The Santa Fe Museum of Art
|The Santa Fe Museum of Art|
New Mexico became a state in 1912. By 1915 some of its biggest boosters and brightest minds were worried that its traditional culture was disappearing. Traditional adobe houses were being torn down and replaced with newer brick buildings, and you thought gentrification was a new phenomenon. So some of the civic leaders developed a plan for to save the center of town. They wanted to build a cultural center in the adobe style to serve a model.
They commissioned a set of plans for the museum and then petitioned the Governor to build the New Mexico pavilion at the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in the same style
Today the museum is wonderful example of architecture and furnishings. Here are some pictures of the lobby:
The lobby opens on to a courtyard that is decorated with murals commissioned as part of the WPA:
But the museum is not home only to traditional art. One of the current shows is an exhibition of Judy Chicago's work. My favorite piece was this one:
|Find it in Your Heart - Judy Chicago|
|Find it in Your Heart (detail) Judy Chicago|
Santa Fe Art
Santa Fe has been the home of art and artists for over 100 years. And it is filled with art, both public and for sale.
If front of Manitou Galleries we found two works that we fell in love with:
|The Amazing Ms. D with Listening Monument by Liz Wolf|
|Your Author with Dreams in Flight Monument by Liz Wolf|
Some day, if we hit lotto and move to a LARGE house we would love to have these.
Of course there still even older buildings still in Santa Fe.
|Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi|
|The palace of the Governor with Native vendors outside|