Campus News - June 30, 2001

Maxwell Museum exhibit puts face on Albuquerque homeless

The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology is showing “Images from the Streets: Portraits of Albuquerque’s Homeless People,” an exhibit of photographic portraits by Albuquerque artist Oscar Lozoya. The exhibit seeks to bestow individuality on Albuquerque citizens who would usually be consigned to the category “homeless.”

The exhibit is supplemented with text by Michael Robertson, an anthropologist and teacher. Robertson has worked and lived with Albuquerque street people. His text, like Lozoya’s images, reflects his personal experience of homelessness and complements and enhances their impact.

Garth Bawden, director of the Maxwell Museum, said the exhibit sheds light on the often-hidden experience of many Albuquerque citizens.

“One of the central missions of any museum of anthropology is to illuminate the human cultural state in all of its forms,” Bawden said. “For the Maxwell Museum, this mission includes our immediate Albuquerque community as well as cultures that are historically and geographically distant from us. We believe that the museum gallery can and must be an active player in the process of social inquiry, revelation and interpretation.”

The exhibit will be continue through early winter. The museum is open Tuesday though Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays, noon to 4 p.m. For more information call, 277-0296.

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