Whether we’re taking a road trip, commuting to work, riding the bus, or jogging through the neighborhood, motion and transition define much of our lives. Here at the Roswell Museum and Art Center, we’re also in a state of motion, not only physically through the changing of exhibitions, but also intellectually as we offer new programs and classes that better suit the needs of our public.
In celebration of our forward momentum, In Transit takes a fun look at the idea of movement, transportation, and overall change. Drawn from the permanent collection, this show presents the idea of transit in a variety of forms, from physical transportation to spiritual enlightenment. Some works, such as the replica wagons, reference the western migrations of the nineteenth century across the United States, as people sought out new opportunities in the American Southwest. Other works evoke a more internal, intellectual kind of movement, with knowledge and spiritual awareness becoming the means to moving into a different plane of being. What all of these works share is a sense of transition, and we invite you to enjoy the spirit of change.
For Qwist Joseph, his thought process travels through object creation, collection and composition, working intuitively to reveal the poetic nature of how something transitions from an idea to the physical world. He then freezes these ephemeral moments in permanent materials like ceramic and bronze to create a tension between the past, present and future. This record sheds light on the effects of life, encouraging vulnerability and self-reflection.
For centuries, still life painting has been an important artistic genre. More than a depiction of objects, artists have used this subject to discuss broader themes of mortality, wealth, cultural exchange, and other ideas. In New Mexico in particular, still life has been used as a means to explore this state’s rich and complex multicultural heritage, with artists painting santos, blankets and other objects that highlight Spanish and Native American influences. Read more
In Love Letters to the Poorly Regarded, Joshua Hagler presents a group of new paintings, each addressed to specific individuals such as Tonya Harding, Zachary and Nicholas Cruz (Parkland school shooter and his brother), and even his own great great grandfather Arastas. Read more
This exhibit showcases prints and paintings by innovative Carlsbad artist Roderick Mead (19001-1971), a recent bequest from the Marilyn T. Joyce Trust. Originally from New Jersey, Mead reached his artistic maturity in 1930s Paris while working at avant-garde printmaking workshop Atelier 17. After returning to the United States in 1939, Mead eventually settled with his family in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he continued to produce paintings and prints. RMAC is excited to have this generous bequest from the Marilyn T. Joyce Trust, and is eager to share it with visitors. Read more