By Erin Adair-Hodges
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by the possibilities of this new administration; a commander in chief who confessed to not being a big reader has been replaced by one who is photographed with books of poetry tucked under his arm, his hands being full with BlackBerrys.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!
A Necessary History of Beautiful Things
Nancy Benson’s New Mexico Colcha Club: Spanish Colonial Embroidery and the Women Who Saved It
By Erin Adair-Hodges
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.
Pins and Needles
Albuquerque tattoo artists unite
By Simon McCormack
The way Noel Ortiz gushes about the tattoo culture in Albuquerque, you’d think his body was covered in ink.
Mouthpiece Performance Festival: Bright and Pitch
By Maggie Grimason
A local performance festival with live music, puppetry and more from interdisciplinary artists.
Courtesy of Dahli Delia's Instagram
By Megan Reneau
Jayy Von Monroe of Blood on the Dance Floor performs as his alter-ego Dahli Delia, featuring Candy Rose, Lola Turner, Billy D. Andrews and Ramiyah Devereaux.
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