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National Hispanic Cultural Center

Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico

Because it’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in New Mexico 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 works 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, and status from local, national, and international perspectives.

This exhibition involved 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 instead placed it in the hands of the artists. Many of the works were not seen in their completed forms 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 concludes.

We are so honored to work with this amazing group of artists, which include: Adelina Cruz, Adriana Ortiz-Carmona, Apolo Gomez Autumn Chacon, Aziza Murray, Baochi Zhang, Brandee Caoba, Corey Pickett, Cynthia Cook, Earl McBride, Ehren Kee Natay, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Eric-Paul Riege, Erin Currier, Fatemeh Baigmoradi, Grace Rosario Perkins, Hamed Marwan, Jami Porter Lara, Jessica Chao, Joanna Keane Lopez, John Boyce, Lucrecia Troncoso, Monica Kennedy, Nanibah Chacon, Rose B. Simpson, and Zahra Marwan.

Artists from the permanent collection include: Ana Laura de la Garza, Annie Lopez, Asamblea de Artistas Revolucionarios de Oaxaca (ASARO), Carlos Cortéz, Consuelo Jiménez Underwood, Delilah Montoya, Eduardo Muñoz Bachs, Eric J. Garcia, Ester Hernández, Jason Garcia, Nicolás de Jesús, Noni Olabisi, Pamela Enriquez-Courts, Rosana Paulino, Rupert Garcia, Scherezade Garcia, Vincent Valdez, Yreina D. Cervantez.

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