Art Exhibits

Every six months SAR exhibits new work in the hallway of the administration building. Here is a listing that includes the current and past exhibits.

Current Art Exhibit
Untitled work on paper by Qincy Tahoma, Diné (Navajo), 1944.Art Exhibit—Lenora's Legacy: Recognizing Artistry in Native American Easel PaintingJanuary 1, 2016–May 31, 2016Lenora Scott Muse Curtain was part of a family of women who supported and encouraged Native artists. She was taught by her mother, Eva Scott Fényes, a prolific artist herself, to appreciate other artistic talents. As a young woman, Fényes began commissioning work from the artists she admired. Curtain magnified her and Fényes’s collection, focusing it into five major themes: Koshares, Animals, Ceremonies, Home Life, and Miscellany.

Past Art Exhibits
‟Thread”Art Exhibit—Thread, Paintings by Jason SalazarAugust 1, 2013–January 1, 2014On the surface, inspiration for Thread was drawn from the musings of a four-year old girl, the forgotten ballad of a heavy-metal band, and the need to create paintings, but there is more to it than that. Jason Salazar’s use of animals symbolizes power, innocence, strength, and vulnerability, connecting the paradoxes of human existence with a stroke of mystery.
Belfast youth, Falls Road, at Rockville StreetPhotography Exhibit—A Certain Peace: Acceptance and Defiance in Northern IrelandMarch 1, 2013–July 25, 2013A Certain Peace: Acceptance and Defiance in Northern Ireland illuminates two competing objects of desire in contemporary Northern Ireland: one for social change needed to complement Belfast’s role as a member of the European Union, and one for political-sectarian status quo to ensure loyalty to historic precedence. Paradoxically, whether it’s social breakthrough or social obedience, pictorial evidence suggests neither object is likely to prove easy to achieve or utopian if achieved.
Untitled Pinhole 5Photography Exhibit—Underscore_Views: Photograms, Pinhole_Photographs, and Stereoscopic_ViewsJuly 27, 2012–February 28, 2013Now in its second century of operation, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) is excited to announce an exhibit that showcases photographic processes from its early beginnings. In the early twentieth century, many photographers and artists utilized processes and techniques like photograms to make ethereal images with light-sensitive materials such as photographic paper, pinhole cameras to capture a unique angle of architecture, and stereoscopic cameras to help the viewers remember forgotten places of past centuries. In Underscore_Views: Photograms, Pinhole_Photographs, and Stereoscopic_Views, three SAR staff members, who are also photographers (Jessica Calzada, Jon Lewis, and Jason S. Ordaz), evoke these processes from the twentieth century and share provocative moments of the twenty-first.
Detail of Camera Obscura in the SAR BoardroomA Rare Viewing at SAR: First-ever Camera Obscura in the BoardroomFriday, September 14, 2012For the first time since it was built in the 1920s, the historic living room at El Delirio—the name given to the estate by its owners, Martha Root White and Amelia Elizabeth White, after their favorite bar in Spain—was transformed into a camera obscura. Coinciding with the recently installed photography exhibit Underscore Views, the rare viewing was likely one of the grandest camera obscuras ever seen in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Esequiel’s Horse, Los OjuelosPhotography Exhibit—A Chimayó Pilgrimage, by Don J. UsnerAugust 15–December 2, 2011Every trip I take to Chimayó is a pilgrimage, and I go there often. I’m not alone in making the journey. Thousands visit there every year, most of them intent on touching hallowed ground at the Santuario, a nineteenth-century adobe church built by my ancestors in the plaza of Potrero.
Busy Market, Freetown, Sierra LeonePhotography Exhibit—Freetown, Sierra Leone by Julie GraberAugust 12–October 1, 2010Photojournalists say that the most compelling pictures are of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, or extraordinary people doing ordinary things. Julie Graber’s 2003 images from Freetown, Sierra Leone do both.
Celebrate! The Parties of El DelirioCelebrate! The Parties of El Delirio: Featuring Photos from the Santa Fe Estate of Elizabeth and Martha White, 1926–1950March 5–June 1, 2010Amelia Elizabeth White (1878–1972), daughter of newspaper publisher Horace White, grew up on the upper east side of Manhattan, studied classics at Bryn Mawr College, and made frequent trips to Europe. Her younger sister Martha, also a Bryn Mawr graduate, accompanied Elizabeth on her travels, which included a trip to Santa Fe in 1923. They fell in love with the town, purchased land, and decided to make it their home.
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