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Temporary Exhibits

Drowned River: The Death and Rebirth of Glen Canyon on the Colorado

End Date: Saturday, June 29, 2019

image from the book, Drowned River: The Death and Rebirth of Glen Canyon on the Colorado

Detail of Still Water in Side Canyon, lake Powell, 2012

In the early 1960s, photographer Eliot Porter photographed Glen Canyon, a stunning landscape slated to be submerged under the waters of the Colorado River with the construction of the Glen Canyon dam. The Sierra Club published a book of the images in mid-1963, called The Place No One Knew, in an attempt to halt the proposed dam. The effort failed, and Lake Powell was created, becoming a bustling recreation area atop the majestic canyonlands.

 

In their most recent project together, Mark Klett, Byron Wolfe and Rebecca Solnit engaged with Porter’s published work to make a vital statement about climate change. Years of exploration of Lake Powell, making pictures, studying Porter, and learning about the history and future of Glen Canyon produced a body of work in which Solnit’s sparse and effective text is interwoven with Klett and Wolfe’s impressionistic images.

 

 

Drowned River: The Death and Rebirth of Glen Canyon on the Colorado, documents both the devastation of the dam project, as well as the unanticipated resilience of the Colorado River.

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The First World War

End Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Servando Gonzales and fellow musicians, ca. 1919.

 

 Servando Gonzales (left) and fellow musicians, ca. 1919. Private Gonzales of Tijeras played the violin in his division, the 19th Infantry, Company E. Photo Courtesy of the New Mexico State Records Center and Archives.

New Mexico achieved Statehood just two years before the Great War, World War I, broke out in Europe in 1914.  The global conflict ended with the signing of the armistice on November 11, 1918.

 

This year, with the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice, the New Mexico History Museum opened a permanent exhibition entitled The First World War, guest curated by Devorah Romanek, Curator of Exhibits at the Maxwell, featuring the stories, images and letters home from New Mexicans who served. The Maxwell Museum hosts an abbreviated version of this exhibition.

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Intertwined: The Mexican Wolf, the People and the Land

End Date: Saturday, July 27, 2019

Mexican wolf image by Jenna Miller/Cronkite News 2018

A Mexican Wolf that has just been collared for purposes of tracking, Arizona, February 2018.  Image: Jenna Miller/Cronkite News

Perhaps no other animal in North America has been as controversial as the gray wolf, which once numbered in the millions on this continent. Massive reductions of wolf populations began with the arrival of European settlers. Today, wolves continue to be central in debates about the American ecosystem. Preservationists and environmentalists usually argue for their protection and renewal, while ranchers and their advocates often argue for reduction if not their elimination. The exhibition investigates the biology and history of the Mexican Wolf, focusing on the human/wolf relationship.

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