Santa Fe Tidbits: Annie Liebovitz, Georgia O’Keeffe and more…

As I write this, it’s snowing outside. We love snow here. Not only is it beautiful, we need the moisture. This month has flown by. It was a bit of a quiet month, but loads of activities are coming up in February including one of our favorite times of the year, ArtFeast, at the end of the month.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Ranchos Church No. I, 1929, Oil on canvas, 18 ¾ x 24 in, Collection of the Norton Museum of Art,
West Palm Beach, Florida, Purchase the R.H. Norton Trust © Georgia O’Keeffe Museum,

Santa Fe art
Often, when people hear the name Georgia O’Keeffe, they think of Santa Fe. In a way it feels like she’s ours. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum mounted a traveling exhibit, Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico: Architecture, Katsinam, and the Land, which opens in Santa Fe on Friday, May 17 and runs through September 8th. If you want to see it sooner and will be in Denver, the show opens at the Denver Art Museum on Sunday, February 10th through April 28th.The exhibition features the paintings of New Mexico churches, crosses, folk art and kachina carvings that O’Keeffe made between 1929 and 1953. From Santa Fe the show will travel to the Heard Museum Phoenix.

Speaking of Georgia O’Keeffe, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum has a new show featuring another 20th century American art icon, Annie Leibovitz. Pilgrimage, a traveling exhibition mounted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, opening in Santa Fe on Friday, February 15th, features photos Leibovitz shot in New Mexico on two trips to Georgia O’Keeffe Country, one in April 2009 and the other in May 2011. She followed in O’Keeffe’s footsteps shooting at O’Keeffe’s Abiquiu home, Ghost Ranch and the Black Place. According to O’Keeffe Museum director, Rob Kret, “Annie Leibovitz’s Pilgrimage is much like Georgia O’Keeffe’s work in that it captures a place in time with such evocative power and emotion that you cannot help but feel the connection, the deep sense of place.”

Leibovitz will be speaking about her work at the Lensic Performance Center on Tuesday, February 12th at 6pm. Tickets, available from the Lensic box office or from Tickets Santa Fe, are $35, $50 and $75.

Santa Fe art

Axle Contemporary all dressed up for V-Day,photo/courtesy Axle Contemporary

Art is power. Eve Ensler’s powerful play, The Vagina Monologues has made people laugh and cry for over 16 years. The playwright started V-Day and annual awareness day that takes place each Valentine’s Day.  This year, One Billion Rising, a powerful movement embraced by women world-round will bring women together to dance and rise up against violence to women.  Inspired by a talk local activist Cecile Lipworth at Santa Fe’s TEDx conference in November, where she said the word “vagina” had the power to empower and transform, Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, is taking the word around town.  It will be on banners all over their van. They’ll start the day at the Roundhouse at 9am and then drive all around town for the rest of the day. Stop by or look for them as you go about your day. Here’s a list of Santa Fe activities in conjunction with V-Day.  Come out and dance and be heard.

Santa Fe art

Photograph of Balo, Joey L, photo/courtesy photo-eye Gallery

The Nude Classical, Contemporary, Cultural opens at photo-eye Gallery on Friday, February 15th from 5 to 7pm. The group exhibition features a combination of classical studies to contemporary, for serious to playful. The show runs through April 6th.

Santa Fe music

Matisyahu to play at the Lensic, photo/Mark Squires courtesy Matisyahu

Santa Fe Music
Grammy-nominated recording artist Matisyahu, will be in Santa Fe with An Acoustic Evening with Matisyahu, on Thursday, January 31st at 7:30pm. The tour is to promote his debut acoustic recording, Spark Seeker: Acoustic Sessions. He’ll be at the Lensic. The former Chassidic Jew who’s adopted name means Gift of God in Hebrew is known as an American reggae and alternative rock musician. The acoustic show he’s touring with and the new album are a departure for him. Tickets, $29 to $40 can be purchased at the Lensic or Tickets Santa Fe.

Gabriela Montero plays Joropo by Moises Moleiro

The Santa Fe Concert Association presents Venezuelan-American classical pianist, Gabriela Montero,  at St. Francis Auditorium on Sunday, February 10th at 4pm. Montero, known for her “visionary interpretations and unique performance improvisations,” has played with the New York Philharmonic and other prestigious orchestras around the world. Tickets, $20 to $50 are available from SFCA or the Lensic and Tickets Santa Fe.  Student tickets are half-price.

Santa Fe drama

Santa Fe performing arts
it’s time again for Benchwarmers at the Santa Fe Playhouse. This beloved annual production, now in it’s 12th season, solicits entries from local playwrights each year for short playlets set around a single bench on an empty stage. The actors and directors for this evening of eight 15-minute plays are all local too. Benchwarmers runs from Thursday, February 7th through Sunday, March 3rd. Performances are Thursdays  through Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2:00pm. Reservations can be made online or by emailing or by calling the Playhouse box office, (505) 988-4262.

Taos news
For the last few years, Taos Tourism has featured an annual theme for the town. Last year it was Amazing Women of Taos, for 2013, it’s Adventures de Taos. The town, recently named one of the best small towns in America by Travel + Leisure, has a lot of adventure activities to offer. Visitors will find a lot of outdoor adventures from skiing, to rafting, to hot air balloon to llama trekking and more. There are even cultural adventures such as photo safaris and painting classes. They are giving away an all expenses paid trip (including airfare) to a lucky winner who will experience Taos adventures first-hand.

See you next Tuesday for Tidbits. If you have any Santa Fe news to share, let us know.




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