february, 2020

28feb6:30 pm6:30 pm“Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020” (Labor)


Event Details


Join us for the University Art Museum’s premier exhibition Labor: Motherhood & Art in 2020 (Labor), in conjunction with the Devasthali Hall grand opening, at New Mexico State University (NMSU), located at 1308 E University Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88003. In Labor, co-curators Marisa

Sage and Laurel Nakadate aim to expand upon the diverse and complex conversations regarding motherhood in today’s desperate socio-political climate. Labor features the work of artists Tracey Baran, María Berrío, Lenka Clayton, Patty Chang, Amy Cutler, Joey Fauerso, Tierney Gearon, Kate Gilmore, Jessica Jackson Hutchins, Las Hermanas Iglesias, Mary Kelly, Justine Kurland, Marilyn Minter, Laurel Nakadate, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Laurie Simmons, Wendy Red Star, Hương Ngô & Hồng- Ân Trương, and Mickalene Thomas. Through video, painting, installation, sculpture, film and photographic works by a diverse group of artists, themes of empowerment, empathy, intimacy, selflessness, vulnerability, failure, anxiety, and choice are examined. Situated in the Borderplex region of Southern New Mexico, Labor confronts and challenges the historic, traditional and contemporary ways mothers and mothering have been represented in both art and popular culture. This exhibition strives to create a laboratory of inclusiveness and support that offers opportunities not only for internationally celebrated artists, but also for the regional community, through local programming and the exhibition of work by New Mexico based artists who speak to their own experiences relating to motherhood. The grand opening also includes a special performance by featured Jessica Jackson scheduled to begin at 7:15 pm. For Hutchins’s site-specific performance, dancers turn ceramic objects into wearable sculptures using their bodies to scoff at prescribed rituals, seeking to recreate the euphoria and pain children and mothering bring to one’s body and creative life.



(Friday) 6:30 pm - 6:30 pm