Exhibited Works

Peters Projects is proud to present Tickling the Dragon’s Tail, an exhibition of works based on the Los Alamos/Manhattan Project by renowned photographer Meridel Rubenstein, on view through August 25.

 Tickling the Dragon's Tail includes works that are studies for the two mixed media installations, Oppenheimer’s Chair and The Meeting, comprised of photos, video, glass and steel, currently on view at the New Mexico History Museum. In 1995 Site Santa Fe commissioned Rubenstein to make Oppenheimer’s Chair for their first International Biennial in 1995, Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby. That exhibit opened on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic test at the Trinity site at White Sands, the event that inspired Rubenstein’s piece.

 Two years earlier (1993) Critical Mass, the collaborative photo/text video exhibition by Meridel Rubenstein and Ellen Zweig with Steina and Woody Vasulka, was premiered at and travelled by the New Mexico Museum of Art. It took as its subject the worlds of scientists and Native Americans as they intersected at the home of Edith Warner at Otowi Bridge, during the making of the first atomic bomb in 1944 in Los Alamos. The Meeting looks at this event.

Rubenstein was born in Detroit, Michigan and earned her Bachelor's degree in social science, with a film-making emphasis from Sarah Lawrence College. She received an M.A. from the University of New Mexico in 1974 and an M.F.A. from the same institution in 1977, studying with Beaumont Newhall and Franck Van Deren Coke. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981 and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1983. From 1985-1990 she was head of the photography department at San Francisco State University. In 1990 Rubinstein returned to New Mexico to teach at the Institute of American Indian Arts and in 2006, she received a fellowship from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation. She currently lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Singapore.

For more information, contact Mark Del Vecchio, Director, 505-954-5748 or mark@petersprojects.com