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Eden in Iraq Update 2019

Dear Friends,

I’m back from Iraq with really good news. The Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden in the Mesopotamian Marshes at El Chibaish has been partially funding by Iraq’s Ministry for Water Resources! Plans are underway to break ground as soon as possible, by this fall, If not sooner.

After a 4 year detour to vanquish ISIS, Iraq has a new sense of a future. There are plans to invest both environmentally and culturally. There are new faces returning to direct the Ministries as well as the Embassies abroad.   Educated civil servants, who have studied abroad, energetically abound. New attention is being paid to the Mesopotamian marshes, since being designated, in 2016, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This includes the ancient sites of Ur, Uruk, and Eridu.

It’s been a very wet spring, so this is the first time since the marshes were drained in the early 1990’s that they are 85% re-flooded.

Read the Full Letter by clicking on the link below.

A letter from Iraq 2019


28 May 2019

BRACK Magazine Feature

Meridel Rubenstein is featured in the Energy Issue of BRACK Magazine.

Read the Article here: Brack Mag Issue 4




23 May 2019

Meridel Rubenstein 23 Feb — 6 Apr 2019 at the Brian Gross Fine Art

Link to Full article here.

17 Feb 2019

National Museum Singapore Lecture

5 Dec 2018


We’re thrilled to announce a feature spread in Trend Magazine’s 2018 Summer edition… see link below to view a PDF of work along with an article about Meridel’s Eden In Iraq work!

TREND Magazine Summer 2018

23 Aug 2018

Announcing: Spring/Summer 2018 Exhibitions

Thank you to all who contributed, all who attended, and all who lent their support in the creation and exhibition of these works!


Oppenheimer’s Chair and The Meeting at New Mexico History Museum, through May 2019. Installations on loan from the Tia Collection.

Eden In Iraq: In The Marshes, at Currents New Media Festival 2018 through June 24th.

Tickling The Dragon’s Tail at Peters Projects through August 11th.

Exhibition at Nanyang Technological University’s School of Art, Design and Media Gallery, works on display through October.

Eden Turned on Its Side at the UNM Art Museum, final weekend: June 16th.


18 Jun 2018




Saturday, June 16th

Peters Projects, Tickling The Dragon’s Tail

Afternoon reception Saturday 3-5 pm

exhibition runs June 8 – August 11


Friday, July 13th

Tech And The West Symposium

A Sense of Place panel discussion at 10:30am

with Meridel Rubenstein and Will Wilson, moderated by Dr. Alison Fields

(and join us for a tailgate celebration before the opening of Dr. Atomic at the Opera the following



Friday, July 13th

Book signing at Photo-Eye Bookstore

Eden Turned on Its Side, 4-5:30pm





Atomic Histories NOW OPEN at the New Mexico History Museum

(exhibition runs through May 2019)


CURRENTS New Media Festival 2018: In The Marshes Installation, from Eden in Iraq

(exhibition runs until June 24th)


University of New Mexico Art Museum in Albuquerque, NM

Eden Turned on Its Side

(through June 16th)

Meridel Rubenstein, Eden Turned on Its Side

11 Jun 2018

Albuquerque Journal 1.28.18

Read online: Exhibit explores human-caused and natural environmental changes

A UNM alumna, Rubenstein has long been drawn to concepts of home, place and the environment. The show marks the first time her series “Photosynthesis,” “Volcano Cycle” and “Eden in Iraq” have been grouped in a major photographic exhibition. “Photosynthesis” focuses on the natural cycle of the seasons and our dependence on trees. “Volcano Cycle” documents the active volcanoes of the Indonesia to explore environmental change on a non-human scale. “Eden in Iraq” examines environmental devastation and renewal at the site of the biblical Eden.

– Kathaleen Roberts / Journal Staff Writer

29 Jan 2018

Exhibition Opening February 3rd, Albuquerque NM





SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 3:00 – 6:00 PM


The UNM Art Museum and the University of New Mexico College of Fine Arts invite you to celebrate the opening of the exhibition:
Meridel Rubenstein, Eden Turned on Its Side.
The evening will feature music by Muni Kulasinghe and food by My Sweet Basil.
3 – 4 pm: Conversation between Curator Shawn Michelle Smith and Artist Meridel Rubenstein, Keller Hall*
4 pm: Book Signing with Artist Meridel Rubenstein, Center for the Arts Lobby
4 – 6 pm: Opening Reception

On view in the Main Gallery
February 2 – June 16, 2018

Meridel Rubenstein, Eden Turned on Its Side is a major photographic artwork comprised of three parts: Photosynthesis, Volcano Cycle, and Eden in Iraq. The work is about human relationships to the environment on the scales of human time, geological time, and mythical time. Photosynthesis focuses on the natural cycle of the seasons and our interdependence on trees for our existence, including the very air we breathe. Volcano Cycle documents the active volcanoes of the Indonesian Ring of Fire to consider ecological change on the non-human scale of deep, geological time. Eden in Iraq explores environmental devastation and renewal at the site of Biblical Eden in Southern Iraq.

This will be the first showing of Meridel Rubenstein, Eden Turned on Its Sidethat includes selections from all three of its component series.


Meridel Rubenstein, who maintains her art studio in Santa Fe, NM, began her professional career in the early 1970s, evolving from a photographer of single photographic images to an artist of extended works and multi-media installations. She has exhibited widely including the Louvre in Paris and the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin as well as in numerous gallery and museum exhibitions in the United States.

Her works are in prominent collections including the National Museum of American Art in Washington DC; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ; High Museum, Atlanta, Ga; Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Texas; and San Francisco Museum of Art, California. Meridel Rubenstein is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Since 2007, Rubenstein has held the position of Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Art, Design and Media at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore. NTU has supported, in part, production of the Volcano Cycle and Eden in Iraq. Rubenstein was educated at Sarah Lawrence College in New York and did special graduate studies at M.I.T. with the photographer Minor White. She received an M.A. and M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, in 1974 and 1977, where she studied with noted art and photography historians and museum directors Beaumont Newhall and Van Deren Coke.
*Conversation supported by the Allene H. and Walter P. Kleweno Lecture Series Fund

The UNM Art Museum would like to thank Brian Gross Fine Art for their generous support of this exhibition.

16 Jan 2018

Upcoming Exhibitions in New Mexico!

More information about Eden Turned on Its Side at the University of New Mexico Art Museum

More information about Atomic Histories at the New Mexico History Museum

More information about Currents New Media festival

10 Jan 2018