Opens July 17
We are creating a series of exhibitions, BROADSIDES, on the exterior of the mobile gallery. People will design works to be printed and wheat-pasted to the sides and back of Axle. We will print and paste up the selected works and park the gallery around Santa Fe where people can see the work while walking or driving, and while maintaining safe practices.
International Endoscopic Film Festival
August 23 - 30, 2020
part of the CURRENTS New Media Fesival
People have always been finding ways to look inside, behind, and beyond. With the invention of the endoscopic camera we can now easily look inside holes and pipes and bodies.Today endoscopes are routinely used for arthroscopic surgery, and colonoscopy. Plumbers have adopted the technology for diagnosing blockages, feeding borescopes deep into household and municipal sewer pipes. As the technology had blossomed, uses for the endoscope have expanded. Mechanics look inside machines, biologists look inside underground nests, and treasure hunters look into storm drains.
Axle Contemporary is now pleased to announce the International Endoscopic Film Festival. A series of short films to be screened in Axle’s mobile artspace or online, depending on the state of the virus, from June 12-21, 2020, in conjunction with the Currents Festival of New Media Art.
Panel Discussion: Women Curate Women
at 516 ARTS
Friday, October 9, 2020 6pm – 8pm
Online via Zoom (possibly in person at 516 ARTS pending pandemic status at that time) Free, pre-registration required:
516 ARTS presents Women Curate Women, a panel discussion between four New Mexico women curators in conjunction with the exhibition Feminisms (September 26, 2020–January 2, 2021). Within the span of one year, New Mexico is home to four woman-centered art exhibitions across the state: Feminisms, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque (guest curated by Andrea R. Hanley, curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian); Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque (curated by Mary Statzer); Labor: Motherhood in Art in 2020, NMSU Art Museum, Las Cruces (curated by Marisa Sage); and Feminist Art in the Age of Trump, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe (curated by noted art writer and activist Lucy Lippard).
On October 9 (to take place in person if possible, but planned to be online for now), these four curators will be joined by moderator Lauren Tresp, publisher and editor, Southwest Contemporary, Santa Fe, in a discussion around curating femme and femme-identifying artwork. The discussion will span multiple themes around and between these curators’ recent exhibitions exploring feminist themes including: the value of gender-based art exhibitions, the cultural and economic circumstances negotiated by female artists and curators, how feminist exhibitions serve as platforms that ground conversations about equality, misogyny, and art world bias, and how art can serve as a departure point for the cause of social justice.
This event is in conjunction with a new initiative spearheaded by the Feminist Art Coalition, a national effort seeking to inspire a broad variety of exhibitions and programs across the country to centralize feminist perspectives and concerns in the cultural consciousness leading into and the year following the 2020 election. This endeavor takes feminist thought and practice as its point of departure and considers art as a catalyst for civic engagement.
Feminist Art in the Trump Era
curated by Lucy R. Lippard
September 11 - November 3
Feminist Art in the Trump Era is an exhibition of works by 27 New Mexico based artists that explore various feminist realities and rants. Works chosen for this exhibition from an open call to New Mexico based artists resonate with the hopefully soon- to-be-extinct Trump era. The exhibition will take place on the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution and the 10 year anniversary of the founding of the Axle Contemporary mobile artspace.
The Furies: Kristin Barendsen, Patti Levey, Lauren Ayer
About the juror
Celebrated for her deeply influential and interwoven work—as author, activist, and curator—Lucy R. Lippard is recognized as one of contemporary art’s most significant critics and as a founder of Conceptual art. Born in New York in 1937, Lippard began her career as a writer in 1962 and subsequently produced numerous groundbreaking exhibitions and 25 books .She was a cofounder of the Ad Hoc Women Artists Committee, Printed Matter, Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PADD), the Heresies Collective and journal, and Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America. She has received nine honorary degrees and many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary award, and a lifetime achievement award from the College Art Association.