A Week of World-Class Art | Ricky Allen + Cathy Griffith

A Week of World-Class Art

This week we are excited about these unique events:

Tonight | Friday, February 21

Platform: Engaging the Ethics of Production and Consumption


Platform events, held three times a year, bridge art and social engagement with interactive works and participatory experiences co-created by SFAI staff and artists-in-residence.

Meet 13 international, interdisciplinary artists exploring the theme of Labor and get a firsthand look at their in-progress and freshly completed works. In true Platform style, you will also have the opportunity to participate in works by residents May Maylisa Cat and Stacy Scibelli.

This event is free and open to the public.
Suggested donation for this event is $10 at the door.

Time: 5:30-8:00 pm

Location: Santa Fe Art Institute | 1600 St Michaels Drive, Building #31
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How It Was Handed to Me: Artist Conversation and Exhibition

In conjunction with the exhibition How It Was Handed to Me: The Caesar Family Legacy, the Coe Center is pleased to host an evening of conversation with Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose (Navajo/Southern Ute), Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee/ Seminole), Samuel LaFountain (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa/ Diné), and LeOreal Wall (Ute Mountain Ute, Northern Ute) along with the award-winning students of the Santa Fe Indian School jewelry program. The conversation will focus on the role of mentorship and education in contemporary Native jewelry and the powerful impact these relationships have on careers and craftsmanship.

Pinnecoose, Johnson, LaFountain, and Hall will provide guests with the opportunity to learn about how each jeweler has honed their craft through hands-on learning passed down by their mentors.

The evening’s discussion will be within the backdrop of How It Was Handed to Me: The Caesar Family Legacy, organized by Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee/Seminole), which gathers jewelers and jewelry from New Mexico, Oklahoma, and beyond into a complex story of generational and creative legacies. It is the first exhibition to be mounted in Santa Fe that focuses on Plains jewelry created from nickel (or German) silver. Nickel silver is an alloy of copper, zinc, and nickel and actually contains no silver— despite its name and appearance. It is widely used across Plains communities for dance regalia and for Native American Church ceremonies. Because it is lighter, brighter and more affordable, nickel silver is favored over sterling silver and tarnishes easily when exposed to heat and moisture. Sadly, because of the purely functional element of this material, it has led it to be often overlooked by outside collectors and institutions and deemed “less valuable.”

Exhibition and public programs are generously sponsored by Palace Jewelers at Manitou Galleries.

Photo: Clockwise from top left: Adrian Standing Elk Pinnecoose, Kenneth Johnson, LeOreal Wall,Samuel LaFountain

Time: 5:30-7:00 pm

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Location: Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts

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Sunday, February 23

Robert Earl Keen

It’s not always easy to sum up a career — let alone a life’s ambition — so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem just about do it.

You can complete the lyric with the next five words — the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“and the party never ends!”) — just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.

“I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue,” Keen says. “But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really good career and writing some good songs, getting onstage and having a great time.”

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Lensic Performing Arts Center

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