The sheer quantity of events and exhibits planned for Los Desaparecidos/The Disappeared makes the collaboration noteworthy—and I'm willing to bet it's quality, too. This three-month-long series of exhibitions, films, readings, lectures, workshops, master classes and panel discussions is based on the lives and artistic works of those affected by a military-controlled Latin America. Los Desaparecidos is the collaborative work of the Disappeared Collaborative Project (DCP)—a regional partnership of nine Santa Fe and Albuquerque art and documentary organizations. The opening event is a conversation between Laurel Reuter, chief curator and founding director of the North Dakota Museum of Art, and Lawrence Weschler, essayist in The Disappeared catalogue and writer for The New Yorker, on Friday, Oct. 12, at the Lensic Theater (211 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe, 505-988-1234) at 7 p.m. The main exhibition of the same name opens on Friday at SITE Santa FE (1606 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, 505-989-1199) with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Also opening (daunting isn't it?) on Friday is Antonio Frasconi and War Paint at The Institute of American Indian Arts Museum (108 Cathedral, Santa Fe, 505-983-8900) with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Both exhibits will be on display through Jan. 20, 2008. Keep an eye here for a review of one of these shows soon—I'll be sure to let you know if they're worth the drive to Santa Fe. (Again, I'm betting they are.) For more info until then, visit www.thedisappearedsantafe.org.
Albuquerque's very own super-fun science museum, ¡explora! (1701 Mountain NW, 224-8300), opened two new exhibits: Systems in Motion/Sistemas en Movimiento and My Chain Reaction/Mi Reacción en Cadena. The kind folks over there sent me an invite to their after-hours, secret media-and-board members-only party. I brought along one of my young friends, Sage, who turned 9 not long ago. Going to ¡explora! alone isn't nearly as much fun. My Chain Reaction/Mi Reacción en Cadena was Sage's favorite thing in the whole museum—a room of gadgets and gears used in various Rube Goldberg-like contraptions which are customizable to match any imagination. Across the hall, Systems in Motion/Sistemas en Movimiento lets you play with gears and rods to make fun, moving mobiles. The exhibits will be open indefinitely, says Exhibits Director Betsy Adamson, but I wouldn't wait that long.