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Critical Mass

July 27, 2023 @ 11:30 am

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 is be the first time in decades that the majority of this extraordinary work is 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.

Admission: Free

Cinema Gallery Hours (just beyond the cinema box office)

Monday & Tuesday – 10am to 5pm

Wednesday through Sunday – 10am to 10pm

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

Gallery hours vary; view the hours here, check out CCA’s daily calendar, or download the schedule below.

Special events related to Critical Mass

Saturday, July 29 at 4:30pm – A reception for Meridel Rubenstein, who will talk about Critial Mass work and introduce special guests and speakers. Event takes place in the Munoz/Waxman Gallery and concludes at 6:30pm in time for the 7pm screening of Oppenheimer.

Sunday, August 6 at 2:00pm – Meridel Rubenstein will lead a gallery walk through Critical Mass, starting in the Munoz/Waxman Gallery.

Tuesday, August 8 from 5pm to 7pm – Roundtable discussion about Critical Mass, moderated by Tonya Turner Carroll. Panel features Alicia Inez Guzman, Roshi Joan Halifax, Josie Lopez, Meridel Rubenstein, Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez, and Rebecca Solnit.

Tuesday, August 15 from 5pm to 7pm – Screening of two anti-nuclear films by Adam Horowitz: Nuclear Savage: The Islands of Secret Project 4.1 and Atomic Gods: Creation Myths of the Bomb. Adam will introduce his films. After the films, Meridel Rubenstein and Matthew Chase Daniel will join Adam in a discussion and audience Q&A.

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