The University of New Mexico Art Museum celebrates Hindsight Insight 2.0 with a reception on March 31.
Hindsight Insight 2.0
University of New Mexico Art Museum, Albuquerque
Earlier this month, the University of New Mexico Art Museum opened Hindsight Insight 2.0: Portraits, Landscapes, and Abstraction from the UNM Art Museum. The hybrid exhibition and project space is devoted to complicating existing narratives about racism, decolonization, and gender stereotypes within museum collections while de-centering curatorial authority and institutional voice. Curated and created by Collective Constructs, Jess T. Dugan, Eleanor Kane, and Mary Statzer, the exhibition features more than sixty portraits, landscapes, and abstract artworks from the UNM Art Museum collection.
Hindsight Insight 2.0 is made possible by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. The exhibition will be celebrated with an opening reception on Friday, March 31, from 4 to 7 pm. Light refreshments will be available, with music by DJ Garronteed from 5 to 7 pm.
“The intention behind Hindsight Insight 2.0 is to honor and engage student perspectives, interests, and concerns to make art relevant and alive for UNMAM’s core audience. Over the next two years of this ongoing experimental project, museum staff will engage the university community to generate critical dialog that resists static presentation and fixed interpretations,” said Mary Statzer, curator of prints and photographs at UNMAM.
Hindsight Insight 2.0 asks where art objects come from, why they look the way they do, and how they earned their place within the museum walls. Though the art-historical importance of the objects in Hindsight Insight 2.0 is noteworthy, the exhibition encourages critical thought and conversation about the role of university museums and the practice of art collecting. The exhibition is organized into four thematic sections that highlight women artists, artists of color, representations of people from marginalized groups, and artists with unique connections to the University of New Mexico.
Hindsight Insight 2.0 honors student perspectives by inviting the university community to contribute to the exhibition. Collective Constructs—formed by UNM students Marina Perez, Francis Reynolds, and Anna Rotty, with assistant professor of art and art History Marcella Ernest (Ojibwe)—contributes to the presentation and interpretation of Hindsight Insight 2.0 in ways that translate to a socially conscious practice. The group provided guidance on works displayed in the exhibition, posed questions to museum visitors through wall text, and will continue to engage with the exhibition by publishing a zine, conducting interviews with artists and museum staff, and developing a series of public programs. Further invitations to respond to the exhibition will be extended to students and faculty across the University of New Mexico.
Located at the heart of UNM’s Center for the Arts, the University of New Mexico Art Museum is open Tuesday–Thursday from 10 am to 5 pm and Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. The museum is excited to celebrate the opening of Hindsight Insight 2.0 on Friday, March 31, from 4 to 7 pm. Visit artmuseum.unm.edu for more information.