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Mixed Media — Pan Am in pixels: "Digital Latin America"

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Posted: Friday, June 6, 2014 5:00 am

Albuquerque’s 516 Arts (516 Central Ave. S.W., 505-242-1445) presents Digital Latin America, a symposium and multisite exhibition of digital art from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, the United States, and other nations of the Americas. Exhibits include a group show at the gallery featuring works by Colombia-born artist Jessica Angel, Navajo photographer Will Wilson, Argentine new media artist Paula Gaetano Adi, and others. A free block party in downtown Albuquerque (on Central Avenue between Fifth and Sixth streets), beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7, includes visual arts, musical performances, and food of Latin American cultures; it opens concurrently with the reception for the Digital Latin America exhibit at 516. Shows at satellite venues include Oscar Muñoz: Biografías at the University of New Mexico Art Museum (1 University of New Mexico, 505-277-4001), opening Friday, June 6, with a 6 p.m. reception ($5 suggested donation), and an exhibit of digital abstract films by San Francisco-based artist Elizabeth Cunningham at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History (2000 Mountain Road N.W.; 505-243-7255), opening on June 7 (entry is by museum admission). Other programs include David Cudney: The Indices of Refraction, a kinetic installation at 5G Gallery (1715 Fifth St. N.W., 505-977-9643), opening on June 6 with a 6 p.m. reception, and Old Media, New Methods, a free interactive family event in which participants learn to make zoetropes, flip books, and other objects to take home. Old Media, New Methods is at 516 Arts beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 19. The symposium starts at 9 a.m on June 7 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and continues through Sunday, June 8. Events include the presentations “Indigenous Pop” by UNM professors Miguel Gandert and Enrique Lamadrid; “Exploring Language and Communication Through New Media” with Matt Garcia, Gabriel Vanegas, and others artists; “Three Chairs for Society by keynote speaker Pablo Helguera, director of adult and academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art; and “Globalization of Information and Communities” by keynote speaker Alex Rivera. A free screening of Rivera’s film Sleep Dealer is at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth St. S.W.; 505-246-2261) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 26. The symposium costs $55, with discounts available. For a complete schedule of events visit www.516arts.org. To register for the symposium visit www.regonline.com/DLA or register at the door on June 7 and 8. 

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