The Pleasure Show

New Mexico photographers explore pleasure

Storycollection with Mi'Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

June 29 – July 22, 2018
visit www.axleart.com daily for locations and hours.

Opening 5-7 pm, Friday June 29
Santa Fe Railyard
Farmers Market Shade Structure
Paseo de Peralta at the tracks

 

Participating Artists

Anne Staveley
Duane Monczewski
Lyndia Radice
Laurinda Stockwell
Patti Levey
Mary Sloane
Nancy Sutor
Gustavo Castilla
Ed Fields
Martin Wannam
Alexandra Rose 

Special Events and Activities

 

Saturday July 7

at Swan Park SF Bandstand Concert

6 - 8:30pm

 

Saturday July 14

at SFUAd/The Screen special event

6 - 8:pm

with Pleasure Show photographer Gustavo Castilla's mobile tintype portrait studio

 

Friday July 20

at Edition One Critical Mass opening

5-7pm

 

Friday July 20

7:30-10pm

at CCA's Community in Action

Mexico Today: Beyond the Wall

Southside Boys & Girls Club

with Pleasure Show photographer Gustavo Castilla's mobile tintype portrait studio

 

 

Saturday July 21

4-8pm

at The Baca Street Bash

Mobile Gallery Convergence

Axle, with Pleasure Show photographer Gustavo Castilla's mobile tintype portrait studio

Wild Cat Sister's Heartsick Boutique

Flux Gallery

 

Alexandra Rose

Alexandra Rose

(shutter) release $154

Alexandra Rose

Alexandra Rose

feeling myself in men's underwear nfs

Martin Wannam

Martin Wannam

The New Netflix And Chill 1/5 $175

Nancy Sutor

Nancy Sutor

October $200

Nancy Sutor

Nancy Sutor

July $200

Laurinda Stockwell

Laurinda Stockwell

Moon 1/10 $500

Mary Sloane

Mary Sloane

Summer Day $200

Mary Sloane

Mary Sloane

Walking Home $200

Mary Sloane

Mary Sloane

Old Laurel $200

Lyndia Radice

Lyndia Radice

Butterfly Morning $150

Anne Staveley

Anne Staveley

Pure Pleasure 1/50 $350

Patti Levey

Patti Levey

Amarylis $200

Gustavo Castilla

Gustavo Castilla

Anna with Spiderwebs 2/20 $150

Duane Monczewski

Duane Monczewski

Pigs, New Mexico State Fair $200

Ed Fields

Ed Fields

Tomales Bay $150

Last year, story collector Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz came to Axle with a proposal: Could she use the mobile space to reach out to the public and  gather stories related to her current investigations into people’s experiences of pleasure?

 

Axle curators Jerry Wellman and Matthew Chase-Daniel liked her idea, and discussed various ways to both refine and expand it. Together, all decided to create an accompanying exhibition of photography which explored the same themes that Mi’jan was investigating. Together we selected a jury to review photographs and released a call to New Mexico photographers.

 

The Pleasure Show explores the theme of pleasure in myriad forms and expressions through photography. Jurors Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Meridel Rubenstein, and Rose Simpson have selected photographs that explore the ways that we reconcile pleasure within the current, challenging times, while we are still very much in the throes of witnessing and beginning to reconcile centuries of historic abuse and trauma. 

 

The exhibition also explore how pleasure exists in myriad of ways during these times. Pleasure is readily accessible, and just like the recipient of any truly great gift, there is the giver who wants to share stories and images that convey the essence of day-to-day well being, whimsy, sensuality and life affirmation.

 

During the run of the exhibition, Mi’Jan will be using the Axle mobile space as a pleasure story collection site. You can share your story by signing up for an appointment at the link below.

 

A note from Mi'Jan

-The Pleasure Show grew out of my inquiry and creative response to the stories people tell about everyday pleasures, as a counter-balance to the stories I generally collect about tenacity, challenge and struggle in transformative communities. Moreover, this particular thematic inquiry first began during my 2017 public program (which was a storygathering dinner event), while in artist residency at Burnside Farm in Detroit, Michigan. I paired three rounds of story prompts with a three course meal. My final prompt? "Please loan me your story from your strongest memory of pleasure." 

 

 

Schedule your storycollection appointment with Mi'Jan here

http://axle.appointy.com/?sr=549795&st=267050

 

Story Collection Schedule

July 1, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM  CANYON ROAD

Pleasure Story Collection With Mi'jan

 

July 9, 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM PLAZA

Pleasure Story Collection With Mi'jan

 

July 12, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM  RAILYARD

Pleasure Story Collection With Mi'jan

 

July 15, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM   CANYON ROAD

Pleasure Story Collection With Mi'jan

 

July 16, 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM GENOVEVA CHAVEZ COMMUNITY CENTER

Pleasure Story Collection With Mi'jan

 

July 19, 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM RAILYARD

Pleasure Story Collection With Mi'jan

 

July 22, 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM CANYON ROAD

Pleasure Story Collection With Mi'jan

 

 

The Pleasure Show: Jurors

Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz

Dr. Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, Ed.D., is an oral historian, multicultural educator and creative leader. In 2017, Mi'Jan was honored by the Santa Fe New Mexican as “10 Who Made a Difference,” and her cultural work practice was featured by the Rockefeller Foundation and THE Magazine. Currently Mi'Jan is collaborating with Tewa Women United on a Healing Justice narrative project, alongside birthworkers, seed keepers, artists, cultural workers and reproductive justice organizers. In 2017, she was Documentarian-In-Residence with the Institute of American Indian Arts' Essential Studies Department, and from 2015 to 2016, Mi’Jan was a Visiting Scholar with the Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics at Columbia University. In 2016, Mi'Jan led the design and facilitation for the Steinem Initiative's public policy digital storytelling and documentation pilot project with women organizers who labor for reproductive justice, at Smith College. Mi'Jan's deepest, overall passion resides in stories: writing, gathering, amplifying and uncovering narratives of personal transformation and community social change.

 

 

Meridel Rubenstein

Meridel Rubenstein maintains her art studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has been an active arts educator for over 30 years.  Since 2006 she has been a Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Media at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore one semester a year. From 1990-95 she was the Harnish Visiting Artist at Smith College, in Northampton, Massachusetts. She has created photography programs at the College of Santa Fe (1976-80) and the Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico (1990-96) and directed the Photography Program at San Francisco State University in California, the oldest Master of Fine Arts program in the USA (1985-90). She has exhibited widely including most recently the Louvre in Paris and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin as well as in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. Her works are in prominent collections including the National Museum of American Art in Washington, the San Francisco Museum of Art, and the Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg, Germany.  She is currently represented in San Fransisco, CA by Brian Gross Fine Art. Meridel Rubenstein has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Bunting Institute at Harvard University, awards from the National Endowment of the Arts, as well as the Pollock-Krasner and the Rockefeller Foundations. She was educated at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and did special graduate studies at M.I.T. with the eminent photographer, Minor White. She received an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1974 and 1977, where she studied with noted art and photography historian and museum directors Beaumont Newhall and Van Deren Coke.

 

Rose Simpson

Rose B. Simpson was born in 1983 and raised in an Arts and Permaculture environment at Santa Clara Pueblo, NM. She is a mixed-media artist focusing in ceramic sculpture, metal, fashion, painting, music, performance, installation, and custom cars. She graduated high school Valedictorian from the Santa Fe Indian School and attended the University of New Mexico with a focus in Studio Arts, Creative Writing and Dance. In 2007 she graduated with a BFA in Studio Arts from the Institute of American Indian Arts. In 2011 she graduated with an Honors MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. From 2012-2015 she attended Northern New Mexico College’s Automotive Science Program with a focus in Auto Body. She is currently enrolled in the Institute of American Indian Arts’ Low Rez Creative Writing MFA program and teaches ceramics at IAIA. Simpson has shown her work internationally, and is in numerous museum collections nationally- including the Denver Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Clay Art Center, Heard Museum, Pomona College Museum of Art, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Simpson is currently on the Board of Directors of Flowering Tree Permaculture Institute and the New Mexico School for the Arts. She is represented by Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art Gallery in Santa Fe. Residing on the Santa Clara reservation, she explores the many ways to deconstruct gender and culture-based stereotypes and social ideologies by wandering between ceramic or fashion or drawing or music studios, working on her classic cars and motorcycle in her shop, or pulling weeds and feeding animals on the farm. 

 

 

The Pleasure Show is part of PhotoSummer, a series of exhibitions and events celebrating contemporary photography in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Learn about all the events here: http://www.photosummer.org/