Jul 132014
Richard Levy Gallery
That’s Where You Need to Be
August 2 – September 19, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Agroup exhibition of paintings by William Betts, Xuan Chen, Maria Park and Willy Bo Richardson. These artists expand the conventions of painting by executing their own unique styles and methods of application.

William Betts explores the possibilities of a digital age by using innovative techniques that include the use of proprietary software and a self-designed complex robotic system. This technology applies drops of paint to the canvas one color at a time – one drop at a time. Up close the images are lost in pointillist fields of color. From afar, the paintings become photographic images of leisure, showing anonymous people floating in sparkling blue pools and summery days at the beach. William Betts currently lives and works in Miami.
Xuan Chen creates simple forms on her computer, which she deconstructs to exaggerate anomalies that occur when generating digital images. These digital compositions are hand painted onto cut-out aluminum panels that float off the wall. Complex visual spaces are formed by color, light, dimension and reflection. Chen’s recent awards include 1st prize for the Miami University Young Painters Competition and for the Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico. Originally from Qingyang, China, the artist currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Maria Park examines ways that technology intervenes in our perception of and participation in the world. These works, from her Counter Nature series, address the packaging of nature as a consumable image. Her sculptural plexiglas cubes and wall paintings are executed with a rigorous impasto technique, with scenic environments shaped by generous layers of paint contained in stencil-like forms. Born in Munich, Germany, Maria Park now resides in Ithaca, NY and teaches at Cornell University.
Willy Bo Richardson considers the laws of nature as a primary source for his paintings. Vertical lines of expressive layers of color reach for the ground giving evidence to earth’s gravitational pull. Richardson’s gestural large scale paintings embody atmosphere, space, and action. He works within limitations of cause and effect exploring abstract levels of thinking. The artist lives in in Santa Fe, New Mexico and teaches studio art at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Richardson has shown extensively throughout the United States.
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This opening reception coincides with a First Friday Open House at 516 ARTS for Digital Latin America hosted next door from 5:00 – 9:00 pm.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday -Saturday, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Jul 112014

Unsettled Landscapes

SITE Santa Fe Introduces 

A new biennial exhibition series that explores contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego  
July 20, 2014 – January 11, 2015 
Opening Festivities July 17-19

11 Jan 2015 / 20 Jul 2014

SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas is a six­-year commitment to a series of linked exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas. The exhibitions will take place in 2014, 2016, and 2018 and will be organized by a different team of curators, from locations throughout the Western Hemisphere. Through SITElines, SITE will establish a new programming hub called SITEcenter to generate connectivity between and during the exhibitions.

SITElines signifies a radical rethinking of SITE Santa Fe’s signature biennial exhibition, originally established in 1995. It represents a collaborative structure for planning its biennials, a vision for continuity between biennials, a commitment to community and place, and a dedication to new and under­recognized perspectives. This new multi­dimensional approach—together with a strong geographic focus—redefines SITE’s role at the forefront of biennial exhibition making and proposes new curatorial frameworks for biennials globally.

Unsettled Landscapes will look at the urgencies, political conditions and historical narratives that inform the work of contemporary artists across the Americas – from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego. Through three themes – landscape, territory, and trade – this exhibition expresses the interconnections among representations of the land, movement across the land, and economies and resources derived from the land.

“With Unsettled Landscapes, we build connections from Santa Fe to the rest of the Americas, we explore untold stories and perspectives, and we link between our past and our present,” said Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe. “First Native American land, then a Spanish Kingdom, a Mexican Province, and an American Territory, all before statehood, New Mexico is a rich microcosm of the Americas. We are proud of the selection of artists participating in Unsettled Landscapes. These artists represent multiple generations and regions throughout the Western Hemisphere. Our show includes important new and existing works, 13 new commissions and several off­site installations. In addition, we have also included key works of art from previous decades that further expand the ideas of the show. Our aim was to curate a dynamic exhibition that shows how themes of landscape, territory and trade weave throughout the work of artists from every corner of the Americas.”


Curatorial Team:
Candice Hopkins, Curator (b. Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada; lives in Albuquerque)
Lucía Sanromán, Curator (b. Guadalajara, México; lives in Mexico City)
Janet Dees, Curator of Special Projects  (b. New York; lives in Santa Fe)
Irene Hofmann, SITElines Director (b. New York; lives in Santa Fe)

Satellite Curatorial Advisors
Christopher Cozier (b. Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; lives in Port of Spain)
Inti Guerrero (b. Bogota, Colombia; lives in Costa Rica and Singapore)
Julieta Gonzalez (b. Caracas, Venezuela; lives in México City)
Eva Grinstein (b. Buenos Aires, Argentina; lives in Buenos Aires)
Kitty Scott (b. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada; lives in Toronto)

SITElines Advisors
Ana Paula Cohen (b. São Paulo; lives in Sao Paulo and San Francisco)
Luis Croquer (b. El Salvador; lives in Seattle)
Douglas Fogle (b. Chicago; lives in Los Angeles) Rosa Martínez (b. Soria, Spain; lives in Barcelona)
Gerald McMaster (b. Saskatchewan, Canada; lives in Philadelphia)
Ryan Rice (b. Kahnawake, Quebec, Canada; lives in Santa Fe)
Osvaldo Sánchez (b. Havana, Cuba; lives in México City)


Jul 092014

Shape Shifter, an exhibition of new paintings
July 11 – August 3, 2014
Artist Reception July 11, 5:00 – 7:30pmPatina Gallery
131 West Palace Ave.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

The second of the exhibitions, Shape Shifter, features the abstract, mystical paintings of David Solomon. Originally from Florida, Solomon attended San Francisco Art Institute and worked as a studio assistant to the painter Frank Lobdell and sculptor John Henry Waddell. Solomon explores color and form, loosely drawn and organic in places. The ocean, beach and nearby woods were his refuge growing up and many of his paintings bear the organic forms he found there. At times primitive and biomorphic, at others reduced and geometric, his paintings can differ greatly from each other. Some are dreamscapes of floating forms and warm, diffused palette while others are laser focused and hard edged. Motifs morph and repeat, an eye form or is it a seed pod? An angular shape spears the composition. Is it an arrow, pyramid, shaft of light or all of those?

Solomon is a passionate and focused seeker whose need to understand is palpable. He maintains a large library of reference works, books about artists, materials and techniques, to which he refers frequently. He cares deeply about his work, cares about everything, and has been active in the artist community of Santa Fe at all levels. In addition to his own painting, he has worked as a curator, a framer, handler, gallery associate and conservator.

Solomon paints on sheets of aluminum using specially mixed pigments. The metal imparts luminosity to his paintings as reflected light gleams back through the layers of color. Their hard, smooth surface takes on texture when Solomon embeds unmixed pigments into his paints. His interest is gesture and suggestion, streaks and drips are part of the vocabulary. Uneven applications of color, or mottled layers of it, soften the character of the metal and lend a quality of dimension and depth to the work. “Painting is the automatic pursuit of perfection. Each painting informs the next and yet perfection is beautifully unattainable. It is a type of path.”

Jun 162014

"Synthesis" / Luftwerk @ Currents 2014 and "Surface Tension" / Raphael Lozano-Hemmer / photo Maxime Dufour @ Digital Latin America

“Synthesis” / Luftwerk @ Currents 2014 and “Surface Tension” / Raphael Lozano-Hemmer / photo Maxime Dufour @ Digital Latin America

New Media New Mexico
June 6 – 29, 2014

CURRENTS 2014: Santa Fe International New Media Festival
June 13 – 29, 2014

Digital Latin America Opening Weekend
June 6 – 8, 2014

Visit Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico this June to experience the work of over 100 international new media from 15 countries, all in the 60-mile, central portion of the state’s Cultural Corridor. Explore the spectacular landscape of New Mexico and the exciting world of 21st century art at the same time.

Parallel Studios in Santa Fe and 516 ARTS in Albuquerque announce the launch of New Media New Mexico, an ongoing effort to highlight media arts in our state each summer. In June, 2014, NMNM begins with CURRENTS 2014 in Santa Fe presented by Parallel Studios and Digital Latin America ( view DLA video here ), an Albuquerque collaboration led by 516 ARTS.

Known for both its exceptional environmental beauty and its work in scientific innovation, New Mexico has historically been a mecca for the arts and technology. In recent years, the state has become a gathering place for new media artists and enthusiasts from around the world who converge here to focus on the expanding intersection of art, science and technology.

CURRENTS New Media Festival has grown from its local roots in 2002 into an annual, international, citywide event in Santa Fe. Albuquerque became an international hub of activity for new media art during ISEA2012, the 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art, a massive collaboration led by 516 ARTS that helped put Albuquerque on the map in international art circles. Now, that spirit of collaboration continues with the launch of New Media New Mexico, which is planned to become an annual series of events celebrating new media arts around the state.

The 2014 collaboration kicks of with the Digital Latin America Opening Weekend Symposium and events in Albuquerque June 6-8 and then programs continue through the summer. The three-week CURRENTS 2014 Festival opens the following week, June 13. The lead venues in each city, 516 ARTS in Albuquerque and El Museo Cultural in Santa Fe, are connected by the Rail Runner Express train. It is a short walk to 516 ARTS from the station in Downtown Albuquerque, and the train arrives at the Santa Fe Railyard Plaza, the home of El Museo Cultural.

Come to both events to experience cutting edge, experimental, innovative, playful and poetic new work from around the globe, including interactive and fine art video installations, single channel videos, multimedia performances and web-based art forms to name a few, along with panels, workshops and presentations by world-renowned artists.


June 6 – 8:
ALBUQUERQUE: Digital Latin America Opening Weekend Symposium & Events

SYMPOSIUM: Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8 , 10am – 5pm
at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
2000 Mountain Rd. NW, Old Town, Albuquerque
Admission: $55 general / $50 516 ARTS members / $25 students
Symposium Registration: www.regonline.com/DLA

at 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave. SW & outdoors on Central between 5th & 6th
Downtown Albuquerque
(exhibition continues through August 30)
Visit 516 Arts for information about the multi-site exhibition, opening symposium, Downtown Block Party, and public programs throughout the summer.

June 13 – 29: SANTA FE:
CURRENTS 2014: Santa Fe International New Media Festival

FESTIVAL OPENING: Friday, June 13, 6pm – midnight
at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe on the Santa Fe Railyard Plaza
30,000 sq. ft. of New Media Arts and Multimedia Performances in El Museo
Video Installations, Performances and DJs in the Railyard Plaza
Visit Currents 2014 for the complete schedule of exhibition/event listings and locations of venues across Santa Fe during the 17-day Festival.

Take the Rail Runner Express for Two Weekend Tours

Saturday, June 21, 11am
CURRENTS 2014 Guided Tour at El Museo Cultural, Santa Fe
Railrunner train departs Downtown Albuquerque at 8:58am
Arrives in the Santa Fe Railyard at 10:29am.

Saturday, June 28, 1pm
Digital Latin America Guided Tour at 516 ARTS, Albuquerque
Railrunner train departs Santa Fe at 10:44am
Arrives in DowntownAlbuquerque at 12:12pm.

Rail Runner Express Saturday Schedule


Digital Latin America explores the North/South axis of cultural development and exchange between Latin America and the United States. It looks at the ways in which artists negotiate the complex terrain between global and local, virtual and real, and political and private, in the creation of work that proposes alternative understandings of technology, art and cultural exchange. Among the 16 artists featured in the multi-site Digital Latin America exhibition are Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Mexico/Canada), Cantoni & Crescenti (Brazil) and Oscar Muñoz (Colombia). Presenting partners are 516 ARTS, Albuquerque Museum of Art & History, UNM Art Museum and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

CURRENTS 2014 brings together the work of 95 established, unrecognized and emerging new media artists including Jorg Staeger (Germany), Luftwerk (Chicago) and Jane Tingley (Canada), just to name a few. The Festival introduces the public to new technologies molded by artists into vehicles for expression and the communication of ideas, broadening the definition of 21st century art making and fostering a more expansive use of technology. The Festival is enjoyed by a broad demographic – children spinning through the galleries reveling in interactive new media – seniors contemplating image and meaning – working class families – and savvy collectors.


Currents 2014
Frank Ragano & Mariannah Amster, Parallel Studios

Digital Latin America CURRENTS 2014
Suzanne Sbarge & Teresa Buscemi, 516 ARTS
suzanne@516arts.org • teresa@516arts.org

Jun 112014

cca santa fe

CCA presents SHEBANG! an all-day party celebrating CCA’s 35th anniversary on June 14th.

please contact volunteer@ccasantafe.org to help out.

As the longest running contemporary arts organization in the Southwest, CCA (and Santa Fe) have a lot to celebrate! This all day event provides entertainment, fun, and local food and drinks for the whole family alongside CCA’s award- winning film and art programs. Experience the best of CCA for FREE with birthday cake served throughout the day.

WHAT: CCA’s 35th birthday celebration Free films, site-specific dance performances, local bands, food trucks, local beer, wine and spirits. Art activities for the whole family. The opening of three new exhibitions.

WHO: *See below for list of music, vendors, activities and more.

WHERE: Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, 1050 Old Pecos Trail.

WHEN: June 14, 2014, 11AM – 7PM


SPONSORED BY: Century Bank, The Rothstein Law Firm, The Street Food Institute, TAI Modern

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: Outside In, CENTER, Currents, The National Guard, St Johns College, Only Green Design, FUZE, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Folk Art Museum, The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, Federal Dancers, Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce, Hutton Broadcasting, Axle Contemporary.



  • 1:00PM – Alohi & the Freelife
  • 2:00PM – Wagogo
  • 3:00PM – Floozy
  • 4:00PM – Nick Pena of La Junta
  • 5:00PM – Pollo Frito
  • 6:00PM – Broomdust Caravan


  • Newly restored Charlie Chaplin films set to live music, featuring live music accompaniment, in the CCA Cinematheque.




Art and Activities:

  • Axle Mobile Gallery – Axle will be showing an exhibition of prints on paper by Woody Vasulka and Steina. Included are Steina’s Pyrospheres (published by edition handwerk) and a series by Woody (published by Axle Contemporary) in which he repurposes technological material from the Los Alamos National Labs as a base to explore creative obliteration and reconstruction. Also included are prints by the Steina, Woody, and Rob Shaw collaboration: JARMARK, from 2011.
  • Only Green Design – Green architecture activities.
  • El Rancho de las Golondrinas – Demonstrations and kid’s activities.
  • CENTER and Santa Fe Photographic Workshops – Photo booth.
  • Parker Jennings – Interactive Radio Room
  • Air Force artist, Lee Montgomery – Drone flying demonstration.
  • Federal Dancers – Site-specific dance.
  • FUZE – Food Tastings.
  • National Guard – Kid’s Activities.
  • Folk Art Museum – Kids Activities.
  • Street Artists from New Mexico and Arizona create a mural on CCA’s campus.
  • CCA History Project Video Booth – Tell your CCA stories in our video booth located in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery.


Saturday, June 14, 11am – 7pm.
May 292014

Marking both her 75th birthday and three decades of living and working in New Mexico, Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on June 6, 2014 and runs through October 12, 2014.

PUBLIC RECEPTION: Friday, June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 PM, hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. Free and open to the public.

Judy Chicago, The Return of the Butterfly

Judy Chicago, The Return of the Butterfly

The exhibition will focus on both large-scale public projects and smaller scale personal artworks, and will be among the first to spotlight recent works by Judy Chicago.

Like many artists before her, Chicago has made New Mexico her home; when this exhibition opens she will have lived and worked in New Mexico for three decades – a longer stay for the artist than in her birthplace of Chicago (which inspired the last name she gave herself) or in California where she first made her mark as an artist and educator. Based in Belen, NM, where she and her husband renovated the old Belen Hotel, Chicago has said, “Until we moved into the Belen Hotel, I never owned any property as I didn’t want the responsibility – what I wanted was the freedom to work. And that’s what New Mexico has given me, far away from the centers of the art world (i.e., New York and LA) where the international art market presses down on artists and makes it difficult to pursue a personal vision like my own.”

Chicago gained broad public attention in the late 1970s for her monumental feminist installation, The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago, now permanently installed as part of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.  While her early works gave voice to women’s experience in western art and history these later works broaden the discourse to propose a moral and thoughtful existence – one empathetic towards other humans, other species and the planet as a whole.

Local Color focuses on artworks made in New Mexico, those both large in theme and those more personal in use and content.  Drawn from the artist’s studio, the New Mexico Museum of Art collection, and private collectors, this exhibition features works from the series PowerPlay, Holocaust Project, Nuclear Waste(d), Resolutions: A Stich in Time and Kitty City.  Never one to pull back from controversial discussion, in these works Chicago addresses the complexity of gender, injustice, inequality, the atrocities of war, and the environmental costs of nuclear dependence.

The installation will not only highlight the broad range of topics the artist has addressed in her work but also the broad range of media she has worked in with the inclusion of cast bronze, needlework, stained and painted glass, works on paper, and painted porcelain.

Local Color: Judy Chicago in New Mexico 1984-2014 is one of a series of exhibitions, events, and publishing activities around the country marking the artist’s 75th birthday. More information may be found here: https://app.box.com/s/vr4opvked6uljhyj5clq.

Among the museums where Chicago’s work is in the permanent collections are the British Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Getty Trust, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the National Gallery, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

IMAGE CAPTION: Judy Chicago, The Return of the Butterfly, from A Retrospective in a Box, 2012, Lithograph, New Mexico Museum of Art; museum purchase, 2013

May 212014


spread site santa feSITE Santa Fe is excited to announce that the fifth SPREAD community dinner will be held on Friday, October 24, 2014, 7pm at the Santa Fe Farmers Market.

For our fifth SPREAD cycle, we invite studio artists currently working in New Mexico to apply. Applications this cycle will not be project-based, but will focus on artistic merit and innovation. Finalists will be selected based on past work as well as future promise. Past SPREAD applicants have always included a number of artists with a studio-based practice, and this year we would like to acknowledge that rich community. The SPREAD grant may be used to support ongoing work, including materials and supplies, studio rent, framing costs and other professional fees.


The SPREAD 5.0 application period opens Monday, June 2 and will continue through Sunday, July 6. More info on the application process, including a downloadable preview of the new application, can be found here.


SITE Santa Fe’s SPREAD is a micro-granting initiative that provides small grants for innovative projects and artworks conceived by New Mexico-based artists. SPREAD is a recurring public dinner designed to generate community-driven financial support to fund artistic innovation.


At a large community dinner, guests pay a sliding scale entrance fee (starting at $15), for which they will receive dinner and a ballot. During dinner, the SPREAD audience will hear short proposals from up to eight artists for innovative and yet-to-be-realized new projects. Diners will then cast their votes for their favorite project. At the end of dinner, the artist whose proposal receives the most votes will be awarded all the funds collected at the door to realize their project.

The inaugural SPREAD event, held on March 18, 2011, raised $7,722 in proceeds from the door, which was then given to the winning artist group, Meow Wolf, to support their installation The Due Return at the Center for Contemporary Art. Since then, SPREAD has awarded over $22,000 to New Mexico artists. Past winners also include Jason Jaacks, Cut+Paste Society, and Axle Contemporary. For more info on the previous finalists and winners, click here.

If you have questions, please use the contact form on the SPREAD website, accessible here. No phone calls, please.