As the world opens up again, galleries and museums in Santa Fe are following suit, moving forward with a full slate of in-person exhibits for the coming year. These shows, for the most part, feature timely topics, reflecting social, environmental and political issues, while bringing the voices of historically marginalized communities to the fore. Here’s a look at some that are just around the corner for the spring and summer seasons.
April 14-May 22
Lake Erie Project
Before retiring from the School of Art at Bowling Green State University in Ohio this year, Associate Professor Emeritus Lynn Whitney collaborated with Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences George Bullerjahn on a project to raise awareness of changes underpinnings of the state of Lake Erie. Whitney’s photography project on Lake Erie combines images she has taken since 2009 and presents them within the framework of Bullerjahn’s scientific knowledge. The photographs show Lake Erie from various angles and through the seasons, and the project reflects the cultural, environmental and personal realities surrounding the lake. The show opens before Earth Day (April 22) in conjunction with the exhibition by artist Stuart Rome Oculus, a series of abstract photographs taken from inside the hollow trunks of living redwood trees. A reception for the Whitney show is held at 5 p.m. on April 15, followed by an Earth Day reception at 5 p.m. for Rome.
April 15-May 14
Form and concept, 435 S. Guadalupe St., 505-780-8312, formandconcept.center
Genderqueer installation and performance artist Niomi “Moss” Fawn’s Flourish is a multi-piece altar installed as part of a month-long evolving artist residency. Flourish, Fawn’s first exhibition at Form & Concept, takes place over a period of weeks to correspond with the pagan celebration of Beltane, the Gaelic festival of May Day, before the summer solstice. Programs include an artist talk with Moss and director Jordan Eddy at noon April 23, an invocation of Beltane with Moss and The Time Beings at noon April 30, and a Gratitude Offering and Closing Ceremony at 5 p.m. May 14.
May 6-Sept. 11
Jeffrey Gibson: The electric body
Choctaw-Cherokee artist Jeffrey Gibson’s solo exhibition of paintings, sculptures and installations showcases his hybrid fusion of artistic styles, which includes historical and contemporary cultural references. Gibson explores themes of injustice, marginalization and personal identity through vibrant, multi-layered works. The exhibition includes two newly commissioned works, including appoint another, a free public performance with video and installation, created in collaboration with members of the Native community from across New Mexico. The performance will be recorded and included in the May exhibition. Free entry.
May 6-May 22
Mildred Howard: 1994 to present
Newly represented at Turner Carroll, influential African-American artist Mildred Howard has her roots in Berkeley, California. Known for his sculptural installations and multimedia assemblages, Howard addresses issues of gentrification, history, consciousness, oppression and equality. The exhibition includes collages, tapestries, printed works and sculptural pieces in mixed media. The exposure is concomitant with Poetic justice: Judith F. Baca, Mildred Howard and Jaudo Quick-to-See-Smith, on-site ($12) at the New Mexico Museum of Art (107 W. Palace Ave., 505-476-5072, nmartmuseum.org) through June 19.
June 24-July 23
Abecedario de Juarez
Evocative drawings by Alice Leora Briggs abound in the work of author Juilán Cardona Abecedario de Juárez: an illustrated glossary (University of Texas Press, 264 pages, $35). The book, which features 135 black-and-white illustrations by Briggs, features a glossary of terms to tell their stories following the city’s history of violence. Briggs’ work fuses classical and contemporary imagery, drawing parallels between current issues, such as the narcotics violence of Ciudad Juárez, and art’s historical past. The show opens with a reception at 5 p.m. and includes a book launch and signing.
Under new ownership, Manitou Galleries is renaming its Canyon Road location to match its sister space, manitougalleries.com, in Scottsdale, Arizona, which represents more than 100 nationally recognized artists. Santa Fe’s Legacy Gallery opening weekend includes an exhibition of works by Western artists John Coleman, Martin Grelle, Jerry Jordan, Kim Wiggins, Kyle Polzin, ZS Liang, Matt Smith, Jeremy Winborg and more . The gallery will host a full day of events.
July 30-May 29
Grounded in Clay: The Spirit of Pueblo Pottery
The first exhibition of the School of Advanced Research, Anchored in clay, is a rare example of curation by the Indigenous communities it represents. The traveling exhibition of more than 100 historic and contemporary works in clay, honors the authoritative voice of the Pueblo Pottery Collective, a 60-member group representing 21 tribal communities, and draws on community knowledge and personal experience to elucidate meaning and understanding in Pueblo Pottery. The works were drawn from the collections of the Indian Arts Research Center of the SAR and the Vilcek Foundation of New York and will be exhibited at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, which occupies the historic grounds of Tewa. It will travel nationally in 2023. The unique curatorial approach confronts scholarly accounts of Indigenous life and offers an Indigenous perspective grounded in the experience of culture. The works date from the precontact to the present day.