Saturday, December 14, 2013

Photos: Santa Fe, Part 1

With the end of the semester, a mountain of final papers to read, and a bit of recent travel I haven't been able to blog much lately, but here are some photos from a recent trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico. I'd always wanted to go to New Mexico and visit Santa Fe in particular (as well as Albuquerque, Taos, and some of the Indian Reservations, though I'll have to wait for another trip to explore these and other parts of the state), and things worked out such that the Dark Room Collective's 25th Anniversary "Nothing Personal" Reunion Tour concluded with a reading at the Lannan Foundation this past week. Many thanks to the Foundation and all involved with it, to my fellow Dark Room members who made the trip possible and who read, and to all the people who packed the Lensic performance space this past Thursday to hear us. Photography was prohibited at the event, so I was unable to get any photos of the reading, but here are the first of a few photos from the trip.

After recovering from the effects of altitude sickness (which included feeling like I was having a heart attack; nausea; lightheadedness; and exhaustion), a redux of my visits to Boulder/Denver, I spent one morning strolling all around New Mexico's capital city's historic downtown area, chatting with people and looking at all the art on display, admiring and photographing the adobe-style buildings, old and new; popping my head into galleries, museums and bookstores; and walking towards the various, ever-looming mountain ranges, none of which, thankfully were in range. It took a day to acclimate, but I finally was able to say that 7,200 feet above sea level wasn't bad at all (i.e., enough for me). Now I can't wait to go back!

Native artists lined up along the Palace of the Governors' arcade
Native artists and vendors assembling along

the colonnade at the Palace of Governors

An outdoor sculpture, Santa Fe
A bronze sculpture at the Signature Gallery

Museum of Contemporary Native Art
The Museum of Contemporary Native Art

(which has an excellent current exhibit

of emerging and established Native artists)

Arcade looking south, Museum of Contemporary Native Art
The south-facing colonnade and arcade

at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art

Arcade looking north, Museum of Contemporary Native Art
The north-facing colonnade and arcade

at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art

Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

A street in Santa Fe (with the Lensic Art Center at left)
Looking east toward the mountains (the Lensic

performance space, where we read, is visible at left)

A closer glimpse of the Lensic

An old pueblo-style building at left
A very old pueblo-style building, with colonnade
and arcade, housing restaurants and other businesses
at left; Cathedral Park at right, the mountains
straight ahead

Beautiful old building, Santa Fe
A older adobe-style building

with a beautifully adorned side door

A beautiful wall drawing, Santa Fe
A Native painting adorning a wall

along a Santa Fe street

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