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“Untitled 96 (Version 1),” 2005, mixed media
Floyd D. Tunson
“Untitled 96 (Version 1),” 2005, mixed media

Arts

Pop Life

Inevitable reflections of the artist as a black man

Explosive color and pop-art sensibilities inform the work of Floyd D. Tunson.
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“Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude
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courtesy of the Tom Golden Collection, Sonoma County Museum
“Mein Kölner Dom, Wrapped” by Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Arts

A Peek Into Process

Christo gives a talk about innovation and invention

An artist in every sense of the word, Christo started with ideas, put them on sketches, collages and diagrams, then made them into three dimensional installations that took over large plots of land.
“Morning Cup”
all paintings by Eric G. Thompson
“Morning Cup”

Arts

“The Painter’s Vision Is Not a Lens”

New work by Eric G. Thompson comes alive

Photorealistic paintings are not a crime. These new works by Eric G. Thompson shimmer with captured energy.

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Ronald Chavez aka Dreamer

Arts

Their Hearts Into Art

Incarcerated students’ work exhibits ingenuity and passion

Where Juli Cobb teaches, the school uniform is orange, the attendance rate is almost perfect, and the atmosphere can be stressful, to say the least.
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“A Second Life” by Karl Hofmann
“A Second Life” by Karl Hofmann

Arts

Blossoming Impossibly

Three Harwood artists celebrate springtime

Spring swept in late this year, bringing with it an energetic chaos of uplifting art.
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Doña Mariana Belsunse y Salasar
Brooklyn Museum, gift of Mrs. L.H. Shearman
“Doña Mariana Belsunse y Salasar,” 18th century, attributed to Pedro José Diaz

Arts

What to Wear in New Spain

Behind Closed Doors peeks into the fashion and elitism of the past

Conspicuous consumption isn’t new. Behind Closed Doors at the Albuquerque Museum explores how the privileged upper classes of New Spain wanted others to view and revere them.
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The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe
Matt Wright
The Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe

Arts

Saddle Up: Moving Forward, Looking Back travels the Old Spanish Trail

Janire Nájera apparently likes her road trips 19th-century-style. The Spanish photojournalist and curator is taking a cue from Antonio Armijo—who laid the groundwork for successful trade along what's now known as the Old Spanish Trail when he successfully hoofed it from New Mexico to California and back (and managed to make a profit in the process)—with a voyage through northern New Mexico, parts of Utah and Arizona, and into Southern California. For the journey, Nájera's own pack animal of choice is an RV from 1984, a bit of an upgrade from the 100 mules of Armijo's trip in 1829-1830. Her goals are social and artistic in nature as she explores, according to the description on her website, how “the traditions of the first settlers [of European descent] ... have merged with domestic cultures, influencing the creation and identity of today's pueblos and modern cities.”

Nájera's journey began in Santa Fe on March 10, and she's already building a fascinating portrait of modern-day descendants of our region's Spanish heritage. See Nájera's video below featuring Julia Gómez talking about the famous Colcha stitch, and her latest blog entry has another great one with Santa Fe hairdresser Faustino Herrera de Vargas, entirely in Spanish, speaking about his storied life.

Follow Janire Nájera's travels along the Old Spanish Trail at her blog Looking Forward, Moving Back, and keep a weather eye out for the book and photography exhibit that will be the eventual result.

Upcycle your denim at Hip Stitch with the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild
courtesy of Linda Hamlin
Upcycle your denim at Hip Stitch with the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild

Arts

Quilt While You’re Still Ahead

Who will reign supreme when vicious rivals the Heritage Farm Quilters and the Albuquerque Modern Quilt Guild—armed with titanium shears and topstitch needles—clash in their upcoming battle to the death?
Savory Fare sandwich
Eric Williams ericwphoto.com

Restaurant Review

Beyond the Pastry Case

Savory Fare offers an indoor picnic’s worth of food

A Heights shop with indoor-picnic appeal.
Zendo double exposure
Photos by Manan Tevosyan
Zendo double exposure

Arts

A Question of Scale

Laila Weeks closing reception at Zendo

Laila Weeks’ current collection uses only one color—an eyeball-scorching shade of red acrylic—and a bit of ink and acid-etched metal. And yet it's impossible not to stare.
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