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Meet Maggie Grimason, The Mag writer since 2017, who lives in Albuquerque and hails from "northwest Indiana, land of lakes and soy beans." Her favorite things about New Mexico? "Mountains on the horizon, lizards, and clothes drying instantly on the line."
Judy Chicago will not partner with her home city of Belen, NM, on opening a museum after residents called the artwork "inappropriate" and "pornagraphic." Her nonprofit has started a GoFundMe campaign to raise money for the art space and Belen Mayor Jerah Cordova will donate his 2019 salary to help support the museum...
Andrea R. Hanley (Navajo) has been an arts advocate for more than 25 years. Her career has been guided and dedicated to the work of contemporary American Indian artists and the American Indian fine art field. Hanley has had an impressive career working as a curator, gallerist, writer, fundraiser, lecturer, and volunteer...
I tucked myself between the open front door and an elegant, old wood easel next to the Acequia Madre House’s immense living room’s antique grand piano, taking a moment in my hiding place to observe the extraordinary space, rarely open to the public. I took in the deeply stained beams in the grand sala, the large arched opening into the dining room with its traditional kiva fireplace, the collection of antiques from all over the Spanish empire, and the gorgeous, massive European-style fireplace. I looked out through the open door towards the mountains over the rare jewel of a lawn and enjoyed the view from the Spanish Pueblo Revival porch. Something prickled at me...
Whatever all of this change ultimately means for Denver as an arts and culture community and market is to be determined. But even in the space of four years, my experience of the city as an arts destination has changed. I previously felt charmed and thrilled to stumble upon a scrappy operation in the then-industrial RiNo district, but now that district has gentrified to the point of pushing many of those emergent art spaces out...
"Before, I was taught to paint in a traditional, old-school style in Oklahoma. But Santa Fe wasn’t into that. There was lots of activism back then. It was the four hundred year mark of Columbus in the Americas, and there was a certain kind of American Indian Movement (AIM) echo in response. That was my first eye-opener..."
While many viewers stand mouths agape at the idea of clipping and adhering hundreds of thousands of straws, I’m indifferent to labor and duration. The work takes time: so what? Instead, I lose my mind over the honeycombed waves with optical clusters of tan and ochre that emerge from what I understand to be uniformly opaque white straws.
My third-grade field trip to a State Capitol was a muggy school-bus ride to Montgomery, Alabama. We visited the requisite sites, including the state senate chambers and a life-size statue of Jefferson Davis. We were taught that the Capitol building was the first headquarters for the Confederacy during the Civil War, which was fought to preserve “states’ rights.” Rights to do what? is a question nobody asked...
A Swedish girl joins her first séance at seventeen. Her mind swirls with a heady mix of books on Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Buddhism, and spiritualism. This doesn’t set her apart; the occult is mainstream in 1879. By the time she is thirty-five, she has started a séance circle with four female friends called The Five (De Fem), which will commission her most significant works...
Christmas in America: Happy Birthday Jesus, Jesse Rieser