(Story by Cullen Curtiss)
TAOS: After nearly six years as Taos Art Museum at Fechin House’s executive director and curator, V. Susan Fisher has stepped down. According to the board of directors, under Ms. Fisher’s guidance, “the Museum’s visitor base grew to become the largest and most diverse in its history, experiencing record audiences for exhibitions, and enthusiastic response to rewarding new programs and community outreach.” With winter hours in effect, you have the weekend to squeeze in a visit; regular hours resume in March. This month, take your kids on the Museum’s Treasure Hunt. Pick up the map and clues at the house lobby, explore the grounds and learn about the story of life and art in Taos. Details at taosartmuseum.org.
At Society of the Muse of the Southwest on Feb. 17 from 7-8 p.m., long-time commercial photographer Pat Pollard reads and shares stories from her new memoir Long Time Lost. Attendees are certain to gain insight about the journey of a true artist. After a successful career as a commercial photographer, Pat relocated to Taos in 1990 and began to experiment with various media, combining everything from photographic imagery to construction, sculpture and found objects. Details at somostaos.org.
SANTA FE: Over at 7Arts Gallery, there are two wonderfully different exhibitions opening Feb 2. Donna Sherry Boggins shows the uniquely pleasing Indigenous-inspired Gourd Art, motivated by her work on archaeological dig sites. The lowly gourd is transformed with Donna’s eye. She says, “I try to recreate the gourds’ domestic purposes, plus capture the spirit and mysticism of [those] who revered these sacred vessels.” Also showing is Imagined Landscapes by Nanette Shapiro, a member of the National Association of Women Artists, who works in pastel, cold wax and other mediums to create paintings that represent her “subconscious memories of inner landscapes.” Details at 7arts.gallery.com.
The late and lovely and prolific Ciel Bergman lives on with The Center for Contemporary Arts’ exhibition of The Linens, paintings never previously exhibited as a series. Beginning Feb. 9 and running through April 29 in the Tank Garage, the exhibition celebrates this beloved figure’s life with a series of 48 acrylic paintings on unstretched Belgian linen, made between the years of 1970-1977. The series ranges from minimal to bold, exploring philosophy, sexuality and physicality. Details at ccasantafe.org.
The Artist-in-Residence Adventure continues at La Fonda on the Plaza this February, featuring prominent New Mexico artists in the hotel lobby each Thursday through Saturday between 4 and 7 p.m. Scheduled artists include Hollis Chitto, known for his intricate and vibrant beadwork (Feb. 15-17); silversmith and basket weaver David McElroy (Feb. 22-24); painter Nocona Burgess (Feb. 1-3) and painter Marla Allison (Feb. 8-10.). Details at lafondasantafe.com/artist-in-residence.
Of course, we have learned that hindsight is always 20/20, but have we truly internalized what that means? New York-based artist R. Luke DuBois has, and SITE Santa Fe is presenting his solo exhibition of the same phrase through April 4. Hindsight is Always 20/20 (2008) synthesizes the State of the Union addresses by 41 U.S. presidents, organizing their top 66 words into the familiar descending format of the Snellen Eye Chart. Can we, the electorate, gain 20/20 vision in advance of electing our next leader? Go to SITE and decide. Details at sitesantafe.org.
OTA Contemporary starts off 2018 strong with an exhibition called Reflections, featuring diverse painters Charley Brown, Tim Craighead, Marietta Patricia Leis and Gail Winbury. Opening with a private reception on Feb. 2 (contact OTA if you’d like to attend, 505.930.7800), Reflections was so-named by Kevin Wass, professor of music (applied tuba and euphonium) at Texas Tech University, who will play his tuba in the acoustically sensitive gallery on opening night. Details at otacontemporary.com.
ABQ: Don’t trip over this beautiful play on words: Recycled Heart. Yes, this poignantly named show at the Harwood Art Museum, opening Feb. 2 and running through Feb. 22 is a mixed-media and recycled art exhibit that captures the diverse and distinct ArtStreet artists’ interpretation of poverty and homelessness. ArtStreet—a program of Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless—artists are well recognized for their skill in recycled art. Says Evelyn Kuhn, ArtStreet artist and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless board member, “Recycled Heart is an open and quirky but artistic setting for emerging artists at ArtStreet. There is an artist in everyone.” Details at harwoodartcenter.org.
Join San Francisco-based author, radio host, video blogger and home-chef Diana Silva for a book reading and signing of Molé Mama; A Memoir of Love, Cooking and Loss at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Feb. 10, 2-4 p.m. Molé Mama tells the tale of Diana’s mother’s final 13 months, during which time Diana cooks her mother’s heirloom Mexican recipes every weekend while her mother taste-tests from her bed. Get yourself a savory signed copy and have access to a wide variety of recipes, as well as life lessons. And you can also check out Diane’s Molé Mama recipes on her YouTube channel. Details at nhccnm.org.
We need to consider ourselves very fortunate that venerable, wildly credentialed photographer Meridel Rubenstein’s work Eden Turned on Its Side is in the Que at the University of New Mexico Art Museum, Feb. 2 through June 16. Comprising three parts, Photosynthesis, Volcano Cycle and Eden in Iraq, the work is about the human relationship to the environment over all spheres of time. This stunning display may take some time to absorb, so we’re glad it’s around for a few months. Details at artmuseum.unm.edu.