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Opening Reception: Cryin' Out Loud and LENSCRATCH States Project

Opening Reception: Cryin' Out Loud and LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico

Friday, April 21 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery and spector ripps project space // 6-8pm // Free

Celebrate the opening of Cryin' Out Loud and LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico with food, drinks, and a special performance by Vanessa Dion Fletcher, an artist from the Cryin' Out Loud exhibition.

The LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico is a group exhibition of seven New Mexico-based photographers. The LENSCRATCH project was originally a web-based project founded by Aline Smithson that highlighted seven artists from each U.S. State every week. Jennifer Schlesinger was selected to curate the New Mexico portion, which is now culminating in the form of a physical exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.

Cryin’ Out Loud is a juried exhibition that examines the role of women’s and femmes’ voices as expressed in art about politics, activism, and emotion. Considering both the metaphoric and literal voice, Cryin’ Out Loud explores and celebrates the use of art as a form of speaking up and out. A large group exhibition of works by selected artists will take place in CCA's Muñoz Waxman Main Gallery.

About the performance artist: Vanessa Dion Fletcher employs porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual blood to reveal the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. With a lack of access to her indigenous languages (Potawatomi and Lenape) and as a person living with a learning disability; Dion Fletcher sometimes finds power in silence.