The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell

June 7, 2019 Carlos Arreola

June 6, 2019 (Santa Fe, NM)—The exhibition The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell articulates more than a century of responses through eighty objects, stoking conversation about art as activism, documentation, and representation. In celebration of the exhibition, the New Mexico Museum of Art presents two gallery talks. On June 21, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., photographers David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek talk about Eliot Porter’s Glen Canyon photographs On August 23, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., historian and environmentalist Jack Loeffler talks about the Colorado River and the West.  

Eliot Porter’s Photographs of Glen Canyon 

Gallery Talk by David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek

Date: June 21, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: The New Mexico Museum of Art

Ticket Information: Free with museum admission; New Mexico residents with ID receive free admission after 5:00 p.m. on Friday evenings, Museum of NM Foundation Members free, 16 and under always free

Photographers David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek will talk about Eliot Porter’s photographs of Glen Canyon, which resulted in the book The Place No One Knew: Glen Canyon on the Coloradoand served as one of the exhibition’s original inspirations. A pioneer of color photography, Porter made many visits to Glen Canyon in the 1960s to capture the extraordinary beauty of places that would soon be submerged under Lake Powell. Though his book, published by the Sierra Club, did not stop the building of Glen Canyon Dam, it galvanized interest in environmental activism. The two artists were close friends with Porter and will also share stories he passed on to them.

The Colorado River and the West

Gallery Talk by Jack Loeffler

Date: August 23, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: The New Mexico Museum of Art

Ticket Information: Free with museum admission; New Mexico residents with ID receive free admission after 5:00 p.m. on Friday evenings, Museum of NM Foundation Members free, 16 and under always free

Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, author, radio producer, and lecturer who has engaged in environmental activism for over fifty years. He is the author of nine books, and producer of over four hundred documentary radio programs broadcast over Community Public Radio stations throughout the Southwest and beyond. He will talk about water issues, the Glen Canyon Dam, and will play excerpts of recorded conversations with Edward Abbey, David Brower, Katie Lee, Stewart Udall, and former Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Floyd Dominy, who was responsible for construction of the dam. The University of New Mexico Press will release his memoir entitled “Headed into the Wind” in September, 2019.

Photo Credits from top: Eliot Porter, Old Cottonwood Tree, Moqui Canyon, Glen Canyon, Utah, April 8, 1963, dye transfer print, 22 1/2 x 18 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Joseph C. French, Jr. and John Wawrzonek, 2007 (2007.32.8). Photo by Cameron Gay  c 1990 Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Media Contact: Kat Andersen, 505-670-8060, Kat.Andersen@state.nm.us


Link to this release & image(s):   http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/950/the-great-unknown-artists-at-glen-canyon&preview=true

Links to related releases: http://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/910/the-great-unknown-artists-at-glen-canyon&preview=truehttp://media.newmexicoculture.org/release/881/the-great-unknown-artists-at-glen-canyon&preview=true

About the New Mexico Museum of Art: http://www.nmartmuseum.org/

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Museum of New Mexico Board of. Programs and exhibits are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its generous donors.

Founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Art has been presenting innovative arts programming in downtown Santa Fe for more than a century.  At its founding, the museum collected and exhibited artworks by noted artists from New Mexico and elsewhere. This tradition continues today with a wide array of exhibitions and a significant collection featuring work from the world’s leading artists. Today, as at its founding, the Museum of Art strives to bring the art of New Mexico to the world and the art of the world to New Mexico. Museum exhibitions and programs are supported by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its Director’s Leadership Fund and Exhibitions Development Fund.

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