In the Bunny Conlon Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery we aim to navigate the theme of Motherhood through the lens of the NMSU Permanent Art Collection. Like numerous museums globally, whether purposeful or unintended, our collection presents a relatively heavy male perspective of motherhood. When curating this selection, special care was given to highlight the rare examples of the maternal experience by leading feminist, queer, and diverse artists present within the collection. These works display a nuanced art historical vision of motherhood, and throughout this space, an intergenerational discussion of artistic practice and research is presented as it relates to the visions of motherhood and parenting in the 20th and 21st centuries. These works explore complicated representations of family, identity, reproductive choice and gender through the experiences of women and men that take on the concepts of patriarchal and matriarchal identities through the use of various mediums. In 2016 a new collecting mission was established to transition the UAM’s focus onto collecting significant works by leading female, LGBTQ and other underrepresented artists to more accurately reflect diverse cultural and social communities. We, in the University Art Museum, intend for this first exhibition to be another step towards diversification and equality within our exhibitions and collections going forward into the future at NMSU.
Artist in this gallery include: Ann Fessler, Carolyn DeMeritt, Graciela Iturbide, Hollis Sigler, Jim Goldberg, Joyce Kozloff, Judy Chicago, Julia Barello, Larry Sultan, Manuel Carrillo, Robert D’Alessandro, Roderick Mead, Russell Banks, and Shelby Lee Adams.
This gallery was curated by Courtney Uldrich, MA Candidate, 2021 as part of the course ART 597: Curating from the Collection.