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5 Ways to See Santa Fe’s Unique Culture on Display This Summer

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | May 30, 2016

5 Ways to See Santa Fe’s Unique Culture on Display This Summer

PHOTO: It's the summer of the lowrider in New Mexico. (Photo courtesy New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs)

Santa Fe has a host of exhibitions running through the summer that give visitors a rare glimpse at some of the city’s unique culture. These exhibits will complement Santa Fe’s world-class summer festivals, which include events at the Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market and Art Trifecta, the Traditional and Contemporary Spanish Markets, the Indigenous Fine Art Market, the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.

Lowriders, Hoppers and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico

This is the first of several events being deemed part of “Lowrider Summer” in Santa Fe, as declared by the mayor of the city and, for car enthusiasts, this is the place to be. The exhibit will be happening through March 5, 2017, at the New Mexico History Museum. Visitors have the opportunity to see a stylized lowrider garage and meet the families of dreamers, engineers, artists and upholsterers who craft these specialized vehicles.

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Eight selections of cars will rotate through the exhibition and there will be a host of noted photographers, a chromed and touchable engine, miniature-scale model-car collections, trophies and memorabilia as well.

"It's all part of an American love affair with the internal combustion engine and the glimmering accessories that these vehicles have inspired through history," said curator Daniel Kosharek.

Con Cariño: Artists Inspired By Lowriders

This exhibition is taking place at the New Mexico Museum of Art. It demonstrates how vision and hard work can transform an abandoned car into a one-of-a-kind sculpture on wheels.

The artists in this exhibition are responding to the unique culture of the lowrider in photographs, paintings, sculptures and videos that explore the issues of family, gender, religion and status. On view are more than 50 works by artists, including Lawrence Baca, Ron Rodriguez, Justin Favela, Miguel Gandert, Alex Harris, Nicholas Herrera, Arthur Lopez, Norman Mauskopf, El Moisés, Jack Parsons, Meridel Rubenstein, Luis Tapia, Don Usner, and others.

"The works in the show confirm what we in New Mexico already know to be true, that lowriders are an extraordinary art form in their own right as well as being a significant cultural icon that ignites the imaginations of people all over the world," said curator Katherine Ware.

Georgia O’Keeffe’s Far Wide Texas

A rarely seen collection of watercolors from famed artist Georgia O’Keefe will be on display at the Georgia O’Keefe Museum through Oct. 30. The artworks were painted during her time teaching at West Texas State Normal College, now Texas A&M University. The 51 watercolors include landscapes, abstractions and nude studies of her own body.

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Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition and New World Identities

At the New Mexico History Museum, this exhibit explores the emblems of cultural and religious identity in the 10th through 13th centuries and is now open through Dec. 31, 2016.

Flamenco—From Spain To New Mexico

This exhibit will be at the Museum of International Folk Art through Sept. 11 and is a comprehensive celebration and study of this living tradition as an art form. There are more than 150 objects featured in the exhibit that trace flamenco's journey from 15th- and 16th-century Spain through the cities of 20th-century Europe. It includes costumes, both historic and contemporary, musical instruments, set design sketches, playbills, sheet music, posters and more. A series of lively special events and performances are also planned throughout the summer to accompany the exhibition.

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