Being a compendium of thoughts as we drive and drive and....
It’s been way too long since we’ve been in Santa Fe. It really is one of our favorite places. And since the predicted snow did not materialize, we had a good day.
People we met in Big Bend recommended a temporary exhibition at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture: Grounded in Clay: the Spirit of Pueblo Pottery (https://groundedinclay.org). It represents a really interesting approach to curation, asking 60 community curators from the 21 Pueblo tribes in the Southwest to select works that speak to them in some way and to write the labels. Many selected pieces made by ancestors or other potters they knew personally. The work is, of course, stunningly beautiful, but it is the personal connections that are so moving. It will be at the Met next year and we strongly recommend it. We also enjoyed the museum’s re-done core exhibition, Here, Now and Always, which also emphasized native voice (https://www.indianartsandculture.org/current?&eventID=5042)
The art on the Museum Hill plaza is always a delight.
We then went to the New Mexico Museum of Art on the Plaza for an exhibition of wood carving, with was disappointing. But two other exhibitions were more interesting. An American in Paris: Donald Beauregard featured the work of a young man who was just developing his approach to painting when he died in 1914 at 29. You could see how he was processing the significant post-Impressionistic paintings around him. And a small exhibition of the work of Mexican street photographer Manuel Carrillo (https://www.nmartmuseum.org/exhitions/manuel-carrillo-mexican-modernist/) was a nice surprise.
We wandered along Canyon Road popping into galleries until it started raining. In any case, we were sated and ready to enjoy our lovely accommodations.
Tapas dinner with Laura’s colleague and old friend Gail and her husband John was the perfect way to end the day.
4/30/2023 01:04:47 am
Let's make a date to see the exhibit when it comes to the Met!
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