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 May 24 - 30, 2012 
Desert Dancing

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Desert Dancing

VSA’s regional series returns with Whitman, war and psychology

By Christie Chisholm
Meshi Chavez moved to Portland, Ore., at the age of 18. Sixteen years later, he’s returning with We Two Boys to Wild Dancing West, VSA North Fourth Art Center’s contemporary dance festival. Now in its seventh year, Wild Dancing West is “the sibling of Global DanceFest,” says Kearny, referring to VSA’s international spectacle that began in 2001. After celebrating dance from around the world, creators decided “it was important to also focus on contemporary dance happening in our region,” she says. 

Book Review

Show Me the Way to Go Home

Toni Morrison’s tale of siblings searching for solace has character but lacks resolution

Review by Sam Adams
Like pretty much everything else she's written, Morrison's most recent novel is a work of historical fiction deeply ingrained in social injustices. Home’s story revolves around brother and sister Frank and Ycidra (aka "Cee") Money, who grew up in the destitute shantytown of Lotus, Ga. It was a place where, as Frank says in one of the book's many internal monologues, "There was no goal other than breathing, nothing to win and, save for somebody else's quiet death, nothing to survive or worth surviving for."
“Oranges, Box, and Painting on Door” by John Chervinsky
Courtesy of Richard Levy Gallery

Culture Shock

By Sam Adams

Last Saturday Arts Crawl

John Chervinsky's Frames of Reference is an exquisite contemplation on the interplay between scientific principles and their worldly manifestations. In one of the series' subsets, Studio Physics, the Harvard applied physics professor went to great lengths for his final photographic prints. Chervinsky set up studio still lifes, then photographed portions of them. He mailed those photos to a painting factory in China and incorporated the reproductions of his photos by anonymous artists back into the still lifes. Elements of decay (a bowl of rotten bananas half covered by a painted “before” version of the ripe fruit) exhibit the enigma of impermanence in a visually straightforward way.

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Courtesy of Noah McLaurine

EVENT HORIZON (Friday, Sep 2)

Reaching a Crescendo

[Tension-Building Music] Opening Reception

By Maggie Grimason
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

By Maggie Grimason
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

By Megan Reneau
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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