I am pleased to announce my collaboration a guest artist on the New Mexico Museum of Art’s Instagram site during the week of June 10, 2018 in conjunction with its centennial exhibition Shifting Light: Photographic Perspectives.
Central Features Contemporary Art, curator Nancy Zastudil, and Independent Curators International (ICI) are partnering to initiate the Visiting Curator Series which brings to Albuquerque a select group of curators working in the American Southwest region who will conduct studio visits with multiple local artists over the course of several months. Apolo Gomez is one of the 2018 artist selected to participate.
After their visits, four of the five curators will each choose one artist to mentor for the following six months. In addition to regular conversations, in-person encounters will be made possible through the duration of the program via a travel budget provided to each artist to visit their mentors in their home cities. Collaborations in Albuquerque and the curators’ hometowns are encouraged so that regional partnerships can be activated or strengthened.
Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM examines race and identity in New Mexico and is a space for artistic expression that grapples with the complexities of who we are, how we are understood, and how that impacts the way we live (or don’t) in a variety of places. The exhibition features approximately 26 newly created artworks by artists with different experiences in New Mexico alongside works from the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum’s permanent collection. All of the artworks delve into race and place through an intersectional lens alongside gender, sexuality, class, nationality, citizenship status, etc. from local, national, and international perspectives.
This museum exhibition included much contemplation by the Visual Arts program staff and interns about what it might look like to create an exhibit that relinquished a bit of institutional control and placed it in the hands of the artists. Many of the works were not seen in their completed form until just weeks before the opening. The process continues to be a learning experience and the hope is to maintain an environment of openness and education, for the staff and our visitors, even after the exhibition closes.
July 16 – 30, 2017 Reception: Friday, July 21, 6-8pm
Photosummer presents Men I Know is an environmental portraiture series in which the photographer, Michael Apolo Gomez explores his relationship with men in his life, friends, lovers and acquaintances. He focuses on the male gaze, the male figure, masculinity as well as the domestic space they inhabit. By capturing them in these moments he hopes to further explore the disconnection that he has in relation to his understanding of what it means to be a man from his Queer perspective.