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Albuquerque, NM 87102

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Sandia Hot

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Justin Favela, Body Of Us opening reception,  2023, Courtesy of the Artist, Photo courtesy of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Sandia Hot
Justin Favela in collaboration with Working Classroom
August 4 – 25, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4 from 5-8 pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is proud to present Sandia Hot,  an immersive installation celebrating the historic Albuquerque Barelas Neighborhood and New Mexican history, born from the creative collaboration between Working Classroom and artist, Justin Favela.

For the past decade, Favela’s artistic journey has revolved around delving into the rich tapestry of Latinx culture and its profound influence on our contemporary society, especially through cherished culinary heritage. At the heart of Favela’s artistic exploration lies the profound connection between authenticity, place, and identity, beautifully expressed through the time-honored tradition of cartoneria.

While leading an exceptional two-week workshop at Working Classroom, Favela’s vision is to empower students to embark on a journey of research, discovering the local delicacies, restaurants, and the treasured family recipes that carry profound narratives. This exceptional workshop is dedicated to the vibrant Barelas neighborhood and the abundant history of New Mexico. 

Throughout the engaging two weeks, Favela will impart the art of cartoneria to the students, guiding them in mastering techniques such as crafting cardboard structures, employing paper mache, and creating stunning piñatas alongside other mesmerizing paper artistry. Together, they will breathe life into colossal representations of significant New Mexican dishes, making them awe-inspiring focal points of an immersive installation that will be on view at Sanitary Tortilla Factory. 

Join us Friday, August 4 from 5-8 pm for the opening reception of Sandia Hot, a celebration of community, culture, and artistic expression, as we come together to honor the spirit of Barelas neighborhood and the enduring essence of New Mexican history through the magical medium of cartoneria.

Artist Bio:

Justin Favela is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is known for large-scale installations and sculptures that manifest his interactions with American pop culture and the Latinx experience. Favela has exhibited his work both internationally and across the United States. His installations have been commissioned by museums including the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Arkansas. He is the recipient of the 2018 Alan Turing LGTBIQ Award for International Artist. Favela hosts two culture-oriented podcasts, Latinos Who Lunch and The Art People Podcast. He holds a BFA in fine art from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.


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Tommy Bruce, Tony opening wide, 2021, Acrylic on wood panel with drilled hole, 24×36″

Tommy Bruce and Mark Zubrovich
July 7 – 28, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, July 7 from 5-8 pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present WILD DESIRE,  an exhibition of new painted works by artists Tommy Bruce and Mark Zubrovich. This show represents a collaboration years in the making. Both are artists concerned with queer identity and its manifestation within imagined bodies. Both artists pull directly from their experiences within the furry subculture, where these imagined bodies spring to life in drawing, costume, and roleplay. This exhibition explores the unique lens that such a perspective lends to concepts of desire, the self, and the fantastical other. 

Bruce’s work, from the series “The Tiger in Me” responds to a mid 2010’s twitter feud between the official Kellogg’s cereal brand account @realtonytiger and the Furry twitter community at large. These works imagine a loving/lusting relationship between Tony the Tiger and Bruce’s fursona, Atmus, a white-tailed deer. Bruce considers this fantasy as a logical conclusion to the intensifying relationship between corporate brands and personal identity, as if to say “You want me to love your brand? Okay, let me show you how much I love it.”

Zubrovich’s work is a dive into new modes of self portraiture, spurred on by the artist’s body trauma after having their sense of smell damaged by COVID. Zubrovich’s new works explore the genesis and growth of Bruce the mutt, the artist’s shapeshifting hyper sensory dog fursona. When Mark cannot be human, Bruce lets him be doggie (or dog dressed as possum, or sentient pool toy, ect). Where Mark cannot sniff, Bruce does the sniffing for them.

Artists Bios:

Tommy Bruce (he/him)  is an artist and photographer who has been making work with the Furry community for more than a decade. He received his MFA from UNM in 2020 and his BFA from MICA in 2014. He was named one of “12 New Mexico Artists to know” in 2021. He is currently based in Albuquerque, New Mexico but will be relocating to Portland, Oregon later this summer.

Mark Zubrovich (he/they) is a Brooklyn, New York based painter born on Long Island. They received their BFA from SUNY Purchase School of Art and Design in 2015, and have been making work about anthropomorphic dogs ever since. He has shown recently with Richard Heller Gallery, 1969 Gallery, and Moosey Art, and was most recently Artist In Residence at the Liquitex painting studios in New Jersey.

Old Art for New Parts

Russell Arthur Bauer, NO MAD at Freeport Beach, TX. Courtesy of the artist.

Old Art for New Parts
Russell Arthur Bauer
June 2- 30, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday,  June 2 from 5-8 pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present Old Art for New Parts by Russell Arthur Bauer. Between the completion of his undergraduate studies and his graduate studies, Russell created an extensive body of work.  Paintings from this body will be displayed, along with three Edible Carnival sculptures, Rotisserie Rickshaw, Space Harvest, and GNO MAD. Make an offer on any piece of Old Arts to support the acquisition of New Parts bringing the touring rig out of the conceptual domain and into this one.

The Edible Carnival is an ongoing sculptural research project in the form of a traveling farm comprised of surreal and spectacular implements of agriculture, food handling, and food distribution. The EC is an exploration of new and old technologies, performed and explained for a wide audience. is a database where technical information for each element of the EC is available to anyone with internet access, where upcoming events will be posted, and a place where reflections on past events will be posted. The EC is a celebration of technological possibilities as they relate to the requirements of the living thing and the human spirit.  The next logical step in the Evolution of Edible Carnival is a touring rig that can transport sculptures in the collection as they circumnavigate North America.

Artist Bio: 

Russell Arthur Bauer creates kinetic, performative, and allegorical sculptures by applying his knowledge of construction, electronics, and living systems. When the works hang from the wall, he considers them paintings. As much work as possible is released into the public domain. Major ongoing projects include the Edible Carnival and the United States Chapter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Technology and Infrastructure Bauer lives and works in New Mexico. In 2015 He received his MFA from the University of New Mexico in the Art & Ecology program, and his BFA from Michigan State University in 2007.

Connective Tissue: Environment, Ecology, Body

Brianna Tadeo, Rose, 2022, chromogenic print, 11” x 20”

Connective Tissue: Environment, Ecology, Body
2023 UNM Graduate Arts Association Juried Show
May 5-26, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, May 5 from 5-8 pm

Artists: Alyssa Eble, Ele Edreva, Taylor Engel, Chloe Hanken, claudia hermano, Jess Lantham, Carla Lopez, Ellan Luna, Sofia Mendez Subieta, Emma Ressel, Anna Rotty, Christopher Schuldt, Adelaide Theriault, Brianna Tadeo, Nancy Dewhurst, Andrew Swenson, Billy Von Raven, Nicholas Valdes

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present the 2023 UNM Graduate Arts Association Juried Show:  Connective Tissue: Environment, Ecology, Body featuring a selection of work by artists currently in the Art Studio MFA Program at the University of New Mexico. The exhibition was juried by Christian Waguespack, the Head of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of 20th Century Art at the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM. A day spent visiting grad students in their studios is like an engaging tarot spread. Each individual artist presents as a card embodying its own distinctive archetype, with its own messages, visions, and portents. When they come together as a whole, a path is laid for those who know how to read the signs. One can get a look at what potential futures may be on the horizon for the arts. A cohort of grad students is a cabal of creative individuals, and entry into their circles reveals the ideas and interests that will guide the tides of thought and values on the rise in a given community of artists.

I came into this project with no preconceived notions of what themes, styles, or personal passions should guide the thesis of the exhibition. The challenge was to distill the major cords of interests that connect the distinct visions of the artists involved, and to orchestrate those individual interests into a cohesive whole. The interconnectedness of art, the ecology, and the body, and an expression of values through dialogue with environment quickly showed itself to be a powerful undercurrent in the UNM Art Studio department. Connective Tissues highlights the ideas that connect, support, and bind this network of grad students as a body of creative and artistic thought and practice. 

The Graduate Art Association at the University of New Mexico is a student-run group that organizes events to foster connection within the university and with the larger community. The GAA juried show is an annual event that features work from current graduate studio majors. This year GAA has been honored to work with Christian Waguespack as our guest juror to select the individual works, meet with students and create a vision for this show. This year’s show was organized by GAA members claudia hermano, Adelaide Theriault, Chloe Hanken, and Christopher Schuldt.

Juror Bio:

Christian Waguespack is Head of Curatorial Affairs at the New Mexico Museum of Art and has served as Curator of 20th Century Art at there since 2017 where he has organized over a dozen exhibitions and conducts research on the Museum’s collection focusing on modern art, and art of the American Southwest. He is also adjunct faculty in the Department of Museum Studies and Arts Leadership +  Business graduate and undergraduate programs.

Before coming to the New Mexico Museum of Art he curated exhibitions for the University of New Mexico Art Museum and the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque and the Center for Creative Photography, Phoenix Art Museum, and the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona. He has also worked with a number of private and nonprofit galleries in New Mexico and Arizona, and worked in nonprofit fundraising and development.

Mr. Waguespack holds Master’s degrees in Museum Studies and in Art History with a graduate minor in Arts Leadership + Business and a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of New Mexico.

Border Bodies: A Visual Pop-UP

Border Bodies: A Visual Pop-UP
Dr. Bernadine Hernández
April 29-30, 2023
Reading: April 29, 6pm
Reception: April 29, 5-8pm

Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present Border Bodies: A Visual Pop-Up. The exhibition is a visual companion to the 2022 book Border Bodies: Sexual Capital, Racialized Sexuality, and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century Borderlands by Dr. Bernadine Hernández. This visual companion mixes narrative, storytelling, words, multi-media video, photography, maps, drawing, and installation and expands on the questions that Border Bodies asks about how brown bodies are used for capital gain in the development of the contemporary U.S. nation state. The installation asks: how does the borderlands pay for adhering to the increasingly demanding logic of capitalism? How do brown women embody the histories of colonialism, enslavement, migration, and displacement/ dispossession? Most importantly, it asks, how can we create trans-feminist connections to keep brown feminine bodies safe? In thinking about these questions in the book, Border Bodies: A Visual Pop-Up attempts to create a narrative around the brown feminine body, capital, sex, violence, and labor that de-centers the pathology of sexual excess that centers on the brown feminine body. 

Border Bodies: Sexual Capital, Racialized Sexuality, and Violence in the Nineteenth-Century Borderlands book blurb 

In this study of sex, gender, sexual violence, and power along the border, Bernadine Marie Hernández brings to light under-heard stories of women who lived in a critical era of American history. Elaborating on the concept of sexual capital, she uses little-known newspapers and periodicals, letters, testimonios, court cases, short stories, and photographs to reveal how sex, violence, and capital conspired to govern not only women’s bodies but their role in the changing American Southwest. Hernández focuses on a time when the borderlands saw a rapid influx of white settlers who encountered elite landholding Californios, Hispanos, and Tejanos. Sex was inseparable from power in the borderlands, and women were integral to the stabilization of that power.

In drawing these stories from the archive, Hernández illuminates contemporary ideas of sexuality through the lens of the borderland’s history of expansionist, violent, and gendered conquest. By extension, Hernández argues that Mexicana, Nuevomexicana, Californiana, and Tejana women were key actors in the formation of the western United States, even as they are too often erased from the region’s story.


Dr. Bernadine Hernández is an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of New Mexico. She specializes in transnational feminism and sexual economies of the US-Mexico borderlands, along with American Literary Studies and Empire, border and migration history, and Chicana/Latina Literature and Sexualities. Her book with UNC press is titled Border Bodies: Racialized Sexuality, Sexual Capital, and Violence in the Nineteenth Century Borderlands and is the first book length study that focuses on sexual capital and gender and sexual violence in the borderlands in the nineteenth and early twentieth-centuries through recovered archival work. She is also the co-editor of the first edited collection on Ana Castillo titled New Transnational Chicanx Perspectives on Ana Castillo, published with University of Pittsburg Press in Spring 2021. Her other publications appear in Comparative Literature and Culture, Transgender Studies Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, among others.

She is also a public facing scholar and works with the artist and writer collective fronteristxs, a collective of artists and writers in New Mexico working to end migrant detention and abolish the prison industrial complex through creative activism. Fronteristxs provides free political education for community and youth throughout New Mexico on transformative justice and abolition. She sits on the City of Albuquerque Public Arts Board and the Working Classroom Board.