The DowntownABQ MainStreet Initiative, which is run by the Downtown Action Team, is pleased to announce new tART programming coming in Spring 2014. Featured will be ‘Show Up Show Down’, which stages world-changing art through visiting artist presentations, brief photography exhibitions, and an ever-growing publicly-accessible archive. It features exceptional artists who use the built environment – everything from houses to freeways to nature preserves, along with the manmade systems that created them – to impact contemporary life in a variety of beneficial ways. Show Up Show Down will be in the pop-up shop, at 105 Gold Ave SW, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Gallery open hours: Monday – Friday, 6:00 – 8:00pm; Saturdays and Sundays by appointment only. For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 575-737-8261. The Speaker Series features:
• March 7 – 13: Kim Stringfellow
Exhibition opening and public reception Friday, March 7, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with artist talk 6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Project on display: There It Is—Take It! Owens Valley and the Los Angeles Aqueduct, 1913 – 2013
Description: There It Is—Take It! is a self-guided car audio tour through Owens Valley, California, along U.S. Route 395 examining the controversial social, political, and environmental history of the Los Angeles Aqueduct system. Designed as a free, 90-minute-long downloadable audio program, There It Is—Take It! seeks to shed light on the mutual past, present, and possible future of Los Angeles and Owens Valley – centered around its complicated and intertwined water history.
• March 14 – 20: Kate Daughdrill and Mira Burack
Exhibition opening and public reception Friday, March 14, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with artist talk 6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Project on display: Edible Hut
Description: The Edible Hut is a community gathering space and living sculpture in a public park in the Osborn neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. It is a collaboration between residents, organizations, artists, and schools that enlivens conversations about care, health, and well-being in Detroit.
• March 21 – 27: Signal Fire (Ryan Pierce + Amy Harwood)
Exhibition opening and public reception Friday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with artist talk 6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Project on display: Signal Fire
Description: Signal Fire provides opportunities for artists and activists to engage in the natural world through projects that instill self-reliance, catalyze creative energy, and invite interdisciplinary collaboration. Signal Fire utilizes public lands to advocate for the access to – and protection of – remaining wild and open places in order to enrich and sustain society.
• March 28 – April 4: Matthew Mazzotta
Exhibition opening and public reception March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. with artist talk 6:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Project on display: Open House
Description: What happens when an artist is invited to use the resources of a small town to help transform its identity? Artist Matthew Mazzotta, the Coleman Center for the Arts, and the people of York, Alabama, have teamed up to transform one of York’s most iconic blighted properties into a new public space. Open House is a house with a secret: it physically transforms from the shape of a house into an open-air theater by having its walls and roof fold down, and it seats one hundred people.