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Delve into the Darkness & New Mexican Sculpture

Angelo Di Benedetto, Shelter, n.d., oil on canvas, 19 x 24 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kober, 1947 (43.23P) Photo by Cameron Gay ©Angelo Di Benedetto.

Delve into the darkness through painting and photography and, explore 20th century New Mexican sculpture in a range of styles at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Wait Until Dark and the Night Light Imagination Station have just opened, and Shots in the Dark and Carved & Cast: 20th century New Mexico Sculpture open Dec. 15.

“New Mexico is known for the unique quality of light which has fascinated thousands of artists in a variety of mediums for decades,” said Mary Kershaw, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art. “Wait until Dark and Shots in the Dark both explore the essence of darkness in painting and photography. For the first time, we are installing an entire gallery dedicated to hands-on creative activity for visitors of all ages with The Night Life Imagination Station connected to both nocturne exhibitions.

Ongoing through April 21, 2019

Wait Until Dark Generally understood as a night scene, the term nocturne refers to the quality of light in a painting, and can be twilight, waxing or waning light, or the darkness of night. This exhibition is drawn from the museum’s extensive collection of nocturnes, including painting, prints and photographs.

Night Life Imagination Station Night Life Imagination Station will expand your appreciation of darkness through a series of activities that investigate and illustrate the night with puppets, writing and drawing activities. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to delve deeper into the subject

Opening Dec. 15, 2018, through March 31, 2019

Shots in the Dark Photography is most often associated with light but in this exhibition, four Southwest photographers explore the dark side of the medium — landscapes at night, inviting us to explore the world of shadows.

Carved & Cast: 20th century New Mexican Sculpture Showcasing art in three dimensions, sculpture in a range of media, genres and styles utilized by New Mexican artists over the last century. Bringing the outside in, this exhibition will move beyond the boundaries of the gallery and include a new interpretive program for the museum’s sculpture gardens.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April. Admission $7 for New Mexico residents. $12 for non-residents, free for children 6 and under. The first Sunday of each month is free for New Mexico residents with ID. Wednesdays are free for New Mexico resident seniors (60+) with ID.

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