2019 Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellow, Ian Kuali’i takes the stage on August 8, 2019, in SAR’s Eric S. Dobkin Boardroom to share about his fellowship experience. Through hand-cut paper works and ephemeral Land Art/Earth Works installations, Kuali’i bridges contemporary and traditional techniques and designs while addressing themes related to his own history and identity, as well as what he expresses as “intertwined system of bio-cultural landscape and modernization”
“It may ruffle feathers, but diversity means there’s a different way of doing things. If you want buy-in from the Native communities, you have to listen to them.” —Teri Greeves, SAR’s 2003 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native artist fellow, quoted in a recent New York Times article exploring the current Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit, Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists.
Ruined great houses, corn kernels and bones—these are just some of the archeological fragments that have offered researchers new insights into how Middle San Juan Puebloan peoples lived in the 12th and 13th centuries. Featured earlier this year in the Santa Fe New Mexican’s Pasatiempo, the book Aztec, Salmon, and the Puebloan Heartland of the Middle San Juan covers these topics and more as eleven contributing writers examine new evidence that helps shed light on the settlements.
2016-2017 Anne Ray intern, Nina Sanders, shares her reflections on an ongoing collaboration with the Field Museum in Chicago.
Kelli Jo Ford, SAR’s 2016 Indigenous writer in residence’s Crooked Hallelujah will be published by Grove Atlantic in 2020, and one of the stories received the 2019 Plimpton Prize for Fiction from the Paris Review. Read more about Ford’s project and time at SAR.
SAR Announces 2019-2020 Resident Scholars: C.J. Alvarez, Patricia Crown, Rashmi Sadana, Fátima Suárez, and Davina Two Bears.
“The Hounds of El Delirio,” Celebrating 80 Years of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter at the School for Advanced Research
Join us where it all began, on the historic estate of Elizabeth and Martha White and help celebrate 80 years of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Drop in at any time from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to enjoy refreshments and explore the nearly eight acres of developed grounds and gardens throughout the afternoon. Take a self-guided tour of the School for Advanced Research’s canine-related highlights including the original kennels, a dog cemetery, and artwork of the sisters’ beloved pets. Stop by the Shelter’s adoption truck and consider providing a new home to a pet in need. Hear from Nancy Owen Lewis in her talk, “The Hounds of El Delirio” and more.
SAR Announces 2019-2020 Native American Artist Fellows: Ian Kuali’i , Timothy Edaakie , and Leah Mata Fragua.
New York Times best-selling author Nicholas Carr presents “Minds in the Net: The Journey from Page to Screen” as this year’s Creative Thought Forum annual president’s lecture. Carr addresses how digital media shapes our thoughts and perceptions, as well as the ways we communicate. To put this into context, he draws a contrast with the media technology that the computer screen has supplanted: the printed page.
SAR is proud to present Rocking the Boat: Innovation as Tradition, a four-part speaker series highlighting the Indian Arts Research Center’s former Native artist fellows and extended community (April 3, 2019 – April 24, 2019). Artists in this year’s programs explore how honoring tradition requires the capacity to preserve the old, and the ability to innovate and integrate new creativity.
Committed to preserving heirloom seeds and traditional forms of Indigenous food preparation, Anthropologist Elizabeth Hoover (Mohawk/Mi’kmaq) has dedicated the last decade to exploring Native American food practices and environmental justice. In a recent interview in...
2019 J. I. Staley Prize Winner – Government of Paper: The Materiality of Bureaucracy in Urban Pakistan
Cities are shaped as much by paper and rubber stamps as they are by bricks and mortar, argues Matthew Hull in Government of Paper. By tracing the unexpected ways in which documents travel, he exposes the secret life of paper that profoundly shapes the built landscape of the planned city of Islamabad, and more broadly, gives us new ways of understanding bureaucracy on a global scale.
The School for Advanced Research joins the community in mourning the loss of John S. Catron.
Director of SAR’s scholar programs, Paul Ryer, shares stories from his research into what it means to be Cuban and how residents of Cuba perceive the world and their role in it.
From “Garden Warriors” to “Good Seeds” – Indigenizing the Local Food Movement with anthropologist Elizabeth Hoover
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to host anthropologist Elizabeth Hoover for an exploration of seed sovereignty and how issues like global climate change are influencing farming and food practices in Native American communities. Drawing on extensive visits to thirty-nine Native American food and farming heritage projects—including several in New Mexico—and formal and informal interviews with chefs, farm owners, growers, and community members, Hoover’s current work will serve as one of the first comprehensive multi-site ethnographies of the Native American food sovereignty movement.
Best-Selling Book by SAR Alumnus Challenges Traditional Narratives of Native America and Underscores the Achievements of Indians in Contemporary Culture.
A new, widely acclaimed book by SAR scholar alumnus David Treuer is challenging long-held views of the state of Native America. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee, argues that Dee Brown’s famous history of Native American dispossession and genocide, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, perpetuates a mistaken impression of the situation of American Indians today.
Creative Thought Forum speakers preview their upcoming lecture in an interview with Mary Charlotte Domandi. Anna Sofaer and colleagues share stories about how the use of LiDAR technology and 3D modeling are revealing evidence of roads and structures throughout the Four-Corners area.
On a recent Saturday afternoon, Coffee and Culture radio host, Richard Eeds,highlighted SAR’s history, programs, and upcoming events including the sold-out lecture with archaeoastronomer Anna Sofaer scheduled for January 24, 2019.
Brian Vallo, four-year director of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research resigned on Friday January 4, 2019. Starting immediately, Vallo will assume the role of Acoma Pueblo’s governor.
Exploring Personal and Collective Loss in Poetry and Fiction: Casandra Lopez Receives Artist Trust Award
This week, the Washington nonprofit, Artist Trust, announced Casandra Lopez, SAR’s 2013 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence, as the recipient of the 2018 James W. Ray Venture Project award. Given to two individuals annually, the award honors creatives who the Trust believes demonstrate exceptional originality.
Gordon Lee Johnson writes primarily to tell the stories of today’s California Indian, but he is also interested in addressing the universal human condition. Johnson was SAR’s 2017 Indigenous Writer-in-Residence and was recently featured in a Los Angeles Times article on California Native American artists and the struggle to preserve their culture in the modern world.
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) is pleased to share exciting new developments on one of North America’s most influential archeological sites in the next Creative Thought Forum lecture. Anna Sofaer and her collaborators at the Solstice Project, Richard Friedman and Robert Weiner, present Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: Insights into the Chaco World Using New Technologies, Thursday, January 24, 2018, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the James A. Little Theater, Santa Fe.
The School for Advanced Research joins the community in mourning the loss of Betty Vortman. Michael F. Brown, SAR President, notes, “Betty and her late husband, Luke, were tremendous supporters of SAR throughout their lifetimes. She was steadfast in her dedication to...
The base for Gerry Quotskuyva’s Gnarly Root Project is a four-foot section of raw cottonwood root that sat in his garage drying for over a decade. Large-form sculptures are new to the Sedona, AZ, artist who was featured recently in an Albuquerque Journal article.
The immersive film Voices of the Rainforest spans a day in the life of the Kaluli people in their Bosavi rainforest home in Papua New Guinea, highlighting the sounds of the animals, insects and natural world that the Kaluli believe speak of their ancestors.
Director of SAR’s Indian Arts Research Center Collaborates with Field Museum of Chicago on Native North American Hall Revamp
SAR is honored to announce that its Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) director Brian Vallo will play an integral role as a community partner in plans to renovate and reimagine the Native North American Hall at the iconic Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Alaka Wali, the museum’s curator of North American anthropology explains in a recent announcement, “It’s not just a new exhibition—it represents a whole new way of thinking.” The revised approach involves working with community partners who will be advisors in the development of the exhibit.
In 2017, the School for Advanced Research awarded Acoma designer, Loren Aragon, with the Ronald and Susan Dubin Fellowship. While at SAR Aragon developed new work that continues his style of merging contemporary aesthetics with imagery inspired by his own...
"In 1972, [Elizabeth White] left her estate to SAR. A gift that has become part of the remarkable legacy of two sisters who as good Bryn Mawrters came to Santa Fe in the 1920s with an agenda: to do good, to be strong, and to party on." - Nancy Owen Lewis...
Since the 1970s sociologist Kersti Yllö has been working in area of sexual assault that receives little attention. In 2016, she and anthropologist M. Gabriela Torres published an edited volume of new research addressing the topic. Marital Rape: Consent, Marriage and...
Jamila Bargach has spent the majority of her adult life working to improve the lives of women in her home country of Morocco. SAR is proud to have been a nine-month home for Bargach while she explored how a simple technology—a petroleum-based mesh strategically placed...