A Fiery Light: Will Shuster’s New Mexico
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About the Event
Shuster and Mruk painted by the light of lamps. Shuster wanted to capture the geology of the caverns in a vibrant, technicolor fashion.
When the New Mexico Museum of Art (MOA) displayed the Carlsbad paintings in 1925, a reviewer called them the “most extraordinary paintings shown here in a decade.” Shuster and Mruk’s were among the earliest artistic renderings of Carlsbad Caverns, the beauty and majesty of which has continued to enchant generations.
“A Fiery Light: Will Shuster’s New Mexico,” currently on exhibit at the museum through July 25, 2021, includes works from artist’s time at Carlsbad Caverns. The exhibition also explores the legacy he developed in Santa Fe and elsewhere in New Mexico, emphasizing the artistic relationships he forged throughout the state.
To give visitors a deeper look at the exhibition, MOA will host a livestream talk via Zoom, featuring curator, artist, and caver Lois Manno at 6 p.m. MDT on April 1, 2021. The author of “Visions Underground: Carlsbad Caverns through the Artist’s Eye,” Manno will explore the long history of artists working at Carlsbad Caverns, including Shuster. Christian Waguespack, curator of “A Fiery Light,” will also be in attendance to add his expertise to the discussion.
Viewers will also be treated to some of the current artistic and conservation work going on at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. A long-time volunteer with Carlsbad Caverns, Manno is a Fellow of the Cave Research Foundation, a Fellow of the National Speleological Society, and a founding member of the Society’s Fine Arts Salon. She has also served as the Director for the Cavern Arts Project with Carlsbad Caverns National Park.
The talk will also be available to stream live on MOA’s YouTube.
Date: April 1, 2021 Time: 6 p.m. MDT
Registration Link: https://nmculture-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_N7m8d5xYTY6ouVdWnAOE_A