Andrew Connors

Japanese Art Deco and the Global Aesthetic

Andrew Connors, Curator of Art, Albuquerque Museum
May 10, 2015 (Sun), 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History

Are you looking for an unconventional way to celebrate Mother’s Day? Come to the Albuquerque Museum to enjoy an afternoon of art and music.  Andrew Connors, the Curator of Art and a brilliant speaker, will take you on a unique tour of Japanese Art Deco, accompanied by vintage recordings of Japanese jazz and big-band music. He will explore a variety of exquisite artworks that convey the complex social and cultural tensions in Japan during the Taisho and early Showa periods (1912-1945). During this period, artists and their patrons created a Japanese design style that signaled both the nation’s unique history and its global awareness.  Japanese design will be compared with the international Art Deco style which influenced architecture, interior and industrial design, fashion and jewelry as well as the visual arts.

Special Price for Moms: $10

Andrew Connors is Curator of Art at the Albuquerque Museum. He studied Art History and Architecture at Yale University and pursued his PhD in Folklore and American Studies at George Washington University.  He served as Chair of the Visual Arts Department at Albuquerque Academy (2006-09), as Senior Curator at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque (1999-2006), and as Associate Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (1984-1999) where he developed collections and exhibitions on Hispanic, Latino, Native American, and Folk Art.  He has curated dozens of exhibitions in the areas of United States Latino Art, Colonial Art from Puerto Rico, Contemporary art, Graffiti, and others, and is currently working on an exhibition on the history of jewelry in New Mexico.  As a lecturer, guest teacher, or consultant, he has worked with numerous organizations including the National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Office of Folklife Programs, Institute for Latino Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Chicano Studies Department at the University of California Los Angeles, Getty Center for Education in the Arts, and the Royal Government of Bhutan.

Supported by New Mexico Humanities Council and Sandia National Labs