Mary Gabriel on Madonna
Sunday, November 5, 2023
Now for something different at The Wright. In Madonna: A Rebel Life, the author of the acclaimed and compulsively readable Ninth Street Women, about the painters of the Abstract Expressionist generation, turns her reporter’s eye on one of the greatest megastars of the last four decades. I was curious to know why a cultural journalist would spend four years writing about a pop phenomenon, but after reading the 800-page biography I can well understand the fascination. Madonna was (and is) more than an outsized talent, she is an activist who has had a very real impact on attitudes toward sexuality and a pioneer in launching musical spectacles that are, for better or for worse, a permanent part of the media landscape.
Isabelle Plat and Michelle Cooke in Conversation
Saturday, June 24, 2023
Isabelle Plat, who divides her time between Paris and New York, will talk with Wright curator Michelle Cooke about her long career in Europe, the inspirations behind her unusual portraiture, and the difficulties of working as a contemporary installation artist. Because of the nature of this show, space is extremely limited, but we will accommodate as many as we can, so please RSVP soon!
Encaustic Artists in New Mexico
Sunday, May 14th, 2023
In tandem with “The Art of Encaustic: Koment and Roland,” we are sponsoring a panel about the pleasures and pitfalls of working in this seductive medium. Paula Roland, Ellen Koment, and Raphaelle Goethels are all well-known New Mexico artists working with the medium of encaustic (pigmented wax). Each has found a unique approach to the process and exhibits nationally. They will discuss the history of this age-old painting technique and their experiences in finding a genuine and distinct voice.
Amy Cowart: Organizing Your Archive
Saturday, March 25, 2023
A professional archivist and consultant to artists from New York to Seattle, Amy Cowart will talk about her systems for documenting and organizing your work, so that your focus can remain in the studio. Amy begins by establishing a comprehensive, cloud-based, archive of artwork to help organize, centralize, and preserve the artist’s life and work. She also consults as a strategic partner to streamline and manage the business aspects of an artist’s studio. Cowart holds a degree in printmaking from Baylor University and an M.A. in art history, criticism, and conservation from the University of New Mexico.
A Celebration for J.S. Bach’s Birthday
Sunday March 19, 2023
Back by popular demand, Ken Boiarsky will be offering a lecture/concert in honor of Bach’s birthday (March 21, 1685). Ken, who is both a lawyer and a virtuoso at the electronic keyboard, will offer selected works and include a discussion of the last piece by the maestro, which he wrote on his deathbed (Contrapunctus XVIII of Die Kunst der Fuge). Expect an hour of sheer delight.