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President’s Circle field trip to San Estevan Feast Day at Acoma Pueblo, September 2017

President’s Circle Events

CURRENT PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE EVENTS

2019-2020


A Winter Party to Celebrate Creative Thought

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Priority given to members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, and President’s Circle.

Join fellow President’s Circle members, SAR President Michael Brown, and SAR Senior Scholar Dr. Dean Falk for a winter party celebrating creative thought. Dr. Falk will enlighten us on how Albert Einstein’s unusual brain and phenomenal intellectual creativity were based not only on his genes (nature) and upbringing (nurture), they were also the product of human evolution. Enjoy creative cuisine by Piñon Catering and mix your own creative cocktail concoction with Santa Fe Spirits. Creative cocktail attire encouraged.

The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
–Albert Einstein

RSVP by November 30 to Lindsay Archuleta at archuleta@sarsf.org or 505-954-7231.
Priority given to members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, and President’s Circle

Special thanks to Ken Stilwell, chair, President’s Circle; Piñon Catering; Santa Fe Spirits; and Chaine Santa Fe.

Dean Falk

Dean Falk

Dr. Dean Falk is a Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe and the Hale G. Smith Professor of Anthropology and a Distinguished Research Professor at Florida State University. She is a paleoanthropologist whose interests include brain evolution and the emergence of language, music, analytical thinking, and warfare in humans. She has directed research on the brains (or traces of them in fossilized skulls) of apes, prehistoric human relatives, and relatively recent humans including Homo floresiensis (aka “Hobbit”) and Albert Einstein. Her books include Braindance: Revised and Expanded Edition (2004), Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language (2009), and The Fossil Chronicles: How Two Controversial Discoveries Changed Our View of Human Evolution (2011). Falk’s most recent book, Geeks, Genes, and the Evolution of Asperger Syndrome (2018), is coauthored with her granddaughter, Eve Penelope Schofield. For additional information see: www.deanfalk.com

Join us to celebrate Creative Thought!

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE TRIP TO LOS ANGELES

New Directions: An Insider’s Look at Native American Collections

Date: Wednesday, January 22 – Saturday, January 25, 2020
Admission: Priority given to members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, and President’s Circle.

Please click here to reserve your spot today.

Join fellow President’s Circle members and SAR President Michael Brown for three days in Los Angeles.  Our hosts at the Autry Museum of the American West have planned a full day for us, both at its state-of-the-art, soon-to-open storage and conservation facility at the Autry Resource Center in Burbank and at the Museum itself in nearby Griffith Park. Close by we will also visit the Pasadena Museum of History, housed in the Fenyes Mansion, where the family who once lived in this historic home have a number of connections with Santa Fe and SAR.  The next day we head to the UCLA / Getty conservation lab, used by researchers as well as graduate students in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation, located on the campus of the Getty Villa overlooking the Pacific.  In addition to seeing this high-tech lab we will learn from one professor about how SAR Guidelines for Collaboration were developed and are used in teaching and research.  We will also see Native American collections at the Fowler Museum at UCLA and learn about the collections of the ancient Americas at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  Our base for three nights is the historic Hotel Normandie, located east of the Miracle Mile and west of downtown.

To view a tentative itinerary of the trip, please click here.

TOUR PRICE

Double Accommodation
Price per person in a Room with a King or two Double Beds: $2,080

Single Accommodation
Price per person in a Room with a King Bed: $2,430

Image above: The bell tower at the Autry Museum of the American West © Danielle Klebanow

PAST PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE EVENTS

2019


COLLECTIONS OF DISTINCTION
at the Historic Roque Lobato House
Home of Susan and Karl L. Horn

Date: Tuesday, July 23, 6:00-8:00PM
Admission: $75 per person, includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres
$25 per person for President’s Circle members

Tour the Roque Lobato House, known as one of Santa Fe’s “invisible” historic homes and now the home of Susan and Karl L. Horn, at our annual Collections of Distinction event. The residence, located across the street from Santa Fe’s Scottish Rite Center, dates back to the 18th century, and represents the birth of Santa Fe Style architecture. The wonderful core building is still extant as are additions made in the early 20th century by archaeologist and former SAR Director Sylvanus G. Morley. The Horns have restored the house beautifully and have put together a remarkable collection of art, including an ancient Puebloan pottery collection, as well as pieces by artist, builder, and furniture maker William Penhallow Henderson, also the architect of El Delirio, the estate that is now the site of SAR.

Generously hosted by Susan and Karl Horn.

Image above: Historic Roque Lobato House, library room. Image courtesy of Robert Reck Photography.

Summer Solstice at Forked Lightning Ranch

Date: Sunday, June 23, 5:00-8:00PM
Admission: Free event for members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, President’s Circle, and special guests.

Enjoy an evening at the historic Forked Lightning Ranch, now home to Kimberley and Scott Sheffield. The 2,300-acre ranch, formerly owned by Jane Fonda and Texas oil tycoon Buddy Fogelson and his wife, film actress Greer Garson, is sited magnificently along the Pecos River on ancestral Pueblo land related to the Jemez people. Sip cocktails overlooking the river and limestone cliffs at the River House, featured in 2014 in Architectural Digest, followed by a western style dinner buffet. Hear about the archaeology of the area, as well as the history of the Pecos Pueblo, known as Cicuye. View Estella Loretto’s Deer Dancer and learn more about SAR’s programs for Native American artists and community members. President’s Circle and Founders’ Society members are encouraged to bring up to two guests.

Generously hosted by Kimberley and Scott Sheffield.

Image above: Forked Lightning Ranch. Image courtesy of Swan Land Company.

PRESIDENT’S CIRCLE TRIP TO MINNEAPOLIS

Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists and Native Arts of Minnesota

Date: Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2, 2019
Admission: Priority given to members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, and President’s Circle.

Join SAR for a long weekend in Minneapolis to celebrate the opening of Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Co-curated by former SAR Artist Fellow Teri Greeves (Kiowa), this is the first major exhibition exploring the artistic achievements of Native women from all regions of North America. Trip highlights will also include a visit to the Native American storage collections at the Minnesota Historical Society; tours of a small but select collection of Mimbres pottery at the University of Minnesota’s Weisman Art Museum; an after-hours reception at Bockley Gallery, which represents award-winning Native American artists; visits to community-led galleries of contemporary Native American art; and an excursion to the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post.

Image above: Sisseton Dakota artist, Table cloth (detail), c. 1900; wool cloth, beads, brass, cotton; National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution (12/814). Photo by NMAI Photo Services and courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art (MIA).

2018


A Winter Party in the Rainforest

Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Admission: Priority given to members of the Board of Directors, Founders’ Society, and President’s Circle.

Join us for a Winter Party in the Rainforest. Enjoy island-inspired cuisine and a signature cocktail by Jambo Café. Hear from Dr. Steven Feld, SAR senior scholar, on his recent work documenting his immersive journey to Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region with an intimate portrayal of its people. Wear your tropical evening attire.

Special thanks to Ken Stilwell, chair, President’s Circle, as well as Leslie Shipman, Anne Chognard, and Barbara Seeley for event decorations.

 

Voices of the Rainforest

Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. VIP Reception for Board of Directors, President’s Circle, and Founders’ Society members by invitation only.
Admission: $125 ($100 tax deductible)
Proceeds support the advancement of knowledge and understanding of humanity through SAR’s scholar and artist programs. Seating is limited.

This ninety-minute documentary is an immersive journey into Papua New Guinea’s Bosavi rainforest region and an intimate portrayal of its people. The film was produced and directed by Steven Feld, current Senior Scholar at SAR who also received the 1991 MacArthur Fellowship and 2003 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and created in conjunction with Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and sound editor Dennis Leonard from the George Lucas Skywalker Sound studio. Be the first to see this spectacular film and experience the beauty of this often-isolated world. A conversation with the film’s creators will follow the screening. Each attendee will receive a personal CD of the audio track that inspired the film.

SAR Board of Directors, President’s Circle, and Founders’ Society members are invited to a pre-screening reception at Violet Crown from 5:30 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.

Thanks to Violet Crown Santa Fe for its generous support of this special event.

 

Breaking Boundaries: The Life and Work of Virgil Ortiz

Field Trip to Cochiti Pueblo

Date: Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 9:00am-4:00pm
Admission: Open to President’s Circle members, SAR Board of Directors, and special guests

Hailing from a family of celebrated Pueblo potters, Virgil Ortiz moves into a new era combining art, fashion, video and film at lightning speed. Ortiz, who works and lives in Cochiti Pueblo, New Mexico, is one of the most innovative potters of his time. President Circle members began the day at the Indian Arts Research Center vaults to view the traditional pottery from Cochiti Pueblo with an historical overview by Gallery Owner and Author Charles King. Then traveled to visit Virgil Ortiz for a private tour of his studio in Cochiti Pueblo with exclusive access to Virgil Ortiz Clay Works prior to Indian Market 2018. Ortiz also gave a presentation about his work and practice of keeping Cochiti pottery traditions alive, transforming them into a contemporary vision merging his art with apocalyptic themes, science fiction, and his own storytelling. After a traditional Pueblo-style lunch, members had the opportunity to enjoy shopping at VO Gallery/Boutique.

 

Collections of Distinction Tour

Presented At the Home of William A. Miller, Santa Fe, NM

Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Admission: $75 per person, includes drinks and hors d’oeuvres ($50 is tax deductible)
Location: Directions will be sent to all who RSVP

William “Bill” Miller is not your typical collector’s collector. Miller built his collection over the years not by chasing rare pieces to complete his trophy case of such-and-such an artist or genre or movement or medium. His 300-plus pieces of museum-quality artworks, both contemporary art pieces and Native American material, have joined his collection seemingly by connection, chance, or fancy. Miller’s collection of more than 100 Native American parfleche is among the world’s most significant and is focused on the tribes and Pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley. Miller says he was drawn to the visual and ethnographic aspects of parfleche, which were made by women. This private collection tour, with wine and hors d’oeuvres, will offer the chance to experience Bill Miller’s collection brought to life through his stories of collecting and living with the art.

Generously hosted by William A. Miller

 

The Peace Warrior: A Journey through Estella Loretto’s Sculpture Garden and Gentle Spirit Studio

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Presented at the Home and Studio of Estella Loretto, Santa Fe, NM
Admission: Free event for President’s Circle members and SAR Board of Directors

Estella Loretto was a 2001 King Artist Fellow at SAR. During her time at SAR, the tragedy of 9/11 hit. This event had a tremendous impact on her work. She was so inspired by the Native Americans from her home, Jemez Pueblo, who went to Ground Zero to offer a prayer of peace for those who died, she created a monumental sculpture in their honor. This sculpture is residing in her home sculpture garden and is looking for a permanent home. Estella will share her story of the Peace Warrior and give us a tour of her studio that includes beautifully designed and crafted bronze sculptures, paintings, and jewelry.

Estella Loretto, from Jemez Pueblo, is currently the only Native American woman working in monumental bronze sculpting and is recognized internationally as one of the finest sculptors living today. Estella has studied and trained with mentors including her mother, her grandmother, and most notably with Native American sculptor Allen Houser-Haozous. Her highly valued and sought after artistic work has always reflected her internalized spiritual vision of the world. Estella believes that good art should be inspiring and nurturing to the soul.

 

“Designing the Future, The Future of Design: Rethinking Communities and Organizations”

Presented by the School for Advanced Research (SAR)

Date: February 23, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Reception in the lobby from 6:00-7:00 pm, followed by program from 7:00-8:00 pm

This conversation brings together two of the most innovative design thinkers working today: Fred Dust and David Young. Fred Dust is Global Managing Director of the international design firm IDEO. Originally trained as an architect, Dust’s recent work focuses on helping organizations—philanthropic, governmental, entrepreneurial—work together to maximize their social impact. David Young has worked on enterprise design projects for Ford, BMW, Hewlett Packard, and Microsoft as well as cultural institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Currently, David is a lecturer at Parsons School of Design at The New School in New York City. Together Fred, David, and moderator Estévan Rael-Galvez of Creative Strategies 360˚ will consider what current social trends are relevant to philanthropic and civic organizations in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and beyond. They will discuss strategies for strengthening organizations through active listening and how to develop programs precisely focused to advance their missions. This program is by invitation only and targets local organizations concerned about designing forward thinking programs for the benefit of the future of Santa Fe.

Event generously underwritten by Susan Foote and Stephen Feinberg.

A special thank you to Creative Santa Fe as our promotional partner.

2017


Collections of Distinction Tour
At the Home of JoAnn and Bob Balzer
Tuesday, July 25, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
$75 per person, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres
The Balzer Collection of contemporary Native American art is one of the most important of its kind, so much so that JoAnn and Bob were recognized in Arts & Antiques Magazine in 2002 as one of America’s Top 100 collectors. Representing decades of passionate collecting of outstanding works, their impressive collection captures the essence of contemporary Native American art, including work by artist fellows from SAR. The Balzers are also ardent supporters of Native arts, underwriting the Balzer Contemporary Edge Gallery at the Institute of American Indian Arts and Indian Market’s new EDGE contemporary component. This private collection tour, with wine and hors d’oeuvres, will offer the chance to experience the Balzer collection brought to life with their stories of collecting and living with their art.Generously hosted by JoAnn and Bob Balzer

Field Trip to San Estevan Feast Day at Acoma Pueblo
Saturday-Sunday, September 2-3
Open to President’s Circle Members, SAR Board of Directors, and Special Guests
$595 per person, includes $50 donation to SAR, $50 additional for single supplement, includes transportation, meals, hotel (1 night)
Experience living history and observe a celebration rooted in a complex past and a process of adaptation. The annual feast day of San Esteban is a rare opportunity to witness first-hand the integration of Catholicism into the indigenous and cultural life way of the Acoma people. The pueblo, situated atop a mesa rising nearly 400 feet above the valley floor, has been home to the Acoma people since the twelfth century. Join Brian Vallo, director of the Indian Arts Research Center at SAR, for a special experience including a traditional feast day meal at his family’s home. On the day following the feast, Brian will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sky City Cultural Center and Haakú Museum, a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the preservation of Acoma history, arts, and culture.

An Evening with Wes Cowan
An Event in Honor of SAR’s 110th Anniversary
Friday, June 23, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Wes Cowan, anthropologist, auctioneer and appraiser, popularly known as a mainstay of the PBS program History Detectives and a featured guest appraiser on the Antiques Roadshow, will join members of the President’s Circle and special guests for a premier evening of enlightened conversation. Wes will discuss with you the art market today, suggestions on what you should do with your collections, what to do if you are thinking about downsizing, or how to determine the value of your art. Cocktails and dinner graciously hosted by David Lamb at the historic eastside estate of La Morada neighboring SAR.On Saturday, June 24, join us for “What’s Your Treasure Worth?” from 12:00-5:00 p.m. $25 per person tax-deductible donation for up to three items. Bring your treasures-including American Indian art, fine and decorative art, autographs and manuscripts, books, maps, and other historical items, as well as fine jewelry and time pieces-for a verbal estimate with Cowan’s team from Cincinnati (no stamps, firearms, coins, or large pieces of furniture please). Verbal estimates of value will be provided for up to three items. All proceeds will benefit SAR.Cowan owns Cowan’s Auctions, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio, which is one of the leading auction houses in the country, and has been named by Blouin Art Info as one of the top 150 auction houses in the world.

2016


A Festive Mayan Evening
December 8, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm
Free to SAR Board of Directors and President’s Circle members and guests
Join us for a festive Mayan Evening. Enjoy chocolate elixirs by Kakawa Chocolate House, Meso-American inspired cuisine, and Latin music by Ronaldo Baca. Hear from Dr. Patricia Crown, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology) on the History of Chocolate in the Americas, and SAR’s deep history on the research about the Mayan civilization. Wear your huipiles or other Latin American inspired dress. Chocolate generously donated by Kakawa Chocolate House.

Garden Party at the Indian Arts Research Center
Thursday, June 16, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Free to SAR Board of Directors and President’s Circle members and guests
Enjoy an early evening of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres with fellow board and circle members and guests while enjoying traditional flute music by Adrian Wall and indigenous-based foods by Red Mesa Cuisine. Former SAR artist fellow Adrian Wall (2009 Rollin and Mary Ella King Fellow) and his sister Kathleen Wall (2016 Eric and Barbara Dobkin Fellow) will be joining the festivities to talk about the impact of the SAR experience on their lives and careers. Learn about the pivotal role that the IARC has played through a behind-the-scenes tour led by Brian Vallo, director of IARC. The tour will focus on specially selected pieces from the collection that exemplify the collaborative relationships that IARC has established with the pueblos of Zuni and Acoma.

Collections of Distinction Tour
Home of Bob and Lora Sandroni
Wednesday, July 6, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
$75 per person
View one of the most significant collections of American Indian art, primarily Plains and Plateau beadwork from the late 1800s and early 1900s, housed in a beautifully restored adobe carriage house and chicken coop. Bob collects with a discerning eye and educates himself on his acquisitions. Once purchased, the pieces find their home under the direction of international designer Kris Lajeskie with stunning results. Sandroni’s homes have been featured in several magazines including The Santa Fean, Cowboys and Indians, Western Art and Architecture, and Western Art Collector. They have opened their homes in Santa Fe and San Diego to a variety of different groups from art groups to museum professionals. This will give President’s Circle members and guests a behind-the-scenes look at this amazing collection. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in their beautiful garden. Generously hosted by Bob and Lora Sandroni.

Field Trip to Arroyo Hondo Pueblo Site
Douglas W. Schwartz, SAR President Emeritus, Senior Scholar
Thursday, May 5, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
About 1300 C.E., a small pueblo, located minutes from what is now downtown Santa Fe, grew from a 100-room compound to the impressive 1,000-room Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. Rapid growth, a period of severe climate change, and regional violence caused the Pueblo’s demise a mere 125 years later. This field trip will explore a spectacular and varied environment, including the layout and growth of farmland near the Pueblo, Pueblo life in the fourteenth century, the crises faced by the inhabitants, and how the Pueblo finally became a ruin. Schwartz will describe how he approached the excavation and exploration of the Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, including unique stories about its development and ultimate demise. Includes pre-trip presentation in the SAR boardroom, lunch, and trip to Arroyo Hondo Pueblo site.

2015


Winter White Party
December 3, 2015
This year, we honor you as members of the President’s Circle with an engaging theme recalling the White sisters and their generous bequest to SAR of their glorious estate, El Delirio. Join us in your best Winter Whites as we celebrate White sisters style with music, libations, and lively conversation. Enjoy chamber music, white hors d’oeuvres, white cocktails and white décor. Hear from Michael F. Brown, SAR President; Nancy Owens Lewis, Scholar-in-Residence and co-author of A Peculiar Alchemy; and resident scholar, Susan McKinnon about her current research on cousin marriage. Please feel free to bring a friend to introduce to the President’s Circle and activities of SAR. 4:00PM to 7:00PM, presentation at 5:00PM.

President’s Reception
March 26, 2015
Please join us for a special reception before our membership lecture. Come meet SAR President Michael F. Brown in a casual and fun setting.

San Ildefonso Pueblo tour and hike with Joseph Aguilar, 2014/2015 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar
April 2015
Join current resident scholar Joseph Aguilar for a guided tour of San Ildefonso Pueblo and a hike around Tsankawi, a section in Bandelier National Monument; the group will have lunch in a Pueblo member’s home with a lunchtime discussion about Joseph’s research and how Tsankawi informs his work. Lunch is followed by a short tour around the village and the trip ends with a pottery demonstration and talk.

December Fireside Chat with Michael Brown and Ehren Kee Natay
December 11, 2014, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
President Michael Brown will discuss his vision for SAR’s future and 2014 King Native Artist Fellow Ehren Kee Natay will showcase his SAR project — imagery that portrays the lunchtime feeding at a Pueblo feast day.

2014


SAR and the Santa Fe Opera
Wednesday, July 2, 2014, $200 per person
What makes Bizet’s Carmen the world’s most famous opera? The answer is simple. It sizzles! Rory Macdonald conducts the archetypal love story tailored specifically for the Santa Fe Opera—an unforgettable portrait of the definitive femme fatale. In perhaps a first for the Santa Fe Opera, most of the cast for this new production is also new to the SFO and come from all over the world, as do members of the creative team. Mezzo-soprano Daniela Mack (Argentina) sings the title role. Tenor Roberto De Biasio (Sicily) sings the role of Don José. The role of the swaggering toreador Escamillo is sung by bass-baritone Kostas Smoriginas (Lithuania). Conductor Rory Macdonald (Scotland) and director Stephen Lawless (England) add to the international mix.

Witter Bynner Estate Tour
Monday, March 17, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
Located at the corner of East Buena Vista and Old Santa Fe Trail, this historic jewel was the home of poet and essayist Witter Bynner. He moved to Santa Fe in 1922, where he and his partner, Robert Hunt, entertained such well-known artists and literary figures as Thornton Wilder, D. H. Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ansel Adams, Willa Cather, Igor Stravinsky, Carl Sandburg, Robert Frost, and many more. The original “bones” of the house date to the 1830s. Currently run as the Inn of the Turquoise Bear, your tour of this significant property will be led by owners Robert Frost and Ralph Bolton. Lunch after at Amaya at the Hotel Santa Fe.

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