Friday, February 17, 2012
Taming the Wild West
“The Arts in New Mexico’s Journey to Statehood”
St. Francis Auditorium 5:30 p.m.
$15 tickets available in advance at Lensic Box Office 988-1234
Or $15 at the door
Enjoy a conversation with John F. Andrews, New Mexico Humanities Council; Nancy Owen Lewis, School for Advanced Research; and Joseph Traugott, New Mexico Museum of Art for what promise to be a spirited conversation.
In the 19th century New Mexico was famous for its colorful and often violent frontier life. Last month for our first Centennial Friday, three evocative storytellers, Mark Lee Gardner, Paul Hutton, and Hampton Sides, discussed some of the legends who defined it, among them Kit Carson, Billy the Kid, and Pat Garrett.
We now focus on the period from the 1880’s to the 1920’s, when civic leaders sought to prove that territorial New Mexico was ready for statehood. One strategy was to adopt building styles and other fashions that were popular in the rest of the nation. Another, which soon became dominant in Santa Fe, was to draw upon Native and Hispanic tradition and emphasize features that made our region unique.
To explore the role that architecture, painting, pottery, weaving, and other arts played in this key transition, we’ll call on anthropologist Nancy Owen Lewis, a Research Associate and former Director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research, an institution that is pivotal to this narrative. Lewis co-authored A Peculiar Alchemy, a history of SAR that traces Edgar Lee Hewett’s impact on Southwest culture. Joining her will be New Mexico Museum of Art curator Joseph Traugott, who has given us How the West is One, Sole Mates, and other delightful art exhibitions. Presiding over the conversation will be John F. Andrews of the Shakespeare Guild, who serves on the New Mexico Humanities Council and hosts a popular “Speaking of Shakespeare” series in Manhattan.
Check our website www.nmartmuseum.org for a full program of events.