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Joanne Lefrak • Standing Strong

In collaboration with the Richard Levy Gallery, Acequia Madre House and the Women’s International Study Center, are pleased to present a pop-up exhibition in Santa Fe, Standing Strong by Joanne Lefrak. This body of work features scratched portraits in plexiglass. The exhibition debuts two new portraits that were completed during the artist’s residency at the Women's International Study Center in June of this year. The women featured in Lefrak’s portraits are connected to the cultural community of New Mexico.

Joanne Lefrak scratches portraits of women she knows into plexiglass surfaces. Authenticity is primary. Her portraits are not idealized and she is unconcerned with social obsessions for youth or perfection, rather Lefrak’s subjects are middle-aged women who are fully empowered and in the prime of their lives. The shadows cast from the scratched renderings define each image making visible the beauty of persona, age, and the power of the women.

Also on display at the Acequia Madre House is a coinciding exhibition of artwork by some of the women featured in Lefrak’s portraits including Francisca Benitez, Rose B. Simpson, Edie Tsong and Martha Tuttle.This pairing offers a deeper understanding of who these women are and the type of work they create.

Exhibition Dates: July 29 – September 9, 2022
Opening Reception: Friday, July 29 from 4:30–7:00

AMH Gallery | M W F 10am - 3pm

614 Acequia Madre, Santa Fe, NM 87505

May 20, 5:00 PM - June 30, 5:00 PM

AMH Gallery | Monday-Friday 10am - 4pm,

614 Acequia Madre, Santa Fe, NM 87505

Created during Rowan’s Fellowship at the Women’s International Study Center at Acequia Madre House in April 2021 – her visually arresting new exhibition, “Place Setting,” is a multimedia performance piece comprised of photography, film, and sculpture.

Rowan examined, interpreted, and took inspiration from the extensive archive of personal artifacts of Eva Scott Fényes, Leonora S.M. Curtin and Leonora F.C. Paloheimo – who left behind an extraordinary record of their times in letters, journals, publications, albums, photographs, art and artifacts.

The result of the project is a collection of work – including recreated elaborate dinner parties from archival recipe books – which explores the surrealist narrative of domestic labor as well as themes of property and independence linked to the trappings of class and gender.

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