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National Hispanic Cultural Center

Fantasía Fantástica

Amapola Sagrada. Artist: Nick Abdalla. From exhibit: Fantas ía Fantástica at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum’s newest exhibit Fantasía Fantástica: Imaginative Spaces and Other-Worldly Collage features the fantastical creations of four artists: Nick Abdalla, Cynthia Cook, Carlos Quinto Kemm, and Rachel Muldez

Each artist’s works toy with space and expand the parameters of collage, collecting objects and images that populate the day-to-day but often go unnoticed. The artists then reframe the objects and images as part of a new imaginative whole.

Curated by Jadira Gurule, the exhibition showcases more than 70 works, each offering an opportunity to contemplate how fantasy and the imaginary inform daily life, as well as the broader historical and contemporary climate of Hispanic and Latina/o art.

Magical environments and mythical creatures emerge from framed spaces or stretch out across the museum as the artists reflect on themes such as nature, interconnectivity, art, mythology, outer space, the past, and the future. A variety of interpretations are possible and encouraged.

Also on exhibit in the Art Museum, in the first gallery, is ¡Aqui Estamos! — a circulating exhibition of artwork from NHCC’s permanent collection, which includes works from artists throughout the United States, Latin America, and Spain, as well as from other regions of the Spanish diaspora.

The National Hispanic Cultural Center is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday–Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. Admission is $6 for adults (17+), $5 for NM Residents (17+). Free for youth (16 and under), NHCC Foundation members, Seniors (60+) on Wednesday, Veterans and US Active Duty Military between Memorial Day and Labor Day and for NM Residents the first Sunday of each month.

Visitors to NHCC are encouraged to explore the campus. Located in the Torreon, is a 4,000-square-foot, concave buon fresco, created by Frederico Vigil, completed in 2009. Mundos de Mestizaje depicts thousands of years of Hispanic and pre-Hispanic history, highlighting diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas.

National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th St. SW, Albuquerque
505-246-2261 |

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