Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art 1960 – 2012
El Paso Museum of Art
June 17 through August 26, 2012
Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art 1960 – 2012 will open to the public Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 12 p.m. in the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery and the Tom Lea Galleries at the El Paso Museum of Art. Admission to the Museum and this exhibition are free to the public.
Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art 1960-2012
The exhibition Into the Desert Light: Early El Paso Artists 1850-1960, examined the development of artistic trends by the primary artists in imagery of the period. It sought to demonstrate that in the El Paso region traditions were strong, exhibition opportunities were few, the desert landscape was the subject of choice and European modernist influences, such as abstraction, did not have much of an effect on artists or collectors until the 1950s.
Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art 1960 – 2012 will continue the narrative by looking at a later period, when realism and representational imagery continued to form an important basis of art making. In addition to exploring examples of realistic imagery by some of El Paso’s best-known artists, the exhibition will investigate the work of other, under-recognized artists from the same region and period who worked with new subject matter and new practices. Inquisitive Eyes will explain the various reasons for working with realistic, semi-abstract or completely non-representational imagery and will indicate how modernist ideas opened the door to the development of new art forms and new subject matter.
This exhibition presents a glimpse into a period when there was an ongoing discussion about traditions and new directions. This recent period was one when unique cross-border relationships developed to support artists, when new definitions of art resulted in temporary, performance based and site specific works of art and when organizations fostered opportunities for artists working outside of traditional practices. This exhibition includes contemporary art from painting and installation to multimedia and new genres, but it also identifies some of the many highlights of art during this period for the delight of the viewer’s inquisitive eyes.
- North American Communications
- El Paso Museum of Art Foundation