Desierto Mountain Time, a constellation of contemporary arts organizations in the Southwest United States and northern Mexico, launches an ambitious series of exhibitions, artist talks, and a podcast series.
Tucson galleries and museums are tackling an array of topics during the fall 2021 exhibition season, bringing together artists working in neon, sculpture, video, installation art, photography, and more.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Arizona explores the Visionary Arts movement with exhibitions featuring Alex Grey and Allyson Grey plus several contemporary artists based in and beyond the Southwest.
Peggy McGivern’s retrospective at Taos Art Museum at Fechin Studio enters dreamscapes and everyday scenes, tracing forty years and more than seventy-five works by the Taos artist.
Matthew Bourbon: Hive at the Fort Worth Community Art Center challenges us to settle our buzzing brains through bold color, composition, and paint-manipulation strategies.
Aaron Berger, the newly appointed executive director of the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, discusses his career, the city’s diversity embedded in the museum’s collection, and his passion for glassblowing.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival 2021 returns with a full line-up of screenings, panels, and events.
Eleven young Phoenix artists explore personal trauma, marginalized communities, environmental degradation, and other markers of contemporary society at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art.
SITE Santa Fe presents three multi-sensory installations by Joanna Keane Lopez, Oswaldo Maciá, and Johnny Ortiz for fall 2021.
Hunt Slonem: Curiouser and Curiouser at K Contemporary in Denver features 200 pieces from the New York artist's career—including his signature bunnies.
The 2021 Taos Fall Arts Festival and Taos Wool Festival support local artistic expression while upholding the town’s artistic legacy of gathered celebrations of the land and art.
During a long and dizzying tour of the new Meow Wolf in Denver, a local writer homes in on how the immersive experience conjures a Colorado vibe.
The McNay Art Museum celebrates San Antonio food culture with The Art of SA Eats, an exhibition combining poppy depictions of sweets and recreations of old-school restaurants and signage.
At the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, worldwide Indigenous artists render the effects of uranium mining and nuclear bomb testing on their lands and people.
Ash Studios is a Dallas community art space inspiring art entrepreneurship and collaborations with the end goal of raising awareness for social justice issues and underrepresented artists.
Nevada Museum of Art’s Art + Environment Conference transitions to a virtual format with the potential to expand audiences and present more diverse perspectives on Land Art.
Thais Mather: Western Blue at Santa Fe’s form & concept ponders the comprehensive characteristics of the color blue in a cunning display of sculptural installations, micro-pointillist drawings, watercolors, and holograms.
The Denver Selfie Museum is a pleasant, photogenic distraction during trying times.
Golden Light, Long Shadows, and Roadside Flowers, a new exhibition by Daniel McCoy, opens at Hecho a Mano in Santa Fe on September 24.
Beauty Suppliers: How Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Fresquez Explore Identity and Culture Through Hair
Arizona artists Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Fresquez incorporate unconventional materials including synthetic hair to explore identity and culture at Phoenix’s Lisa Sette Gallery.
Gulf Coast Anthropocene, the latest exhibition at Project Row Houses in Houston, features works that stray from traditional narratives of the climate crisis to center the Black and brown communities most at risk.
Mi’Jan Celie Tho-Biaz, a Santa Fe cultural worker and oral historian, holds a series of live talks this week that spotlight the distinct nature of BIPOC cultural work.
In the tiny town of Fort Garland, Colorado, Unsilenced: Indigenous Enslavement in Southern Colorado by Chip Thomas (the artist known as jetsonorama) spotlights uncomfortable and paramount histories of Indigenous captivity.
Ann Morton tackles divisive politics with The Violet Protest, a Phoenix Art Museum exhibition that, once deinstalled, will be mailed piecemeal to every member of the United States Congress.
Artist Tigre Mashaal-Lively talks with Southwest Contemporary about the burning of The Solacii sculpture, which was destroyed in a suspected arson outside of Santa Fe’s form & concept gallery.
Artist Adriene Jenik puts a human face on the tragedy in Afghanistan with her Data Humanization Project, which examines the impacts of America’s militarized culture.
Southwestern universities—including Arizona State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Colorado Boulder, and more—are working to increase equity, interdisciplinary study, and tangible career skills in graduate arts.
Jami Porter Lara’s Terms and Conditions offers a space for uncomfortable conversations around identity, womanhood, and whiteness.
The Project Freeway program by DiverseWorks in Houston amplifies the arts in the fast-growing city’s overlooked neighborhoods. It also provides artist fellowships to social-change and community-based practitioners.
In an eastern New Mexico town known for Billy the Kid, the Art in Public Places program confronts complex and difficult histories, including the tragic Long Walk to Bosque Redondo.
As voting rights and the DACA immigration program took hits in Texas, Arizona artists Gloria Martinez-Granados and Joan Baron remain committed to John Lewis’s renowned call to make "good trouble."