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CYBER ARTE : Where Tradition Meets Technology

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Our Lady by Alma       López
Alma Lopez, Our Lady

Heaven by Alma       López
Alma Lopez, Heaven

Oratorio a la Virgencita (Prayer to the Virgen) by Marion       Martí­nez
Marion Martínez, Oratorio a la Virgencita

Compassionate Mother by Marion       Martí­nez
Marion Martínez, Compassionate Mother

Compassionate Mother by Marion       Martí­nez
Museum of International Folk Art,
Feb 01, 2001 - Feb 01, 2002
Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Exhibition Press Release

Cyber Arte opens in the Contemporary Changing Gallery, a component of the Hispanic Heritage Wing at the Museum of International Folk Art on February 25, 2001, and closes February 2002. Focusing on computer-inspired art by Hispana, Latina and Chicana artists who combine "folk" elements with state-of-the art technology to create a new aesthetic for the 21st century, the exhibition promises to be a virtual extravaganza highlighting this recent movement in contemporary art.

Dr. Tey Marianna Nunn, curator of Contemporary Hispano and Latino Collections at Museum of International Folk Art is constantly looking for ways to break down stereotypes and collapse categories as they pertain to Latino and Hispano arts and artists. With the beginning of the new millennium, Dr. Nunn was determined to create an exhibition to inspire museum visitors and contemporary artists to investigate what computers and the Internet have to offer. With this exhibition, la red (the web), los emilios (e-mails) and ciber espacio (cyber space) will never be the same.

"The central purpose of Cyber Arte is to exhibit the work of the featured artists and to showcase the manner in which they translate and recast their deeply-rooted cultural beliefs, images and history by utilizing computers to create a new type of visual art," says Dr. Nunn. "We hope this exhibition will encourage visitors to explore the infinite artistic and cultural possibilities of computers and the World Wide Web."

Cyber Arte will be supplemented through educational programming that will target students and communities in and around Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Artists in the exhibition, as well as other Hispanic and Latino artists working with computers will be hired to teach workshops on the "Information Highway" for typically underserved and underrepresented populations.

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