December 4, Sunday, 11 am
@Collected Works Bookstore & Iconik Coffeehouse
Cady Wells and the Post-Atomic Landscapes of Northern New Mexico
With Dr. Lois Rudnick
Journey Hosts: Alan Webber & Bill and Ellen Dupuy
Cady Wells was the only Northern New Mexico artist of his generation to take on the post-atomic era in his paintings. In powerfully luminous and haunting works that Wells created between his return from World War in 1946 and his much too early death in 1954, he responded with profound sensitivity to a beloved landscape that he believed to would be ground zero for World War III. Living in the Pojaoque Valley, 12 miles from Los Alamos, which he called “the sewer bed of science,” he was the first of four generations of New Mexican artists to wrestle with “the arts of nuclear (dis)enchantment.”
Lois Rudnick is a retired professor of American Studies from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She has lectured and published widely on the artists and writers of Santa Fe and Taos. Most recently she has co-edited and co-curated the book and exhibition, “Mabel Dodge Luhan & Company: American Moderns and the West.” The exhibit opened at the Harwood Museum of Art in May 2016 and is currently at the Albuquerque Museum through January 22, 2017.