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Leaving O’Keeffe Country
July 14, 2022 @ 6:00 pm
516 Arts presents a conversation with artist Josh T. Franco, Cody Hartley, director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, and co-curator Alicia Inez Guzmán. They will explore the unintentional role of charismatic artists in gentrifying communities and erasing local histories, leading to the creation of art colonies like Santa Fe, which continue to face profound real estate crises today. Franco’s engagement with this phenomenon is informed by his years of examining the impact of the late artist Donald Judd’s legacy on Marfa, Texas. Hartley will further explore Georgia O’Keeffe’s legacy and the O’Keeffe Museum’s path towards institutional self-reflection.
Franco’s art installation at 516 Arts titled Stone Resting on Georgia O’Keeffe (Their Sky Fell to the Sound of Laughter) is currently on display in the exhibition Art Meets History: Technologies of the Spirit, co-curated by Alicia Inez Guzmán and Ric Kasini Kadour and on view through September 3, 2022. It is the second part of the two-part exhibition Art Meets History, which brings together historic content and contemporary art practices. It is presented by 516 Arts in partnership with the Albuquerque Museum Photography Archives and Art Meets History, a national initiative and program
of Kasini House.
“Fame is at the heart of the art world which is notoriously hierarchical with a select few artists on the top and an unknowable number of artists on the bottom. This system has implications for the culture of a community because it determines who is exhibited, who is published, and whose artwork is given attention.” —Ric Kasini Kadour
image: Ralph Looney, Georgia O’Keeffe holding stone, silver negative, 3.5 x 4.5625 in. Albuquerque Museum.