Current Exhibition

Western Eyes: 20th Century Art Here and Now

Vibrant purple rock formations in front of a yellow sky with clouds and a large sun.
Image: Raymond Jonson, Light, 1917, oil on canvas, 44 1/2 × 41 1/4 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of John Curtis Underwood, 1925 (292.23P). Photo by Blair Clark.

Western Eyes: 20th Century Art Here and Now will explore regional developments of modernism including American realism, Indigenous modernism and Native American art, and Mexican modernism. It will highlight southwestern modernist painting and sculpture and display stylistic developments including abstract expressionism, minimalism, and pop. This exhibition illustrates how the museum’s collection is representative of these significant art historical moments and how the modern artists of New Mexico have always engaged with significant trends on a national and international level.


Outsider Art: Western Eyes   Pasatiempo June 17, 2022

Common Ground: ‘Western Eyes’ looks at how artists in the 20th century responded to New Mexico’s heritage and terrain   Albuquerque Journal  April 3, 2022


Educational Resources:

Thinking About Art

Artistic Movements