volume XXVIII, no VII
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One of the great fixtures of a Santa Fe summer is Santa Fe Opera, who recently announced the cancellation of its 2020 season due to the pandemic. Since we can't go see the stunning sets in person, we're revisiting our SFO behind-the-scenes series, which has profiled the champions who make up the Opera's scene, props, and costume shops, and detail the way they turn dream-like ideas into dream-like realities.
Southwest Contemporary has compiled a list of resources that may be useful to our community members at this time. This list will be updated as new information and new resources become available. Check out the most recent updates as of May 20!
In a letter author George Saunders wrote to his creative writing students at Syracuse University, he discusses the importance of paying attention and recording this time. That this is the time the world needs our eyes and ears, for later it is our records that will tell the stories of the 2020 pandemic. So, with that in mind, we've gathered some ideas to inspire and guide taking notes, processing, and creating. Making the records. Making some art.
In this week's edition of "Uncharted," artist Mira Burack talks about the opportunity we have to reevaluate our relationships with time and space, with earth and rest as we enter into the third month of the pandemic in the United States: "Each person has to ask themselves, 'What is going to be most nurturing and comforting to me?' Everyone can respond to that in different ways."
Richard Levy Gallery presents New Work: Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, a solo exhibition of colorful minimal pieces by Jeff Kellar. He creates beautiful surfaces through the application of many layers of acrylic resin and clay pigment onto paper, aluminum panels, and woodblocks. Each layer is methodically sanded and buffed leaving the surface smooth and modulated. Playing with illusion, ambiguity, and space, Kellar uses these ultra-flat surfaces to form dimensional compositions.
The Weekly 5x5 is Southwest Contemporary's weekly email newsletter with our top five picks of things to do for the next five days. At least that's what it was until our to-dos became homebound during the COVID-19 pandemic. We're now sharing five things to enjoy from home, and this week we are focused on creative activities for kids in quarantine captivity.
This exhibition is the culmination of Tonee Harbert's first nine months at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence program. A photography exhibition that shows the southeast New Mexico landscape with surreal and melancholy beauty, and is relevant during the pandemic, showing an absence of people, while referencing marks of humanity on the landscape.
"Uncharted” is a new interview series created in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we catch up with Merry Scully, Head of Curatorial Affairs at the New Mexico Museum of Art about working from home, translating the work of the museum to the web, and her hopeful outlook.
"Uncharted" is a new interview series created in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. First up, we're talking to Pauline Kamiyama, Director of the Santa Fe Arts and Culture Department, to see how the Department is navigating this unprecedented health crisis and how it is working to serve the rest of the community.
Southwest Contemporary will continue to serve our community by sharing information, resources, and connections, and supporting arts businesses, organizations, and artists as best we can during this time. However, we need you, our readers and community members, to help us weather this storm.
Photography Portfolio, Memphis Barbree