Speakers/Chautauqua Catalog

Name Roberta Price
Email bertaprice@gmail.com
Phone 505/268-1366
Cel Phone 505/239-6958
Address 3812 La Hacienda Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM  87110
Biographical Info Roberta Price is a writer and intellectual property attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Following graduation from Vassar in 1968, she became a teaching fellow in the SUNY at Buffalo graduate English program, where she received the grant to photograph communes in the Southwest. She traveled to the Huerfano Valley in 1969 and in 1970 settled in Libre and began building a house there. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1983, and began a successful law career defending intellectual property rights, representing Southwestern artists and Native American tribes on intellectual property and cultural issues, including Zia Pueblo’s fight to protect its sacred sun symbol from commercial use. Price has worked for the London Vogue and has published poetry, articles and photographs in Chelsea, Ms. Magazine, the London Times Sunday supplement, Shelter by Lloyd Kahn (Random House) and Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedlic Sixties by Alastair Gordon (Rizzoli), Brick, and Volume.
Program Title ACROSS THE DIVIDE: A Visual Journey Through Time and Space to the Communes of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado
Program Description A slideshow and lecture about the utopian experiments that took root in New Mexico in the late 1960s and 1970 by someone who started out as an academic observer and became a observing participant. Price photographed communes in northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado from 1969-1977. The photos show houses and domes being constructed, community activities, gardening, commune schools, artwork and crafts, and vignettes of everyday life. The goal of the lecture is to increase understanding amongst New Mexicans who may be culturally, socially and economically in very different positions from the young people who grew up thinking the world was their oyster and that anything was possible. At the same time, Price refers and connects this era to earlier cultural, intellectual, and artistic movements in our history that shared some of the same ideals. In a sense the commune movement was the last gasp of Transcendentalism, and was very American after all.
Series New Mexico History and Cultures; Conversations With the World
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