Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Santa Fe's World of Art: What's new in 2016?

Santa Fe is known for art and culture, both ancient and contemporary. There is always something new going on in the performing and visual arts. Here are some of the new things you can look forward to in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Renowned Santa Fe art collective Meow Wolf recently announced the opening of the highly-anticipated House of Eternal Return installation. The House of Eternal Return is Meow Wolf's first permanent exhibition and the follow-up to their wildly successful The Due Return. Game of Thrones creator, longtime Santa Fe-resident and supporter of the project George R.R. Martin says, “House of Eternal Return is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.” 135 artists are involved in creating 70 different individual immersive spaces, a 300-person music venue, an arcade with 14 games, four tree houses, an interactive cave system and more. The exhibition takes audiences of all ages into a fantastic world of exploratory imagination by way of a radical new form of storytelling where audiences are immersed within a multi-media art experience that unfolds through an interactive and magical narrative. 

New Performance: Santa Fe Opera - UnShakeable
In commemoration of 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera presents “UnShakeable,” a new opera composed by Joe Illick with libretto by Andrea Fellows Walters. Set in an abandoned New Mexico theater 25 years in the future, UnShakeable tells the story of Wyatt and Meridian, Shakespearean actors and former lovers who have fallen victim to Erasure, a viral pandemic resulting in memory loss. Exploring themes of memory, connection, and the power of song, UnShakeable incorporates language from some of Shakespeare’s iconic works to create a modern romantic comedy. UnShakeable is entirely suited for audiences of all ages and premieres at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe with a full chamber orchestra before hitting the road for the 22nd annual Spring Tour, presenting ten free performances throughout the region. 

Santa Fe has historically been home to a diverse religious and ethnic population, so it’s only fitting that the new “Sacred Realm” exhibit is currently featured at the city’s Museum of International Folk Art. “Sacred Realm” highlights the museum’s wide-ranging Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune. This exhibition presents interesting similarities within the many countries and regions making up Asia and its more than 50 countries, thousands of ethnic groups, more than ten language families—encompassing more than 2,000 spoken languages—and is the birthplace to such world religions as Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam as well as many local faiths.

SITE opened two new exhibitions on March 19, WorkSHoP, a new exhibition exploring the work of the New York-based architecture and design firm SHoP Architects.