New Mexico Museum of Art

The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 06, 2019

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(Santa Fe, NM)—The exhibition The Great Unknown: Artists at Glen Canyon and Lake Powell articulates more than a century of responses through eighty objects, stoking conversation about art as activism, documentation, and representation. In celebration of the exhibition, the New Mexico Museum of Art presents two gallery talks. On June 21, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., photographers David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek talk about Eliot Porter’s Glen Canyon photographs On August 23, 2019, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., historian and environmentalist Jack Loeffler talks about the Colorado River and the West.

 

Eliot Porter’s Photographs of Glen Canyon

Gallery Talk by David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek

Date: June 21, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: The New Mexico Museum of Art

Ticket Information: Free with museum admission; New Mexico residents with ID receive free admission after 5:00 p.m. on Friday evenings, Museum of NM Foundation Members free, 16 and under always free

 

Photographers David Scheinbaum and Janet Russek will talk about Eliot Porter’s photographs of Glen Canyon, which resulted in the book The Place No One Knew: Glen Canyon on the Colorado and served as one of the exhibition’s original inspirations. A pioneer of color photography, Porter made many visits to Glen Canyon in the 1960s to capture the extraordinary beauty of places that would soon be submerged under Lake Powell. Though his book, published by the Sierra Club, did not stop the building of Glen Canyon Dam, it galvanized interest in environmental activism. The two artists were close friends with Porter and will also share stories he passed on to them.

 

The Colorado River and the West

Gallery Talk by Jack Loeffler

Date: August 23, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Location: The New Mexico Museum of Art

Ticket Information: Free with museum admission; New Mexico residents with ID receive free admission after 5:00 p.m. on Friday evenings, Museum of NM Foundation Members free, 16 and under always free

 

Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, author, radio producer, and lecturer who has engaged in environmental activism for over fifty years. He is the author of nine books, and producer of over four hundred documentary radio programs broadcast over Community Public Radio stations throughout the Southwest and beyond. He will talk about water issues, the Glen Canyon Dam, and will play excerpts of recorded conversations with Edward Abbey, David Brower, Katie Lee, Stewart Udall, and former Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation Floyd Dominy, who was responsible for construction of the dam. The University of New Mexico Press will release his memoir entitled "Headed into the Wind" in September, 2019.


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