Posts by Meridel
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.
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On Friday, August 5, 2016 at 5:30pm I will be presenting a gallery talk at the New Mexico Museum of Art, to speak about my photo series of the lowriders from 1980, which is currently part of the exhibition Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders.
Challenged by a suggestion that lowriders were the true craftsmen of New Mexico, in 1979 photographer Meridel Rubenstein ventured to Española to meet and photograph them. Rubenstein recognized lowriders as fellow artists and says they changed her own approach to making art. Her portraits of lowriders were featured in the Museum of Art’s 1980 exhibition The Lowriders, held outdoors on the Plaza alongside a car show.
I am pleased to be a part of two Museum shows this Spring through the Fall of 2016. On May 1 the New Mexico History Museum will present Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico, where several of my Lowrider prints from 1980 will be on exhibit. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek has pulled together an extensive collection of images by Don Usner, Annie Sahlin, Jack Parsons, Sam Adams, Norman Mauskopf, Dottie Lopez, Gabriela Campos, Meridel Rubenstein and others.
On May 21, the New Mexico Museum of Art will unveil Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders, an exhibit (through October 9, 2016) curated by Katherine Ware showing photographs and art inspired by car culture. Ahead of the exhibits, on April 15, the Museum of New Mexico Press will release a companion book featuring essays by Ware and Usner.
art ltd. July/Aug 2015 features Meridel Rubenstein in the Artist Profile
Read full article here: 2015_MR_art_ltd
Please join me in San Francisco on Saturday, September 12 at Brian Gross Fine Art for my exhibition The Volcano Cycle.
On view will be ten new photoworks from The Volcano Cycle, the second part of the three-part series, Eden Turned on its Side. In The Volcano Cycle, I explore deep time through images of the smoldering volcanoes that make up Indonesia’s Ring of Fire, evoking thoughts of earth, climate change, and human co-evolution.
Reception for the Artist: Saturday, September 12, 3-5 pm
Artist Talk: 3:30 pm
Mt. Bromo from Above Encircled, 2011
dye sublimation on aluminum, edition 1/5, 32 x 45 3/4 inches framed
Women’s International Study Center Panel Discussion: How Women Artists Shape the Arts and Contribute to Social Change
On August 6, 2015, Meridel was invited to join a panel of artists, Harmony Hammond and Rose B. Simpson, to discuss with moderator Kymberly Pinder and keynote speaker Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts on the topic of How Women Artists Shape the Arts and Contribute to Social Change.
This special lecture and moderated discussion explored the evolution of women artists over recent decades and their contributions to social change.
Presented by the Women’s International Study Center with the support of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
For more details on the event and to see the videos please visit:
Event and Speakers Introduction: 04:26–5:55
Meridel talk: 1:24:06–1:33:07
Meridel Q&A: 1:40:12–1:42.34
In the Spring 2015 El Palacio magazine’s article titled, The Arts of Nuclear (Dis)enchantment by Lois P. Rudnick included Meridel Rubenstein’s multimedia work about Robert Oppenheimer and Los Alamos, Archimedes’ Chamber and the Oppenheimer’s Chair
Read the article here:
Please join me for the second presentation in a multi-part series of exhibits that focuses on intersections of nature and culture in relationship to ecological and social imbalance. The show continues through June 21, 2015. Deepest thanks to all of you who came to the opening!
David Richard Gallery
544 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
This is the second presentation in a multi-part series of exhibits that focuses on intersections of nature and culture in relationship to ecological and social imbalance.
In this ArtBeat podcast that aired live on Thursday, May 28th, photographers Gay Block and Meridel Rubenstein talk with Kathryn Davis about their exhibitions at, respectively, the New Mexico Museum of Art and David Richard Gallery.