About the Alcove Shows

When the New Mexico Museum of Art was established in 1917, our building and its Pueblo Revival style of architecture were designed by I. H. and William M. Rapp to celebrate the historic qualities unique to our state. The institution itself was created to exhibit artwork contemporary to its time. Many of the artworks and artists who exhibited at that time now form the historic core of our permanent collection.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of New Mexico's statehood, and in anticipation of the New Mexico Museum of Art's centennial, we presented a year-long cycle of alcove exhibitions. The format of these Alcove Shows can be traced back to the 1917 founding of the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico. Small one-person exhibitions were held in the gallery alcoves through the 1950s, resuming in the mid-1980s and again in the early 1990s. Alcove 12.0 continues this tradition with a series of nine exhibitions featuring the work of 45 New Mexico artists.

Curated by New Mexico Museum of Art curator of special projects, Merry Scully, Alcove 12.0 included the work of 45 artists from across the state of New Mexico. Five new artists were exhibited every five weeks from March 2012 through April 2013 in the bays of our historic building. These artist-centered showcases feature new ideas, artists at all stages of their careers and artwork that is being made by artists from across New Mexico at this time.