Must See Art: July 1 - 14

Date June 29, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Author Aline Brandauer


Categories Performing Arts


Forrest Moses and Joe Ramiro Garcia at LewAllen Contemporary
129 West Palace Avenue
Reception, July 4, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

On July 4, be sure to go by LewAllen Contemporary before going to a barbeque, to the fireworks or to The Marriage of Figaro at the Santa Fe Opera. Two very different exhibits at the gallery there provide tasty fare for the eyes.

Forrest Moses' monotypes push the artist's explorations of nature's forms and rhythms to the forefront of the image. Moses' series Forest Impressions distills his marvellously naturalistic renderings of landscape into the sensations that underlie them. Like John Henry Twachtman, and other American Impressionists, the seeming stillness paradoxically activates the picture's power and brings the visual into a synaesthetic moment of physical calm.

Karaoke is Joe Ramiro Garcia's exhibition title. Like singing half-known songs in a funky bar, Garcia places cartoon characters, art-historical references and other simulacra as ciphers onto which viewers can project their own meanings. In Didn't Ya Know, for example, Felix the Cat is juxtaposed with an illustration of a bird and a perfectly illusionistic rendering of a skull. The brain wants to make the objects work together but meaning refuses to be fixed in these bold yet whimsical pictures. "I believe that we possess more than five senses,"€ states Garcia, "and I'm convinced these extra perceptional senses allow us to create and digest art. If there is a message in my painting, it's that I'm not sure of anything and I'm okay with it."€

It Was Forty Years Ago Today"€¦
Monroe Gallery of Photography
112 Don Gaspar, reception
Saturday, July 5, 5 - 8 pm

During this election year it is both heartening and frightening to recall 1968. It Was Forty Years Ago Today"€¦at the Monroe Gallery of Photography presents more than fifty photographs from one of the key moments in recent world history. It was the year of assassinations of two progressive and charismatic leaders, Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy. It was the year that Mark Rudd and fellow students took over the Columbia University campus, the Democratic Convention turned violent and the Yippees proposed Pigasus as candidate for President. It was the year that the Tet Offensive helped turn the views of many Americans (and confirmed the views of many in our country and abroad) against the Vietnam War. The culture of the United States was changing, and many of these photographs have become indelibly imprinted in our group psyche. In only one such image, we see two African American sprinters, Tommie Smith and John Carlos bowing their heads and raising their fists while receiving the gold and bronze medals in the Mexico City Olympics. Protesting against racism in the US, and following the bloody Tlatelolco Massacre in Mexico fourteen days before, the photograph thrusts us into the nuances of the political and culture wars of the era.

In addition to his participation the group show, photographer Bill Eppridge will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, with an essay by that quintessential Sixties journalist, Pete Hamill, A Time it Was: Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties. Eppridge was on the campaign trail with Kennedy and documented the private and public life of the man who was to be so tragically assassinated at the age of forty-two. The master print of his heart-stopping image of a young man reaching out over the body of the slain candidate will be shown publicly for the first time at the gallery.

Two remarkable events this July underscore Santa Fe's new label as one of UNESCO's Creative Cities and longstanding identity as a cultural capital.

Art Santa Fe at El Museo Cultural
1615 Paseo de Peralta, Vernissage
Thursday 5 - 8 pm, (tickets: $75)
general admission hours Friday - Sunday, July 11 - 13, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm, (tickets: $8)
Keynote Speaker: Dean Sobel
St. Francis auditorium, New Mexico Museum of Art
107 West Palace Avenue, July 12, 6:30 pm.
Tickets available through the Lensic Box Office, 505 988 1234.

Santa Fe's own contemporary art fair, Art Santa Fe, takes place from July 10 - July 13 at El Museo Cultural. Now an annual event, the fair promises to be exciting as galleries from around the world come to exhibit work in the booths or in juried project spaces. The fair, which began as a modest boutique art fair over 10 years ago, is rapidly becoming a force in the international art scene. Dean Sobel, director of Denver's new Clyfford Still Museum delivers the keynote address on July 12 at 6:30 at Samaint Francis Auditorium.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Milner Plaza on Museum Hill
Opening Preview, Friday, July 11, 6 - 8pm (tickets $250);
Saturday and Sunday, (tickets vary from $50 to $5).

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market takes place the same weekend on Museum Hill. This year more than one hundred artists from 39 countries were juried into the fair. From Rwanda to Turkmenistan, France to Bolivia, a bevy of stunning works will be on sale from the artists who made them. Along with the delicious and far-reaching art work available, the market is tied deeply to visions of economic justice and redistribution through opportunity. The mission of the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is to foster economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists and folk art worldwide and to create intercultural exchange opportunities uniting peoples of the world.

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