Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)


Byline: Story by David Steinberg Photographs by Pat Vasquez-Cunningham * Of the Journal

UNM's new dean of Fine Arts brings an appreciation for the marginality of the arts

James S. Moy sees a shared quality in his experience growing up behind a Chinese hand laundry in Chicago and in his adult life in the arts.

A listener may initially be puzzled by that perceived commonality, but Moy, the new dean of the University of New Mexico's College of Fine Arts, has a clarifying explanation.

"That upbringing, the cool thing about it, was sort of a marginal existence. I lived among machinery. I came to understand how most people lived and how I lived," Moy said.

"Marginality I came to understand deeply. I suppose I could say, to a certain degree, I related how I moved from studio art into theater via the road to happenings, today known as performance art.

"Performance art is a marginal existence. My progress has always been on the margins of things, which is a natural position of the arts," he added.

Most of his professional life has been in theater, though off the stage. Moy has been a director, a teacher and a theater historian, but he's also tried his hand at acting, dance, studio painting and performance art. …

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