of modern life—the plastic bottle. While visiting a remote area along the U.S.–Mexico border, Porter Lara found the remains of ancient pottery as well as plastic bottles discarded by migrants moving through the region. Intrigued by this juxtaposition, she began to reconceptualize the plastic bottle. Porter Lara’s art blurs the line between what we see as natural and manufactured, illuminating the bottle as a precious object—a vessel that carries life-sustaining water. Through this lens, she exposes the porous nature of many types of “borders,” including the permeable boundary between art and rubbish.

FEB 17–MAY 14 2017

New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin

Contemporaries and friends, potter Maria Martinez (ca. 1887–1980) and photographer Laura Gilpin (1891–1979) brought the American Southwest into focus as a culturally rich region that fostered artistic expression. Martinez’s bold adaptation of an ancient black-on-black pottery design technique reflected Pueblo artistic traditions and also appealed to the modernist sensibility. Gilpin was one of the first women to capture the landscape and peoples of the American West on film. Organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this exhibition features 26 significant works by Martinez and 48 platinum, gelatin silver, and color print photographs by Gilpin. It explores the way these two artists worked from the 1930s to ’70s to shape the image of a modern Southwest. 

MAR 10–JUL 02 2017

Chromatic Scale: Prints by Polly Apfelbaum

Polly Apfelbaum’s printed images embody both precision and freedom, generated by her spontaneous and immediate methods of production. Born in 1955 in Philadelphia, Apfelbaum is best known for her large-scale installations and “fallen paintings,” compositions of dyed synthetic fabrics that she places directly on the floor. The performative aspect of these installations carries over to her “intuitive but structured” printmaking process, which incorporates interchangeable wood blocks and gradient inking. Apfelbaum’s striking colors and bold abstract shapes—alternately geometric and organic—reference Minimalist and Pop art. Featuring prints in NMWA’s collection along with complementary loans, Chromatic Scale takes a focused look at Apfelbaum’s print work, a part of her oeuvre that has not been extensively studied, and examines how the artist extends the conventional boundaries of color and technique.

JUN 23–SEP 10 2017


In celebration of NMWA’s 30th anniversary in 2017, Revival presents contemporary sculptors and photo-based artists whose arresting aesthetics and intense subject matter spur viewers into a transcendent encounter with the art object. These artists favor figurative or highly allusive imagery, yet they center their works on the unconscious, ferreting out the unspoken through disquieting referents including fragmented bodies, peculiar creatures, and wayward children. The exhibition demonstrates how artists engage space to generate intensity. Large-scale sculpture, photographs, and video installations create immersive, mesmeric environments. Smaller, painstakingly fabricated works draw the viewer in to deliver strong sensorial impact. Featuring works by Petah Coyne, Lalla Essaydi, Joana Vasconcelos, and others, Revival illuminates how women regenerate sculpture and photo-based art to profound expressive effect.