New Mexicans to Know: Local artist Sheri Crider uses her creativity to transform lives
Albuquerque Business First
After spending her early years struggling with homelessness, incarceration and addiction, a local artist is now using her creativity as a means to transform the lives of others in her community.
Albuquerque Exhibition One Day Closer to Home to Showcase Projects by Incarcerated Youth
As part of her year-long residency with Artists At Work, the New Mexico-based artist and musician Amanda Dannáe Romero has worked with incarcerated youth to enrich the arts education of the Gordon Bernell Charter School in Albuquerque, a school that serves students at the Metropolitan Detention Center. The project culminates with an upcoming exhibition titled One Day Closer to Home that’s on view February 2–23, 2024, at Sanitary Tortilla Factory in downtown Albuquerque, a nonprofit working to support civic-minded projects. The show spans drawings, portraits, music, zines, and other works that explore the meaning of “home” and the impact of the carceral state on affected kids.
The Art World Isn’t Enough
Albuquerque-based artist sheri crider pursues answers to this question by tapping into art’s transformative power. Having grown tired of empty promises from local and federal government officials when it comes to critical issues, such as criminal justice reform, she situates her interactive sculpture, painting, and collaborative projects in prison cells, classrooms, courtrooms, and, yes, even galleries.
Superfoods: Justin Favela and Working Classroom Celebrate New Mexico’s Culinary Heritage
Born of creative collaboration between Latinx-American artist Justin Favela and Working Classroom students, the immersive exhibition centers the beholder amid a gigantic piñata burrito, quesadilla and tamal, an enormous pinto bean, massive pork chops, and a gargantuan bowl of green chile stew. Among the savory, mammoth bizcochitos, a giant sopaipilla, and a similarly outsized honey bear rep sweetness.
Meggan Gould: Happy Time, Doomsday Time Pictures an Acute Contemporary Moment
Meggan Gould’s photography takes time—as subject, concept, medium, and process, simultaneously. And her exhibition Happy Time, Doomsday Time at Sanitary Tortilla Factory in Albuquerque—which opened on the crux of daylight savings’ end, with many of us excruciatingly aware of the clock—takes time as image, picturing an acute contemporary moment.
Esther Elia’s Diasporic Deities Summons the Divine to Downtown Albuquerque
Esther Elia’s work asks us to consider our notions of safety and—as is written in the interpretive sign that welcomes viewers to her solo show Alaha d’Galoota or Diasporic Deities—to remember the moments when we have felt most strong. In exploring safety and strength, Elia has created it—a sanctuary in downtown Albuquerque at Sanitary Tortilla Factory. As the gallery’s large metal doors swing shut and the outside world is hushed, we enter a temple occupied by bodybuilders and shadows, a pantheon of old goddesses revived for a new world.
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