Wednesday, June 29, 2016

La Era Atómica

BY SAMANTHA ANNE CARRILLO Conceptualized and founded by Malinda and Mathew Galindo, the tri-annual “pop-up” community art program Atomic Culture will curate a free cultural event every four months in New Mexico. The inaugural Atomic Culture event, Turn On and Take Cover, goes down on Saturday, July 2, from 4-9 p.m. at Halagueno Arts Park in Carlsbad. Artwork in various media by Claudia X. Valdez, Nani Chacon, Joel-Peter Witkin, Scott Williams and Chico MacMurtrie will be on display. This exhibition-cum-performance fest features sets by Albuquerque acts Death Convention Singers and Chicharra and Paseño bands Miijas and Sleepercar. As Atomic Culture’s mission statement reveals, the program aims to engage all generations within the community at events geared toward “long-term growth of artistic enablement, understanding and inclusion.” The goal is to encourage active participation and bring awareness to “indigenous cultures dominant in the area [and] a broader spectrum of art-based activity.” To learn more about Atomic Culture’s mission, fundraising efforts or inaugural event, visit: Atomic Culture: Turn On and Take Cover  July 2, 4-9 p.m., FREE Halagueno Arts Park, 101 S. Halagueno Street, Carlsbad, N.M.

Featured image: “For the Future, With Love,” front of flag, 2015 / Credit: Claudia X. Valdez

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