Exhibitions & Events


Imagining Social Movements in America from Emancipation to Black Lives Matter
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 6pm
UNM Campus, George Pearl Hall, Garcia Honda Auditorium
Free and open to the public

As part of PhotoSummer 2017 the University of New Mexico Art Museum, in partnership with CENTER, presents a lecture with educator, photo historian, curator and author Deborah Willis.

Images, whether artistic, documentary, or anthropological, are forever fixed in the popular imagination through photography. From the medium’s beginning, race and gender have shaped and controlled the reception of photographic portraits, both politically and aesthetically. Photographers from the 19th century to today respond to their own lives and their communities in similar ways. They comment on politics, culture, family, community, and history from internal and external points of view. This talk focuses on the abilities the photograph, the Internet and digital media provide us about the circulation of movement/activist imagery. This lecture will include works by image makers and change makers who are actively involved in changing the course of contemporary visual culture.

Deborah Willis, PhD, is University Professor and Chair of the Dept of Photography & Imaging at New York University/Tisch and has an affiliated appointment in Africana Studies. Professor Willis was a Fellow of African and African American Art History at Harvard University, a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow & 2000 MacArthur Fellow.

More information on location and parking here.

Kelly Eckel

©Kelly Eckel

Art & Oppression
June 10 – September 15, 2017
Santa Fe University of Art & Design’s Marion Center, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe, NM
Free and open to the public

The Art & Oppression exhibition will open at Santa Fe University of Art & Design’s Marion Center on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 6-8pm and continue through September 15, 2017.

CENTER’s annual 2017 PhotoSummer exhibition is on the theme of Art & Oppression and the works include many conceptual and literal interpretations. The curated photographs record victims of civil war in Sri Lanka, Guatemalan refugees in Mexico, uranium mining in western New Mexico, while others consider the suppression of women, police violence and surveillance.

Artists: Carl Moore, Francis Baker, Jane Szabo, Jerry Takigawa, Joan Fitzsimmons, Kelly Eckel, Kerry Skarbakka, Lynne Buchanan, Manuel & Oscar Gil, Marilyn Maxwell, Megan Jacobs, Patti Levey, Pilar Law, Tama Baldwin and Wes Bell.

View the extended Art & Oppression Gallery here.

©Jeanine Michna-Bales

Through Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad
June 2 – July 15, 2017
photo-eye Bookstore + Project Space, 376A Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM
Free and open to the public, Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5:30pm

CENTER presents an exhibition of photographs by Jeanine Michna-Bales featuring work from her project Through Darkness to Light: Seeking Freedom on the Underground Railroad. The artist spent ten years researching and retracing the journey of escaped slaves along the path of the nearly 1,400 mile Underground Railroad. Her photographs are taken at night capturing the places much as those who traveled along this route saw them many decades ago. Princeton Architectural Press published and released the book of the same title in 2017. Copies will be available at photo-eye.


These programs are made possible in part by the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission and the 1% Lodgers Tax.
Santa Fe Photographic Workshops
Santa Fe University of Art & Design
Santa Fe Arts Commission

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