Must See Art Shows: March 14 - 31

Date March 13, 2008 at 10:00 PM

Author Aline Brandauer


Categories Performing Arts


As we arrive at the Ides of March, a survey of shadow and light around Santa Fe seems just right. Photography, since 1839, has captured "€˜decisive moments,' created apparent realities, explored its own medium and allowed us access to worlds unknown to us.

On March 14, from 5- 7 pm Verve Fine Arts on Marcy Street opens exhibits by David Scheinbaum and Vince Cianni. Scheinbaum has been producing a wide range of work over the last decade from portraits of stone, like the Easter Island statues, to documenting hip-hop musicians and culture. In his images of Erykah Badu, for example, we can see the tropes of rock-and roll photography re-imagined with a curious stillness to the pictures.

At The Monroe Gallery on Don Gaspar Avenue, Making Movies continues through April 20. Still photographers have been on movie sets since the early days of motion pictures, where they capture backstage action, moments off-camera and stills that are used for promotion. In many cases, the photographs have themselves become cultural icons. Think of a poignant and withdrawn Marilyn Monroe on the set of The Misfits-the existential fable and last movie ever made by Monroe, Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift. Think, on the other hand, of wide open, luxuriating Elizabeth Taylor sunning herself in Marfa, Texas on the set of Giant or Al Pacino seen internalizing his duty in The Godfather. In Monroe gallery's show more than fifty photographs lead us on a tour of memorable movies including Up the Sandbox, Raging Bull, Midnight Cowboy, The Godfather, A Star is Born and others.

At Anahita Photography now located on Canyon Road, Andrew Hale opens a new show this month of Russian Underground photography. A student and collector of Eastern European photography from its golden Soviet Era to now, Hale displays consistently interesting and provocative works that are rarely seen in the United States. The gallery specializes in vintage and modern international photography with a focus on Russia and Central Asia, Japan, Southeast and South Asia, Africa and the Near East.

Photo-Eye, next to Garcia Street Books and the Downtown Subscription, is displaying a range of gallery artists now. With the gallery's track record and fascinating stable of photographers it is definitely worth a stroll after coffee.

Museum-quality gallery artists are also what's up at both of Andrew Smith's locations. From William Henry Jackson to Eliot Porter, from Annie Liebovitz and Lee Friedlander to Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie and Delilah Montoya, the range is dazzling and the quality superb.

The Anne and John Marion Center for the Photographic Arts at the College of Santa Fe will exhibit Positive/ Negative opening March 28. The show is a combination of works from the permanent collection and several borrowed works. Hung to complement the center's photography classes, Positive/Negative will feature a wide range of pictures. Here is a soupcon of what's in store:

Nineteenth-century photographic pioneer Anna Atkins (1799 -1871) will be included. Atkins, the first person to illustrate a book using only photographs, was a botanist and photographer. Her father and Sir John Herschel developed cyanotype photograms which Atkins then used to produce detailed illustrations of algae.

New Mexico based Miguel Gandert is best known for documenting life in his home state from the ground-breaking images of low riders to more recent images of Los Comanches, Gandert's work dovetails with the college's documentary studies program.

Verve Fine Arts
219 East Marcy Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Monroe Gallery
112 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Anahita Photography Gallery
616 ½ B Canyon Road, down Canyon Alley
Santa Fe NM 87501

Photo-Eye Gallery
376 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
800.227.6941 x 115

Marion Center for the Photographic Arts
College of Santa Fe
1600 St. Michael's drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505

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