Southwest Reflections: In Between Shadows of the Land

Part of the MRM’s New Mexico Artists Series

Featuring artworks by: Matthew & Julie Chase-Daniel, Dora Dillistone, Juanita Lavadie, Lorraine Gala Lewis, Pola Lopez, Collette Marie, Brandon Adriano Ortiz, Will Wilson

October 8, 2022 - January 29, 2023

Galleries 9 & 10

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8, 2022
4:30-5:30pm Members Hour
5:30-7:30pm Public Reception (Curatorial Walkthrough at 6pm)

Offering a common thread to life, everything that exists bears a shadow. As the second installment of the Millicent Rogers Museum’s “New Mexico Artists” series, this exhibition offers a diverse exploration of artists’ portrayals of environmental relationships and the ways these events become conveyed through shadows, reflections, and movements. It focuses on New Mexican artists’ direct reflections of Southwest lands through shadow-driven processes. These art forms include pottery, cyanotypes, acrylic paintings, dirt paintings, prints on paper, aerial photography, videography, and weaving, amongst other media. The featured artists—Matthew & Julie Chase-Daniel, Dora Dillistone, Juanita J. Lavadie, Lorraine Gala Lewis, Pola Lopez, Collette Marie, Brandon Adriano Ortiz, and Will Wilson—approach the land as a site of truth-telling from several cultural perspectives. In the Southwest region, an area known by many names, these artists create their work through strategies of regeneration, or acts of regrowing after experiences of loss, within the ever-shifting envelope of shadows in the land. They grapple with ongoing inscriptions on the land and drastic changes in climate and ecologies—all emerging out of the politics of resources, labor, survival, and love, within layered contexts of impermanence and permanence. They employ their art to investigate cultural impacts on the health and regeneration of the Southwest environment. Physical movements both among species and in between shadows reveal interdependent relationships with visible influences, particularly between art practices, cultural politics, and the environment of the land. As such, the concept of “in between shadows” references the contrast of light in the land as well as the decisive moments that shape the future of particular places in the Southwest region, including the artists’ practices as actions of intervention and change themselves. 

Curated by Michelle Lanteri, MRM Curator of Collections & Exhibitions

Read about this exhibition in the press!

The Taos News

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Native American Art Magazine


Schedule of Events (All events at the Millicent Rogers Museum):

October 8, 2022-January 29, 2023, Exhibition on View


October 8, 2022, 4:30-5:30pm, MRM Members Hour; 5:30-7:30pm, Public Reception


October 9, 2022

11am-3pm, Kids Workshop: Serigraph: Exploring the Art of Screenprinting

1-2pm, “Mirrored Reflections: Ancestral Influences in Art” Roundtable, Lorraine Gala Lewis

Click here to watch this program


October 16, 2022

11am-3pm, Kids Workshop: Shadows

1-2pm, “Cultural Imprints: Light, Shadow, and Transformation in Art” Roundtable, Matthew Chase-Daniel and Brandon Adriano Ortiz

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October 23, 2022

11am-3pm, Kids Workshop: Bug Reflections: Exploring Color and Nature Patterns  with guest artist, Dora Dillistone

1-2pm, “Locational Memories: Reflecting Time and Place in Art” Roundtable, Juanita J. Lavadie and Dora Dillistone


October 30, 2022

11am-3pm, Kids Workshop: Cyanotypes: Exploring Sun Prints 


November 6, 2022

1-2pm, “Land: Reflection, Regeneration, and Art” Roundtable, Will Wilson and Pola Lopez


Matthew & Julie Chase-Daniel, Direct Exposure: Douglas, Arizona, 2020, cyanotype on cotton



Dora Dillistone, #116 Degrees SE, 2020, dirt driven by rain on paper

Juanita J. Lavadie (Chicana/Taoseña), 4 Elementos - Tierra, 2017, acrylic on canvas


Lorraine Gala Lewis (Laguna Pueblo/Hopi-Tewa/Taos Pueblo), Rattlesnake Effigy (Tularosa 950-1150 CE), 2010, clay, natural pigments/stains, acrylic paint

Pola Lopez (Chicana), Arbol Sagrada ~ Burning of the Ancestor, 2022, acrylic on canvas

Collette Marie (Mestiza/Chicana), Quail in Ojo de Dios, 2017, linoleum print on paper


Brandon Adriano Ortiz (Taos Pueblo), Two-Tone Amoeba Bowl, 2021, micaceous clay, photo credit/collection of Indian Arts Research Center, School for Advanced Research

Will Wilson (Diné [Navajo]), Connecting the Dots: Cameron Chapter Complex 1, Detail, Cameron, Arizona, Navajo Nation, 2020, archival pigment print, dimensions variable

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