by Kacie Erin Smith
April 1 – 29, 2017
Reception: Saturday, April 22, 4 – 7pm
Artist talk: Tuesday, May 9, 11am, George Pearl Hall, UNM main campus
Expedition Behavior is a site-specific, interactive exhibit, housed in the greenhouse at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Kacie Erin Smith has constructed a series of backpacks through rigorous handwork and detailing, informed by her experience with farming, outdoor education, and the place itself. Smith’s gear invites audiences to acquaint themselves with the outdoors, to consider the embodiment of knowledge, and to play with things in flux. Designed to use at the Refuge, the backpacks investigate cultural and environmental narratives, and the limits of self-sufficiency.
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
7851 2nd St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105
The greenhouse is just north of the entrance gate, across from Visitor’s Center.
Open hours: Mondays + Wednesdays: 11am – 3pm; Saturdays: 2 – 5pm; and by appointment.
Phone: (925) 963-3639
About the artist:
Kacie Erin Smith is an artist and educator working on interdisciplinary projects related to place, craft and memory. Originally from California, Smith currently lives in Albuquerque studying Printmaking / Art & Ecology at the University of New Mexico and working as a curator at Inpost Artspace. “Expedition Behavior” is her MFA thesis show.