Fatman with Edith,

Santa Fe, New Mexico – July 21, 2023

The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is pleased to invite the public to its galleries to view photoworks from Meridel Rubenstein’s Critical Mass between July 25 and August 16 in association with CCA’s 35mm debut of Christopher Nolan’s hit film, Oppenheimer. This exhibition signals CCA’s renewed commitment to visual arts programming and collaborations with Chatter.

Critical Mass is a major, poetic, thought-provoking multi-media artwork that examines the impact that the weapon developed by the Manhattan Project had upon the scientists who created it, the nearby community of San Ildefonso Pueblo, and the global community. 

Rubenstein, a Santa Fe artist, created Critical Mass between 1989 and 1993 with her collaborators, Ellen Zweig and Steina and Woody Vasulka – a critically acclaimed exhibition that toured the United States. CCA’s current exhibition of Critical Mass will be the first time in decades that the majority of this extraordinary work will be on public view. Read more about Critical Mass and Meridel Rubinstein here.

Critical Mass is being shown in two locations on the CCA campus – in the Cinema Gallery through the main door to the cinema box office and in the large Munoz/Waxman Gallery where Chatter performs its weekly concerts.

Cinema Gallery Hours (just beyond the cinema box office)

July 23 – August 16

Monday & Tuesday10:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday through Sunday10:00am – 10:00pm

Munoz/Waxman Gallery Hours (next to Cinema, enter down the ramp via garage doors)

Week of July 24-30

Tuesday, July 259:00am – 11:00am
Wednesday, July 2611:30am – 1:30pm
Thursday, July 2711:30am – 2:30pm
Friday, July 2811:30am – 6:30pm
Saturday, July 291:30pm – 5:00pm
5:00pm – 6:30pm*
Sunday, July 3010:00am – 3:00pm
*Reception for Meridel Rubenstein followed by Oppenheimer screening at 7pm

Week of July 31 – August 6

Monday, July 3111:30am – 6:30pm
Wednesday, August 210:00am – 1:30pm
Thursday, August 310:00am – 2:00pm
Friday, August 410:00am – 2:00pm
Saturday, August 51:30pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, August 611:30am – 6:30pm*
*2pm walk-through of exhibition with artist Meridel Rubenstein; starts in Munoz/Waxman Gallery

Week of August 7 – 13

Monday, August 711:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 811:30am – 6:30pm***
Wednesday, August 911:30am – 3:00pm
Thursday, August 1011:30am – 6:30pm
Friday, August 1111:30am – 2:00pm
Sunday, August 1311:30pm – 5:00pm
***5pm-7pm roundtable discussion with Meridel Rubenstein and guests (pay what you can)

Week of August 14 – 16

Monday, August 1411:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday, August 1511:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1611:30am – 5:00pm

Download the schedule here.


CCA is grateful to Meridel Rubenstein and Turner Carroll Gallery, the TIA Collection, and Tony Zancanella of Chatter for allowing CCA to present this extraordinary work in the Munoz/Waxman Gallery.

The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) is located at 1050 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, New Mexico.