curated by Candy Nartonis and Ellen Babcock
March 2 – March 30 , 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 2, 6-9pm
Migrations contextualizes human migration so that it can be mourned, accepted, embraced, and even in some circumstances celebrated. In our present world, millions of people have been forced to leave their homes. Political danger, famine, earthquakes, fire, rising water, and personal tragedy have caused so many human beings, world-wide, to experience displacement. Forced migration and movement made by choice are two sides of this range of journeys motivated by survival and by dreams of a better life. Important to this story are the migrations to find better and more suitable work and to reconnect with family.
Albuquerque as a city and Alburqueños as a people recognize the richness that migrations have brought to our state. As a group we have been particularly sensitive to the problems our new neighbors encounter. We reached out to many concerned groups while we planned this exhibition and the related events. They have all helped tell this story of current and historic migration.
Migrations touches on the sanctuary movement, the difficulty of crossing national borders, and threats of deportation. It will include community members who migrated or have family stories to tell. We’ll include supporting materials such as maps and histories. A room representing a safe place will fill the center of the gallery space. Inside this space, you will hear personal accounts of forced exodus, uprooted families, war and political and natural events that compel people to move. You will be able to add your own story or consider what you would do if you found yourself in this situation.
Artists and scholars contributing to the exhibition:
Ellen Babcock, Adam Herrera, Evey Jones, Israel F. Haros Lopez, Troy Lovato, David Mora, Candy Nartonis, Zeke Peña, Reed Perkins, Eric-Paul Riege, Jim Roeber, Carol Weber
Sunday, March 4: New Mexicans in Movement: off-site
First of the series: Sunday, March 4, 10am-12pm
We are sponsoring a series of guided walks to interact, share and connect with New Mexican global wanderers; persons for whom migration has defined their lives and the personality of our state. Among the hosts are successful innovators, former diplomats, misfits, multi-generational New Mexicans, as well as recent arrivals. These walks are created by Sidni Lamb at Mindful New Mexico. Check Mindful New Mexico website
http://www.mindfulnewmexico.com/ for dates, locations, and descriptions of walks in the series.
Saturday, March 10: 7pm, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory
Israel F. Haros Lopez performs Mexican Jazz
Poems of migration from his recent publication of Mexican Jazz, a graphic codex novel about women and children in detention centers. He will also be reading excerpts form his latest works, La Llorona Xronciles and Ghostbraids. La llorona Xronicles retells the classic story of La Llorona, the weeping woman and interrupts narratives of myths and oral histories. Ghostbraids is an exploration of Chicano poetry, experimenting with bilingualism, immigration and diverse poetic forms, visual poetry, improvisation and soundscapes, each reading of these works become site specific.
Saturday, March 24, 5-7pm, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory
Potluck Dinner and Music: you are all invited to this celebration of gifts. Bring a food offering from your homeland, write your family history, meet others.
We’ll supply plates and forks, drinks, and food from around the world.
ABOUT RACHEL COOK
As curator of DiverseWorks in Houston, TX, Rachel Cook is passionate about the organization’s mission to “commission, produce, and present new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist’s vision without constraint.” Her curatorial work reconsiders the relationship between images and objects, and investigates methods of delegation embedded within performative and participatory work. She has helped to organize commissioned projects with Tony Feher, Liz Magic Laser, Heather and Ivan Morison, Wu Tsang, Pepe Mar, and Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe.
Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals and catalogues, including Modern Painters, Flash Art, and the Prospect 3 catalogue. Prior to joining DiverseWorks, Cook worked for dOCUMENTA(13)’s publication team, and was a fellow for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York. She holds a Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Bachelors from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Cook has recently been appointed Creative Director of On the Boards in Seattle, WA. Her visit is organized in partnership with ICI and with full financial support provided by Common Field.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018
524 Central NW
Mercedez Holtry performs @ 6pm
250 FREE TACOS by El Paisa
Mercedez Holtry Jodie Herrera Sheri Crider Kei & Molly Textiles
A group of artists are gathering forces to create a visual, spoken word event that benefits the NM Dream Team, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center & the Santa Fe Dreamers Project.
Flight (01) is the first of three events that is partially sponsored by the Right of Return Fellowship which invests in formerly incarcerated artists to create original works that can further criminal justice reform in partnership with advocates and organizers. Sheri Crider is 1 of 7 inaugural recipient’s of this fellowship. As part of Flight (01) four visual artists will create works that amplify the conversation surrounding immigration and mass incarceration. Each artist brings their own signature work to the event as a collectible item. The proceeds benefit local organizations that support community members impacted by these issues. Jodie Herrera has designed a custom tote with a recent design informed by her recent body of work, Women Across Borders. Kei and Molly have designed one of their gorgeous linens with migratory birds that are featured in limited edition bird mobiles by Sheri Crider. The birds design are conceptually tied to currently detained immigrants at Cibola Detention Center. Flight will grow over the year in a series of events, culminating in a large scale installation and series of events at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in August.
Mercedez Holtry is a slam poet, writer, mentor, and Chicana feminist. Holtry has represented ABQ on multiple final and semi-final stages for national poetry events and holds multiple Albuquerque Slam titles. She has worked with youth in poetry workshops in multiple cities around the country and hosts a monthly poetry reading called “Lobo Slam”.
Jodie Herrera is a visual artist and curator from Taos, New Mexico. She is of both Native and Hispanic descent. Herrera works as an illustrator, muralist, a mixed-media artist, and curator all while predominantly focusing on oil painting. Herrera’s art has been featured in such settings as The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Art and History Museum of Santa Cruz, The Albuquerque Art and History Museum, 516 Gallery, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, among many others.
Sheri Crider is a visual artist, a community builder, a civil rights dreamer, living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The seemingly innate ability to draw and create was the key to recovering from many years of drug addicted, homelessness and incarceration. sheri has a BFA from the University of Arizona and a MFA from the University of New Mexico.
Kei and Molly live in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We founded Kei & Molly Textiles, LLC in 2010 to create both a printing studio dedicated to producing artisan-quality fabric goods as well as a vehicle to develop good jobs in our community. The studio is located in the International District of Albuquerque, an area home to many of the refugees and recent immigrants to our city. Vibrant with culture, it is nonetheless one of Albuquerque’s pockets of poverty. We are committed to creating good jobs in this area, and work with refugee resettlement programs to find many of our employees.
FOR MORE INFO: CONTACT SHERI CRIDER @ firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505.228.3749
POSTCOMMODITY ERIC PAUL-RIEGE
M. JENEA SANCHEZ TARA EVONNE TRUDELL
JANUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 23, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 26th 6-9pm
Performances: Opening night 7pm and February 23rd 7pm
Interior Landscapes is an exhibition presented by Sanitary Tortilla Factory and 516 ARTS as part of a collaboration for “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility”. Interior Landscapes co-curated by Daryl Lucero and sheri crider. The exhibition focus is on the lived experience of people on the U.S.-Mexico border. Elemental to these stories are the absence of political demarcations. Where the border suggests a bifurcation of territoriality, there also exists the space between the north and south.
The artists in this exhibit find themselves living in varying proximities with the border—Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora. Although the artists vary in social, cultural, and geographical distances, the work engages communities situated on the border. The works are collaborative and signify the reciprocal nature in which borders can be negotiated, and recreated to benefit those within them.
The works are examples of socially engaged art that humanize the border wall and its symbol of national identity, culture, and politics. And what we see are the acts that speak to living in a place of tension, violence, and creativity. The border becomes possessed by the humanity of those within it. What we witness are the stories, experiences, and truths not of the artists, but through the medium of conversation between the artists and communities. We witness the creativity of people and place.
In Border Tapestry (2009) M. Jenea Sanchez teases the absence of the border wall by transforming its purpose to divide and uses it to unite. Sanchez utilizes the steel structure as a loom to weave, to recall and connect to the “familial roots of the border communities, the families that are separated by the fence, and the days when movement across was more fluid and natural rather than militarized.”
Tara Evonne Trudell’s work physically transforms the words and messages of those living within the border area. Tara Evonne Trudell hosts poetry workshops with communities situated on the border. In these workshops, participants create poems that are then created into beads which become long strands of poetry. Tara Evonne Trudell see this work as a way to “address the realities of trying to cross the border: a trip plagued with dangerous environments and a heavily militarized zone.”
From the outside looking in, the border can be flat and two-dimensional. These works bring to light the life within. The border is animated, mocked, teased, and made human.
Click here to read the exhibition brochure
Thank you to 516 ARTS for making this exhibition possible.
516 ARTS US-Mexico Boarder Program Guide
December 15, 2017 – January 19, 2018
Opening reception Dec. 15, 6-9pm
“Pre-existing Conditions” is the result of a collaborative excavation of various illegal dump sites near Albuquerque. Cecilia McKinnon and Lance McGoldrick have sourced materials for installation, sculptures, and trash readymades from these informal sites, examining cycles of production, consumption, and planned obsolescence. The artists give consideration and new context to common trash, attempting to present waste objects as both repellent and beautiful.
The two artists, both redheads, share a common background in printmaking as well as a love of working with messy, often decaying materials. The artists share a mutual fascination with objects which are broken and abandoned, and with repurposing found objects and materials within sculptural practices. Cecilia McKinnon, an active member of GRAFT collective, is an intermedia artist and curator, interested in textiles, installation, and performance. Lance Ryan McGoldrick, an artist with Meow Wolf collective, is based in Albuquerque, NM. Working both solo and in collaboration, Lance’s work often takes on an architectural scale and has frequently been presented in non-traditional art spaces.
Congratulations to University of New Mexico MFA Candidate’s Kaitlin Bryson and Nick Simko on receiving Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Award! The Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series (E.V.A.S.S.) offers professional space for two Master of Fine Art graduate students per year as their final thesis show. The culminating exhibition launches them into their profession as an artist. With the series, we underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s innovative contemporary art scene.
Kaitlin Bryson lives and works in the high deserts of New Mexico, and has spent her life working as an artist and organic farmer. Drawing from her experience as a cultivator, her artwork illuminates the processual nature of life through the lens of transformation. Biological materials are embedded into her work so that the “finished” pieces have the potential to play, transform, and live out their own dynamic processes. Her work unfolds as restorative gestures for human and nonhuman audiences, serving as a reminder that mutability and adaptability are the common grounds we all inhabit.
Bryson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Nevada, Reno in 2012, and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Holland Project in Reno, Nevada, Site Santa Fe, and BioCultura in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been performed at The Holocene in Portland, Oregon. In January of 2018 Bryson will participate in the Interface Residency Programme in Gallway, Ireland, supported by funding in part from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.
Nick Simko is an interdisciplinary artist. Simko’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Walters Art Museum, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, 516 Arts, and Hillyer Arts Space. Simko holds a BFA degree in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is presently completing an MFA in Photography at the University of New Mexico.
In my studio practice I am interested in material process and the formation of identity. My work employs a variety of material techniques, blending digital imaging, drawing, and monumental tapestries woven on a computerized loom. Though my work is often grounded in imagery from the history of painting and photography, I am equally inspired by contemporary cultural artifacts such as music videos and animated sitcoms. My work often balances on a tightrope between two opposing cliffs: the serious and the silly, the sacred and the profane, the awful and the awesome. I am most interested in the slippage that occurs between approaches and how such fluidity challenges processes of identification.
November 10th – 24th, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, November 10th, 6-9pm
In an exhibition of interdisciplinary works, Eugene Ellenberg explores human limitations and the exquisite nature of failure. Communal phrases of promise and codes of distress coexist and contrast the artist’s own fractured faith and embrace of doubt. In a series of photographs, Ellenberg contends with self-conscious rituals in moments of reverence by exposing each sheet of film for as long as he held his breath. Accompanying installations repurpose industrial materials, inviting the visitor to engage with their own presence and sensorial experience in the space.
Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series
We Appreciate Your Progress, new works by Eugene Ellenberg is one of two exhibitions in the 2017 that is part of Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series. The Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series offers professional space for the culminating exhibition that defines the student’s launch into their profession as an artist. The series hopes to underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s historic connection to contemporary art practice.
About the Artist
Eugene Ellenberg is an interdisciplinary artist working in Albuquerque, NM. His work has been included in group exhibitions at Harry Wood Gallery in Tempe, AZ, Lionel Rombach Gallery in Tucson, AZ, Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA, Lee Gallery in Clemson, SC, College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA, Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, CO, Clinton Adams Gallery and 516 Arts in Albuquerque, NM. His work has been published online through Ain’t Bad, Lenscratch, Slate Magazine, CNN World and One, One Thousand Southern Photography. He is a recipient of the Howard L. Franks Memorial Fellowship. Originally from South Carolina, he received his BFA in Studio Art from Clemson University. As one of Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s Exceptional Scholars of 2017, We Appreciate Your Progress is his MFA thesis show for the Photography program at the University of New Mexico.
October 6th-November 3rd, 2017
Opening Reception: October 6th, 6-9pm
Curated by art historian, Ray Hernández-Durán, The Alchemical Trace: Transformation and Resilience in Recent Work by LGBTQIA Artists is an exhibition meant to open in conjunction with the 15th annual Southwest Gay Lesbian Film Festival, the largest event of its kind in this region of the country. With a focus on resistance, adaptation, and survival, the exhibition will include recent work by a diverse group of emerging LGBTQIA-identified artists from NYC, Chicago, San Francisco, L.A., Las Vegas, and Albuquerque, who address themes of healing, growth, memory, and persistence in their art. In addition to the exhibition, there will be a lecture series, art film screenings, and an exhibition catalogue that will be free to the public.
feat. Logan Bellew, Justin Favela, Pilar Gallego, Erol Scott Harris II, Earl McBride, Maia Cruz Palileo, Virgo Paraiso, Jami Porter Lara, Tino Rodriguez, Nick Simko, Jason Villegas.
The Alchemical Trace: Transformation and Resilience in Recent Work by LGBTQIA Artists is generously supported by the Fulcrum Fund in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Friday, September 29th from 6-9pm
The closing of Fathoms and Measures by our current artist in residence Alex Branch.
Artist Alex Branch came to the desert to build a musical boat. What she created was an orchestra. Using found materials, Branch re-purposes broken musical instruments to create pieces that function in new ways. Rebuilding what is broken, she uses pieces from pianos, clocks, cellos and crutches to reinvent music making. And yes, there is a boat.
7pm performance by Bryce Fletcher Hample of REIGHNBEAU and Hedia. Hample will play the sculptural instruments.
The Sanitary Tortilla Factory residency program is generously supported by the Fulcrum Fund in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation.
Thursday September 21st, 7-10pm
“As far as PoMo supergroups go, you don’t get much more super than what follows. On Thursday, Sept. 21, Albuquerque alternative art space, the Sanitary Tortilla Factory(401 Second Street SW) welcomes Tears of Silver. In case you wanna know, that’s an awesome ensemble comprised of some of the most kick-ass, legendary, profoundly experimental and influential rockers to ever set foot on planet Earth. Who are Tears of Silver? Ahem. Well. The group includes Jesse Chandler, Jonathan Donahue and Grasshopper, straight outta Mercury Rev. Donahue, readers may recall, did a stint in the Flaming Lips before leaving in 1992 to form Mercury Rev with Sean Thomas Mackowiak (Grasshopper the guitarist!). In addition, Ken Stringfellow, founder of Pacific Northwest forest power poppers The Posies adds salt to the tears. Stringfellow has also gigged as a bona fide member of Big Star (Damn!) and the dude played in the touring version of R.E.M. in the late ’90s and early aughts. The new collective has quickly gained the notice of the rock press, as well as growing adulation from a host of millennials who’ve been exposed to the band through coverage this summer in Diffuser and Brooklyn Vegan. The band and the tour have taken a decidedly unorthodox and underground identity, playing small acoustic shows in alternative spaces and recording an EP that features tunes by Al Cooper, Big Star and Bread. Their 7pm gig in Burque is an all-ages affair; tickets range in price from $20-$100 and are available at eventbrite.com.”
WHEN: Saturday, September 16, 12-6pm
WHERE: on 2nd Street between Lead & Coal, Downtown Albuquerque
HOW MUCH: FREE
Art, music, food & fun for the whole family!
Everyone is invited to join the fun at the Downtown Block Party, an outdoor festival of arts and culture on Saturday, September 16, 12-5pm on 2nd Street between Lead and Coal Avenues in Downtown Albuquerque. Admission is free and families are encouraged to attend.
The Downtown Block Party is at this location for the second year. It became a tradition starting in 2012 established by 516 ARTS where it was held for several years on Central Avenue. The annual Downtown Block Party is unique in its particular emphasis on arts programming and collaboration among arts organizations. This year’s line-up includes programming from 516 ARTS, Axle Contemporary, The Orpheum Arts Space, Rock 101, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and Warehouse 508.
Joseph Toledo of Jemez Pueblo, who is arranging Jemez Pueblo youth dancers to perform as part of 516 ARTS’ Cross Pollination activities at the block party, says, “Our local Jemez Day School dance group called the Little Eagle Drum Group will be performing the Butterfly Dance, which holds all pollination properties. In dance, song, and attire, the significance of the dance pollinates all living mother earth existence. Without pollination, nothing grows.”
Check out music by local musicians including the teen girl band Hiss with Rock 101 and Space Blanket with Warehouse 508. Shop local crafts and artisan products presented by Moonlight Market. And enjoy craft beer and cider, food trucks, and a variety of games including pool tables, badminton and pinball.
This year, The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and Sidetrack Brewing are the lead presenters of the Downtown Block Party, in partnership with 516 ARTS, Downtown Albuquerque MainStreet /Downtown Arts & Cultural District and the following businesses: Tractor Brewing Company, A Good Sign, HomeWise and Gertrude Zachary.
Sheri Crider, owner of The Sanitary Tortilla Factory and lead organizer of the event, says, “I really enjoy bringing people together, especially people who might not ever meet under different circumstances. The hope with this event is that the activities will bring people to downtown who might not normally venture this direction and allow them to interact and come together in new ways.”
Downtown Block Party Activities Include:
MUSIC & DANCE
Hiss, Kevin Herig with Rock 101 – 12:00pm Jemez Pueblo Little Eagle Drum Group – Butterfly Dance – presented by 516 ARTS – 2:00pmSpace Blanket with Warehouse 508- 4:00pm
Cross Pollination activities with 516 ARTS
Steve Barry: Wave, an exhibit inside the gallery at the Sanitary Tortilla Factory
Text & Image: Playing with Haiga, an exhibit in Axle Contemporary Mobile GalleryOpen Artists’ Studios inside the Sanitary Tortilla FactoryLive Painting with Warehouse 508
ARTS & CRAFTSArtisan Market curated by Moonlight Marketing
Badminton • Jenga • Corn Hole • Pinball • Billiards
FOOD & DRINK
The Supper Truck • Sidetrack Brewing • Tractor Brewing
Friday, July 7th, 6-9pm
Zine Release & Open-Studio-in-Closing
“The goal of Belonging is to reveal the pivotal experiences that shape one’s sense of belonging and connectedness to a place and country, and how it ultimately defines our authentic selves; and to say, We All Belong Here.”
The Sanitary Tortilla Factory residency program is generously supported by the Fulcrum Fund in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts and The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation.