The National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) Art Museum will hold an opening reception February 16, 2018, 5:30-7:30pm, for La Ultima Exhibición, curated by Augustine Romero and organized around the visual interpretations of Rudolfo Anaya’s acclaimed book, Bless Me, Ultima (1972)–a portrait of life in rural New Mexico as seen through the eyes of a young boy during World War II. Anaya tells of the spiritual healer, Ultima, as she guides young Antonio on a magical and moral journey in this novel that has inspired artists for decades.
The exhibit will run until November 11, 2018, and features works by New Mexican artists including Jesús “Cimi” Alvarado, George C’de Baca, Sylvia Ortiz Domney, Christian Michael Gallegos, Eric García, Kristina Gonzales, Nacho Jaramillo, Al Na’ir Lara, Chisim Bernal Lujan, Oscar Lozoya, Chris Ray Melendez, El Moisés, Derrick Montez, Paloma Paz Nava, Gabriel Luis Powers, Chris Rivera, Rebecca H. Hernandez Rosser, and Catalina Salinas.
Augustine Romero, an acclaimed visual artist and curator, is the curator of the South Broadway Cultural Center and the Kimo Theater–both City of Albuquerque art venues. Romero first conceived the idea for this exhibit in Fall 2006 when an earlier version of this show, titled La Ultima Grande, was featured at the South Broadway Cultural Center Art Gallery. This version of the exhibition features some of the original artwork from the 2006 exhibit as well as new works by artists invited to participate in the 2018 version of the show.
The National Hispanic Cultural Center is located at 1701 4th Street SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. For more information contact 505.246.2261 or visit nhccnm.org.
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