I have curated or co-curated more than thirty original exhibitions pertaining to American art and material culture. As a curator, my primary goal is to invite visitors to engage with works of art. Whether I interact with school groups, academics, or casual visitors, I believe that every visitor can and should experience art in a profound and significant way. Through my skills in art history, writing, public speaking, and exhibition design, I encourage visitors to produce their own meanings through engaged looking and historical contextualization.
Below are highlights from my exhibition portfolio. If you would like a complete resume of exhibitions, I am happy to provide a list on request.
Magical and Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd June 15-September 16, 2018, Co-Curated with Kirsten M. Jensen
Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd are two of southeast New Mexico’s most significant artists. Co-organized with the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Magical & Real is the first scholarly exhibition to seriously consider the work of either artist in thirty years, and aims to resituate their work within the broader context of 20th-century American art. The exhibition includes approximately 100 paintings, and is accompanied by an illustrated, scholarly catalogue.
I worked on the Peter Hurd part of the exhibition, while Kirsten M. Jensen concentrated on Henriette Wyeth.
Community-Minded: The Roswell Museum Federal Art Center, August 4, 2018-May 26, 2019
This exhibition explores the Roswell Museum’s origins as a Federal Community Art Center. Highlights include surviving examples of the museum’s original WPA furniture, as well as several works of New Deal-era art from the permanent collection.
RAiR at 50: Beyond the Gift of Time, October 6, 2017-April 6, 2018
The Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (RAiR) is one of southeast New Mexico’s most significant cultural organizations, providing artists with free housing, studio space, and a living stipend for a year’s time. RAiR at 50: Beyond the Gift of Time celebrates this program’s milestone anniversary by featuring new works by more than 170 RAiR alumni from around the world.
Power: New Works by David Emitt Adams, January 13-May 28, 2017
Arizona-based photographer David Emitt Adams explores the intersections between landscape and culture through the use of historical photographic processes. Printing his landscapes on discarded cans, scrap metal, and other detritus, Adams emphasizes the intertwined relationship between civilization and the natural environment. In Power, Adams considers the ongoing, ambivalent legacy of the oil industry.
The Art of the Book, September 9, 2016-January 1, 2017
What is a book? Chances are we would imagine an object containing written text. Yet the book is also a versatile art form, and many artists have embraced its historical function as a means of communication for creative ends. The Art of the Book explores contemporary book arts in New Mexico, with 10 featured artists presenting different interpretations of the book as both a physical object and means of visual expression.
Currents: New Media New Mexico, June 15-September 16, 2016
Currents: New Media New Mexico is an exhibition occurring in partnership with Currents, an international new media festival that takes place in Santa Fe each June. Synthesizing art and technology, new media encompasses film, sound, animation, and other concepts that push our understanding of creative expression.
A Solid Green Mess: Howard Cook’s World War II Drawings, November 6, 2015-February 1, 2016
“A solid green mess,” is how artist Taos artist Howard Cook (1901-1980) described the jungles of the South Solomon Islands in July 1943. As a correspondent in the federal War Art Program, Cook depicted World War 2 in the Pacific Theater, sketching combat, recreation, and other facets of military life. This exhibition explores Cook’s war art through a selection of his sketches, paintings, and letters.
Signe Stuart: Fifteen, October 2, 2015-March 20, 2016
Signe Stuart is an abstract artist whose diverse works represent an ongoing process of negotiation and experimentation between ideas and materials. Signe Stuart: Fifteen considers the changes and continuities that have shaped her artistic investigations. The show features fifteen works created in fifteen different years, allowing visitors to observe the evolution of her art through time.
Guitars from Club Muse: Roger Sweet, August 22, 2015-January 17, 2016
Based in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, artist and musician Roger Sweet has spent over three decades creating twenty-four sculptures out of guitars. The result is a distinct body of work that uses this instrument’s enduring popularity to explore different ideas, from the repercussions of the Cold War to the history of art.
The Art of Peril: Fires, Shipwrecks, and Other Disasters, June 22-October 31, 2013
Natural disasters have always enthralled humanity, but during the 19th century, lithography, photography, and other technological advancements made images of catastrophe more readily available than ever before. This exhibition explores our fascination with disaster through a selection of prints, photographs, and other objects.
How Extraordinary! Travel, Novelty, and Time, June 14-October 28, 2012
This exhibit addresses the concept of novelty in 18th and 19th century America and Europe. The first section looks at real and imaginary travel, as artists endeavored to introduce new places to their audiences. The second section considers some of the ways in which 19th-century Americans and European visual culture incorporated novel elements, from fashion plates featuring new dyes or textile patterns, to the depiction of imported fruit in still life paintings.
Time Machines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk, June 14-October 28, 2012, Co-Curated with Kory Rogers
This exhibition explores the multifaceted role of science fiction in American popular culture through an examination of three different genres. The first section examines space travel as it evolved from a fanciful concept to a scientific reality through a selection of mid-twentieth century toys. The second section considers robots in popular culture and the ways in which they manifest our attitudes toward technology. The final section looks at steampunk and how its practitioners synthesize contemporary technologies with 19th-century aesthetics to create an alternative version of the future.
I focused primarily on the space section of the exhibition.