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2015 June, Santa Fe: Red, White & TurquoiseJune 25, 2015: The inaugural Summer Of Color is underway in Santa Fe, a visionary collaboration of the city’s museums, galleries and art districts that also includes hotels and restaurants united around the legendary vibrancy of The City Different color palette.
There are many other exhibits for travelers to note, including the every Friday evening summer art openings on historic Canyon Road and the Last Friday Art Walks at the new Railyard Arts District, recently voted a Top Ten Best in the United States.
Here’s a small selection of what you can enjoy this summer. For a complete list, please visit www.santafe.org/calendar.
New Mexico Museum Of Art – “Focus on Photography Series
Museum Of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) – “War Department” (Through July 31)
This exhibit displays and showcases artwork on war spanning 500 years, from the Spanish/Pueblo conquest to Vietnam and present-day conflicts. www.iaia.edu
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum – “Line, Color, Composition” (Through September 13)
The new exhibition showcases O’Keeffe’s artistic practice and reveals her disciplined drawing technique, dramatic color palette and innovative sense for composition through paintings and drawings that span her career. The presentation offers fresh insight to the importance of line in her work, from preliminary sketches and drawings to the fluid. The museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and until 7:00 p.m. on Fridays. Students 17 and under are free. For more information, visit www.okeeffemuseum.org or download the new O’Keeffe Museum Tour app.
Museum Of International Folk Art – “The Red That Colored The World” (through September 13)
Red has risen to the pinnacle of the color spectrum from antiquity to today as symbol and hue. Throughout art history, a broad red brushstroke has colored the finest art and expressions of daily life. Yet, while most people know red, few know of its most prolific and enduring source: American Cochineal, a tiny scaled insect that produces carminic acid. Fewer still know the story behind its explosive global spread after its first encounter by Spain in 16th century Mexico. The exhibition is not restricted to folk art and will include manuscripts, paintings, sculpture, textiles and furniture from pre-Columbian and Spanish Colonial Mexico, Peru and New Mexico; European paintings, textiles and clothing; and textiles from Asia, India and the Middle East, along with selections from the collection at the Museum of International Folk Art. Visitors are invited to look through the centuries to consider the central role of color in art, history and culture as well as in their own lives. www.internationalfolkart.org
Museum Of International Folk Art – “Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition” (Through January 3) Presents current works characterized by earthy local clays and surprising effects of wood firing from North Carolina and northern Georgia. Southern pottery remains a vital and a distinctive art form through which potters actively engage with their region in ways both old and new. www.internationalfolkart.org
SITE Santa Fe – “SITElines 2016: New Perspectives On Art Of The Americas” (Through January 8)
SITElines is a radical rethinking of the SITE Santa Fe signature biennial exhibition. When SITE Santa Fe opened in 1995, it launched what was then the only international biennial of contemporary art in the United States, and one of only a handful of biennials around the world. SITElines now reinvigorates and reimagines the biennial exhibition to focus on the Western Hemisphere, with new perspectives to the curatorial table and a new infrastructure at SITE to support long-term research and new artist commissions. www.sitesantafe.org
New Mexico History Museum – “Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War” (Through February 26) Three curators join forces in this new exhibition that includes rare photographs, lithographs, diaries and even locks of hair that were carried by soldiers in the Civil War. Complementary programming digs deeper into New Mexico’s role through lectures and special presentations. www.nmhistorymuseum.org
Wheelwright Museum – “Connoisseurship and Good Pie: Ted Coe and Collecting Native American Art” (Through April 17) Explore Coe’s contribution to the understanding and promotion of Native American arts, which took the form of landmark exhibitions and publications. Coe collected on road trips to remote areas across the United States. He was also a legendary known to drive many miles out of his way for a good piece of pie. Objects from all over North America will be featured, including beadwork, basketry, carving, and embroidery. www.wheelwright.org
Museum Of Indian Arts and Culture – “Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning” (through May 1). This exhibit highlights the museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining, and history, to questions of authenticity and value. www.indianartsandculture.org
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