Monday, March 30, 2020

Announcing Our YouTube Channel

We are pleased to announce our YouTube Channel. Watch for new videos in the coming days and weeks.

As a very small measure, we hope viewing our videos brings you enjoyment during this difficult time. You may also view our exhibits, current and past, on our website.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


Ryan Vizzions: Protesters face off with police and the National Guard on February 1, 2017, 
near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Via Earth Justice

MARCH 25, 2020

Washington, D.C. — A federal court today granted a request by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to strike down federal permits for the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Court found the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it affirmed federal permits for the pipeline originally issued in 2016. Specifically, the Court found significant unresolved concerns about the potential impacts of oil spills and the likelihood that one could take place.

For example, the Court criticized the Corps for failing to address the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s expert criticism of its analysis, citing issues like potential worst case discharge, the difficulty of detecting slow leaks, and responding to spills in winter. Similarly, the Court observed that DAPL’s parent company’s abysmal safety record “does not inspire confidence,” finding that it should have been considered more closely.

The Court ordered the Corps to prepare a full environmental impact statement on the pipeline, something that the Tribe has sought from the beginning of this controversy. The Court asked the parties to submit additional briefing on the question of whether to shut down the pipeline in the interim.

“After years of commitment to defending our water and earth, we welcome this news of a significant legal win,” said Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Chairman Mike Faith. “It’s humbling to see how actions we took four years ago to defend our ancestral homeland continue to inspire national conversations about how our choices ultimately affect this planet. Perhaps in the wake of this court ruling the federal government will begin to catch on, too, starting by actually listening to us when we voice our concerns.”

“This validates everything the Tribe has been saying all along about the risk of oil spills to the people of Standing Rock,” said Earthjustice attorney Jan Hasselman. “The Obama administration had it right when it moved to deny the permits in 2016, and this is the second time the Court has ruled that the government ran afoul of environmental laws when it permitted this pipeline. We will continue to see this through until DAPL has finally been shut down.”

In December of 2016, the Obama administration denied permits for DAPL to cross the Missouri River, and ordered a full environmental impact statement to analyze alternative pipeline routes and impacts on the Tribe’s treaty rights. Yet on his second day in office, Trump reversed that order, directing that permits be issued. Pipeline construction was completed by June of 2017.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe challenged the permits in court and won. The Court ruled then that the environmental analysis had been insufficient because it failed to account for consequences facing the Tribe, and ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redo it. However, the judge declined to shut down the pipeline in the interim.

The Army Corps then redid its environmental analysis, but essentially shut the Tribe out of the review process, and concluded that its previous analysis had been sufficient and that nothing needed to change. In response, Earthjustice and the Tribe went back to court. In a motion for summary judgment filed last August, the Tribe asked the Court to shut down the pipeline and order the Corps to conduct a full environmental analysis.

The massive 2016 gathering of Tribes and allies defending Standing Rock Sioux territory from DAPL captured the world’s attention and attracted international media coverage. It helped give rise to a global movement of indigenous resistance to fossil-fuel infrastructure projects.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

UPDATED : Monroe Gallery Temporarily Closed

May 18 - 2020
The Gallery has reopened with modified Covid-19 Safety precautions

March 18, 2020

The health and safety of our community, patrons, and colleagues is of the utmost importance to us and in light of the New Mexico state government’s public health guidance, and to be responsible to our community by preventing unnecessary spread of Covid-19, the Gallery is currently closed. We are working remotely and are available by email and appointment.

Thank you for your understanding and support in these difficult times.
Updated information will be posted here and on our social media feeds.

Thank you.

Sid and Michelle Monroe

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Monroe Gallery on Paris Photo New York Fair Postponement and COVID-19

March 11,2020

Today Paris Photo New York released the following statement concerning the scheduled first edition of the fair April 1-5, 2020:

"Paris, 10 March 2020 – After careful consideration and comprehensive discussions with galleries and partners, the inaugural edition of Paris Photo New York, organized by Reed Expositions France, will be postponed to a later date due to the growing concerns over public health and safety and the developing COVID-19 situation. A new date will be announced as soon as possible.  

Reed Expositions France, the Show Management of Paris Photo New York, together with AIPAD, Show Committee members, and the Selection Committee made the difficult decision in consultation with all stakeholders and in alignment with the advice from the US public health authorities regarding travel to and from impacted countries.  The Show Management takes the concerns of its exhibitors and supporters seriously and is convinced that the postponement is in the best interest of galleries, collectors and art enthusiasts alike.

Michel Filzi, President of Reed Expositions France, said: “With 178 exhibitors confirmed, this first edition has had an overwhelming welcome from the photo art galleries and editors. We were all very excited to launch this first edition of Paris Photo New York in March, and to build another bridge in the art scene between our two continents. However, the health and well-being of exhibitors, visitors, sponsors, media representatives, cultural institutions and our employees from around the globe is and will always be our first priority. We have therefore made the decision to postpone the Paris Photo New York event to a later date.”

“We fully understand and appreciate the level of planning that is required to participate in an event like ours.  Reed Expositions France will therefore be doing our utmost to help all our customers and their partners to prepare for the upcoming edition. On behalf of all of the Reed Exhibition teams, we truly thank all those involved for their trust, their hard work to date as well as their continued encouragement and support during this challenging time,” said Michel Filzi."


The health and safety of our community, patrons, and colleagues is of the utmost importance to us. Amid growing travel concerns surrounding COVID-19, we want to assure you we are taking preventive measures to keep our gallery safe and maintain a healthy environment. We are currently attempting to maintain normal business hours but recommend calling for the latest information. 

We are continuously making decisions on how the latest health mandates impact our daily operations. For the most up-to-date information on our exhibits and events, visit our website

Saturday, March 7, 2020

International Acclaim For the Exhibition "Ida Wyman: Life with a camera"

Ida Wyman: Man looking in wastebasket, Coney Island, New York, 1945

Today, March 7, would have been Ida Wyman's 94th birthday. The daughter of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Ida Wyman was born March 7, 1926 in Malden, Massachusetts. The family soon moved to New York, where her parents ran a small grocery store in the Bronx. Her parents bought her a box camera when she was 14, and she joined the camera club at Walton High School, honing her skills at taking and printing pictures. By the time Wyman was 16, she know that she wanted to work as a photographer.

Opportunities then were few for women photographers, but in 1943 Wyman joined Acme Newspictures as a mail room ‘boy’; pulling prints and captioning them for clients.

When the war ended, Acme's only female printer was fired so a man could have her job. Wyman set out on her own to begin free-lance work for magazines, and her first photo story was published in LOOK magazine the same year. By 1948 she was in Los Angeles, working on assignments for LIFE magazine. She would eventually cover over 100 assignments for LIFE.

For the next several years, Wyman covered assignments for LIFE, Fortune, Saturday Evening Post, Parade, and many other leading publications of the time. Ida Wyman passed away in July, 2019. Although not as famous as some of her contemporaries, Ida was one of the defining artists of early street photography that helped shape how we look at our world.

HUCK Magazine

The unsung photographer of the 20th century: Celebrating Ida Wyman

The Daily Mail

Ida Wyman: Life with a camera continues through April 19, and selection from the exhibit will be on view in our booth #A1 during Paris Photo New York Presented by AIPAD at Pier 94 in New York, April 2-5.