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Seeing Ourselves in the NMMA



I created this collection with an eye to the space between the art and the public. How does the museum represent itself to its various audiences? More importantly, how are those various audiences represented in the museum? The New Mexico Museum of Art serves a range of visitors as diverse as the state itself — old and young; Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo; working class and wealthy; lifelong residents and newcomers; all with a variety of aesthetic preferences and lived experiences. The NMMA in general, and this collection specifically, aims to reflect this multiplicity of cultures, peoples, landscapes, and histories. Visitors see themselves in the pieces, both in the images and in the artists who create them. This artistic representation is crucial to an inclusive, thriving museum and community.