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 V.18 No.4 | January 22 - 28, 2009 

Culture Shock

While listening to “Studio 360” on the radio this morning (thank you, 89.1 KANW, for the awesomeness of your a.m. programming), I heard an interview with the poet Dana Gioia, departing chairperson for the National Endowment for the Arts. The program centered on artists' recommendations and wish lists for President Obama (say it with me, it's not a dream). Artists of all stripes are excited by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys. It's become rote to say that America doesn't privilege art, but that's not necessarily endemic to our national character. Aside from Roosevelt's WPA program, Eisenhower recognized the importance of “soft diplomacy,” one that privileged cultural exchange, necessitating the development of our own artistic culture. Both Kennedy and Johnson were fierce proponents of arts funding as part of initiatives toward the realization of the New Frontier and Great Society. By the '80s, however, art had come to be seen as extraneous, or worse, un-American. My hard-earned tax dollars for a crucifix in a bottle of piss? Hell, no!

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Book Profile

A Necessary History of Beautiful Things

Nancy Benson’s New Mexico Colcha Club: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Women Who Saved It

When the first settlers made their way from Spain to what is now New Mexico in the early 1600s, they brought with them the essentials: sheep, seeds and fine embroidery. Embroidered textiles in some permutation or another are a part of nearly every culture, and New Mexico’s traditional embroidery, known as colcha, sprang from the detailed work found in Europe and hauled over an ocean to New Spain.

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Art News

Pins and Needles

Albuquerque tattoo artists unite

The way Noel Ortiz gushes about the tattoo culture in Albuquerque, you’d think his body was covered in ink.

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Courtesy of Noah McLaurine

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 2)

Reaching a Crescendo

[Tension-Building Music] Opening Reception

The recent work of Noah McLaurine, featuring photographs of public lands and monuments in New Mexico. Runs through 11/5.
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EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 2)

Building Bridges

Bridge: Arts and Social Justice

Three exibitions centered around photography, cultural traditions and sculpture. Runs through 9/29.
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Courtesy of Southwest Print Fiesta's Facebook

EVENT HORIZON (Saturday, Sep 3)

Ready, Set, Print

Southwest Print Fiesta

This inagural event will feature original fine art prints, letterpress creations and printed wearables. Local and regional artists and studios will be demonstrating, producing and selling their works.
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Today's Events

Immersion performance in which audience members follow actors through Meow Wolf, eventually settling in the stage area.

New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus Auditions at Sandia High School

AMP Concert: Souren Baronian and Paul Brown at Special Collections Library

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