A Lucky Escape: The Wild World of William Goodman

Second Saturday, June 12, 2021

Opening Reception with the artist, 11a.m. - 2p.m.
Family Activity, 10a.m. - 1 p.m.


A Lucky Escape: The Wild World of William Goodman, a retrospective exhibition, will open in the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s Hunter Gallery in conjunction with RMAC Second Saturday, June 12. 

In 1971, William Goodman completed a 30-foot mural titled Oddy Knocky, which is now one of the most beloved paintings in the collection of the Roswell Museum and Art Center. To celebrate the fiftieth birthday of this extraordinary work, RMAC is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition showcasing more than five decades of wild and wonderful art by William Goodman.

Goodman is not just a painter. He’s also a sculptor, printmaker, inventor, and toymaker. However, whether he’s making a musical instrument, an intricate drawing, or an eighteen-foot tall abstract steel sculpture, his vision has remained steady over the course of his career. Some motifs turn up again and again: striped leaves and vines, a flat iron, Albrecht Dürer’s rhinoceros, Navy men, and a single five-pointed star, among others. These elements don’t generally appear in his non-representational sculptures, but they are as complex, fantastic, and organic as his drawings or prints. 

Born in Wimbledon, England in 1937, William Goodman had a structured but aimless childhood, eventually coming to serve in the Royal Navy. He immigrated to the United States in 1959. His chance discovery of the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) nudged him onto the path he was to follow for the rest of his career. A teaching opportunity in Albuquerque then brought Goodman to New Mexico, and the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program lured him further south in the state. He now lives and works in Tinnie, NM.

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TOP: William Goodman, Xanadu, 1969, oil on linen, Courtesy of the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art.  | BOTTOM: Discovery and Annexation, ink on paper.

While new admission fees went into effect for the Roswell Museum and Art Center on January 1st, part of the new fee structure includes a monthly free day for Roswell residents on the second Saturday of every month. The Museum will also offer a free family activity as a part of Second Saturday. To celebrate the opening of A Lucky Escape: The Wild World of William Goodman, families will make their own abstract sculptures in the courtyard from 10 am to 1 pm. Visit with the artist from 11 am to 2 pm, enjoy the galleries and shop the Museum store.  Light refreshments provided. Summer family Explore & More activities are supported by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the RMAC Foundation.