By Steven Robert Allen
Photasmic—A pair of magnifying glasses is tacked to the wall with strings. One can be used to examine David Hoyt's “Yin,” the other his “Yang.” This is thoughtful of Hoyt, because his pair of black and white photos, encased in matching elaborate gilded wood frames, is minuscule. “Yin” depicts a vase of blooming flowers with tiny naked baby dolls floating in the air above the petals, too tiny to even notice without the aid of the glass. “Yang” depicts the same flowers, withered, the baby dolls crashed to the ground around the base of the striped vase.
The Downtown Contemporary Art Center's second annual Contemporary Photo Arts Exhibit is filled with many such surprises. Eighteen New Mexican photographers, from well-known ones like Oscar Lozoya to relative unknowns like Las Cruces high school art teacher Faith Purvey, present a fascinating breadth of work created with a range of photographic techniques. Definitely give this show an hour or two of your precious time. It's hanging through the end of the month. The center is located at 105 Fourth Street SW. 242-1983.
Enter the Chamber—The 34th installment of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival kicks off this Sunday, featuring everything from old standards to world premieres of cutting-edge contemporary work. The festival runs through Aug. 21. For details, go to www.sfcmf.org.
Repent—Ruben Archuleta, author of Land of the Penitentes, will deliver a personalized lecture on the brotherhood this Saturday, July 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Special Collections Library, located on the corner of Edith and Central. Archuleta will share stories about the origins of the Penitentes along with newspaper articles and artifacts from his collection. For more information, call 848-1376.
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