Closing Reception: Flying Blue Buffalo Installation

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Santa Fe artist Armond Lara hosts a closing reception for his Flying Blue Buffalo installation on Saturday, November 17 from 5 to 7 pm. Lara collaborated with form & concept on this monumental art installation that tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. Inspired by his own family history, Lara dreamed up the winged buffalo as a new symbol of Native survival and resilience.

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Events

Preview with guest speaker Estevan Rael-Gálvez:
Thursday, August 16, 5:30-6:30 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Educational Event: Saturday, August 18, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Educational Event: Flying Blue Buffalo Installation

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Santa Fe artist Armond Lara convenes professional and amateur historians to discuss the story behind his Flying Blue Buffalo installation on Saturday, August 18, 2-3 pm. The monumental art installation, comprising 75 winged buffalo sculptures, tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. Inspired by his own family history, Lara dreamed up the winged buffalo as a new symbol of Native survival and resilience.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Events

Preview with guest speaker Estevan Rael-Gálvez:
Thursday, August 16, 5:30-6:30 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Educational Event: Saturday, August 18, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Opening: Armond Lara | Flying Blue Buffalo Installation

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Armond Lara collaborates with form & concept on a monumental art installation that tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. The Santa Fe artist will send 75 hand-painted, cast resin Flying Blue Buffalo sculptures soaring through the gallery’s atrium. Inspired by his own family history, Lara dreamed up the winged buffalo as a new symbol of Native survival and resilience. Each sculpture in the suspended flock will be labeled with the name of an abducted child. The installation debuts at a special reception on Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm, on the weekend of Santa Fe Indian Market.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Events

Preview with guest speaker Estevan Rael-Gálvez:
Thursday, August 16, 5:30-6:30 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Educational Event: Saturday, August 18, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Opening: Soul of Nations

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Soul of Nations, a Washington, D.C. and Arizona-based nonprofit that works to uplift Indigenous communities throughout the Americas, presents this juried exhibition of Native teen artists from Southwest reservations. The 15 featured artists all took part in the organization’s Brea Foley Art Program, which awarded three of them with a special residency at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The exhibition opens on the weekend of SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and offers boundary-pushing aesthetic statements from a new generation of Indigenous artists. The theme of the exhibition is “Honor the Earth.”

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Artists

Mikhail K. Ganadonegro, Quansha J. Abayta, Maiyah King, Bailey Makai Pete, Deanna Lee, Christine Garcia, Naomi Smart, Kyle Begay, Megan Joe, Rikki Begay, Iona Stevens, Naomi Begay, Josiah Whitesinger, Lehlahni Michelle, Kiara Tom

Preview: Flying Blue Buffalo Installation

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Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez of Santa Fe, who is writing a book on the topic of Native American slavery, will speak at this preview of Armond Lara’s Flying Blue Buffalo installation on Thursday, August 16, 5:30-6:30 pm. An opening reception for the piece follows on Friday, August 17.

Armond Lara collaborates with form & concept on a monumental art installation that tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. The Santa Fe artist will send 75 hand-painted, cast resin Flying Blue Buffalo sculptures soaring through the gallery’s atrium. Inspired by his own family history, Lara dreamed up the winged buffalo as a new symbol of Native survival and resilience.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

With ancestral connections to both Hispanic and indigenous communities, Dr. Rael-Gálvez was raised working on a farm and ranch stewarded by his family for generations in Costilla, New Mexico. He holds a B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where he completed an award-winning dissertation, “Identifying Captivity and Capturing Identity: Narratives of American Indian Slavery.” He is currently working on the manuscript, The Silence of Slavery. Formerly the State Historian of New Mexico, Executive Director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center and Senior Vice President at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Dr. Rael-Gálvez currently is a writer and the founding principal of Creative Strategies 360°, a consulting firm which supports transformative work within communities and organizations, including his present project, an initiative on “Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.”

Events

Preview with guest speaker Estevan Rael-Gálvez:
Thursday, August 16, 5:30-6:30 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Educational Event: Saturday, August 18, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Open House & Panel: Flying Blue Buffalo Project

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The open house begins at 2 PM. The panel with Lara starts at 3 PM. Scroll down to meet the panelists.

form & concept presents a Kickstarter campaign, anchored by this open house and panel discussion event, in support of Armond Lara’s  Flying Blue Buffalo Project. Mock-ups of the buffalo sculptures will appear at the event, and Lara will convene a panel of history experts to discuss the project and its themes.

The fundraiser will go towards the creation of a monumental installation of cast resin winged buffalo sculptures, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara. Inspired by the Mexican-Diné artist’s family history, this project tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. The Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter campaign runs from January 26 through February 28, 2018. The installation debuts in form & concept’s atrium on August 17, 2018.

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Panelists

Armond Lara 

The creative dynamo behind the Flying Blue Buffalo Project! The Santa Fe artist is Hispanic and Navajo. A dark chapter of his family history helped inspire the project. Since starting this endeavor, he has studied the larger phenomenon of Native child slavery in the West.

Lara’s artwork.

Moises Gonzales

Moises Gonzales is an Assistant Professor in the Community and Regional Planning Program at UNM, he also serves as the Director of the Resource Center for Raza Planning and is the Director of the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Planning and Design Degree Program. Gonzales holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from the University of Colorado, Denver as well as a Professional Planning Degree in the Master of Community and Regional Planning Program from UNM. He was the co-instructor for the summer urban studio that worked with students on the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo cultural corridor and he is still currently involved with this project. Moises will also be advising on the historic restoration plaza project for Nambe Pueblo and has also advised iD+Pi on the potential housing assessment project with the Santa Clara Housing Authority.

Estevan Rael-Gálvez

Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez is a nationally-recognized leader in cultural strategies. He recently spearheaded Culture Connects: Santa Fea community-wide effort to shape the cultural future of our city. Rael-Gálvez studied cultural anthropology and received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan, where he wrote his dissertation on identity and Genízaros (Native Americans enslaved as servants in New Mexico).

Read an article about Rael-Gálvez.

Sunny Dooley

When I started storytelling, it was the first time these stories were told by a Navajo person. That was thirty years ago. Since then, I’ve worked – as a storyteller, folklorist and cultural consultant – collecting, learning and retelling the oral tradition of the Diné Hozhojii Hané (Navajo Blessingway stories). These stories present the world view of the Diné people and details their relationship with their surroundings. I have retold these stories by oral tradition in Navajo and in English for a variety of organizations, universities, elementary schools and conferences throughout the US, Canada, Africa, Europe and Mexico including the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, the Denver Arts Museum, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Rhode Island School of Design (RISDI) and programs sponsored by the PEW Charitable Trust.

I was the Olive B. O’Connor Distinguished Visiting Professor of Literature and Storyteller-in-Residence at Colgate University and one of nine women, and the only Native storyteller to be included in the Women’s Chautauqua Institute. In 2006, I received the Navajos Making a Difference Award at the annual Navajo Studies conference. I am on the roster of the NMHC Chautauqua Speakers Program, which features specialists on New Mexico history and culture. I have done storytelling workshops with students and teachers (in New York schools) and seniors (at the northern Navajo Medical Center. A few years ago, I founded the Hané Storytelling Festival for indigenous storytellers. I was featured in Jack Hanna’s Zoo Life, the German documentary, Niedergang der Najavos and Miss Navajo, a PBS Independent Lens documentary, in which I spoke about winning the 1982 Miss Navajo Nation pageant that celebrates women and tradition.

Dooley’s website.

Kim Trujillo 

Kim Trujillo is from Belen, NM. She received a BA degree in journalism from NMSU. She is a former news anchor in Albuquerque at KRQE-TV.  She is currently working in NM film as a costume designer. She is featured on Ancestry.com commercial that has aired more than 12,000 times over the last two years nationally and in Canada.

Trujillo’s Ancestry.com ad.

Joseph Riggs

Joseph Riggs is an artist from Northern New Mexico, currently residing in Tesuque, NM. He is a retired criminal defense attorney, having practiced law for 40 years and Albuquerque and Northern New Mexico. In addition to his art, he is collaborating with Armond Lara on Lara’s Flying Blue Buffalo Project. His other interests include community activism as Project Manager of the Santa Fe Artists Medical Fund, and as President of the Tesuque Water Association Board.

Riggs’ website.

Weston Brownlee

Weston Brownlee is the Director of Operations at 3D Proven Systems, and a professional sculptor. His current work in the realms of digital art, 3D Modeling, 3D Scanning, and 3D Printing, when paired with his background in lost wax casting, foundry, and traditional cast arts all have come into play to help realize Armand Lara’s Flying Blue Buffalo Project.

3D Proven Systems website.

Events

Kickstarter Launch: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Kickstarter Campaign: January 26-February 28, 2018
Open House & Panel Discussion: Saturday, February 17, 2-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Exhibition: August 17-November 17, 2018

Kickstarter Launch: Flying Blue Buffalo Project

form & concept presents a Kickstarter campaign, anchored by an open house and panel discussion event, in support of Armond Lara’s Flying Blue Buffalo Project. The fundraiser will go towards the creation of a monumental installation of cast resin winged buffalo sculptures, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara. Inspired by the Santa Fe artist’s family history, this project tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. The Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter campaign launches at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm and runs through February 28.

The installation will debut in form & concept’s atrium on August 17, 2018. Mock-ups of the buffalo sculptures will appear at a February 17 open house event, and Lara will convene a panel of history experts to discuss the project and its themes.

Events

Kickstarter Launch: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Kickstarter Campaign: January 26-February 28, 2018
Open House & Panel Discussion: Saturday, February 17, 2-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Exhibition: August 17-November 17, 2018

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Teaser: Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter

“Buffalo are masters of survival,” says Armond Lara. “They’re still around today, even though we tried our best to kill them all off.”

The Santa Fe artist has depicted buffalo in his drawings, paintings, and sculptures for decades. In recent years, they’ve turned blue and sprouted wings. Armond combined the buffalo with the symbol of the “lost bluebirds,” a term the Pueblo people called the millions of Native children who were abducted and enslaved as household servants and field-hands.

This August, Armond will collaborate with form & concept to fulfill his long-held dream of creating a monumental installation of flying blue buffalo sculpture that explores this little-told history. A Kickstarter campaign will raise funds to support the production of over seventy 3D printed buffalo, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara.

Visit flyingbluebuffalo.com to learn more.

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January at form & concept.


Last Friday Art Walk- Santa Fe Railyard Arts District- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Our final event of the year is the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District’s Last Friday Art Walk, on December 29 from 5-7 pm! Swing by to see or current shows and pick up the first-ever form & concept annual catalog, which includes the gallery’s complete 2018 exhibition schedule. Here’s a first look at our January exhibitions & events:

Smitten Forum Exhibition- Gallery Talk- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Gallery Talk

Smitten Forum

Wednesday, January 3, 2-3 pm

Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment or a crafty piece of performance art. Each year since 2014, Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz have invited a new group of pioneering jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for 7 days. The initiative is called Smitten Forum, and invitees range from emerging to well-established makers who employ a staggering array of mediums and techniques. This year’s participants are headed to Abiquiu, New Mexico in late December, but they’ll also leave their mark on the nearby art center of Santa Fe. A curator’s talk featuring Brown, Saneholtz and 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf will take place on Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm.

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Ritual Prayer Performance- Ekalos Reed- Aine McCarthy- Kara Duval- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Special Event

A Day of Ritual Prayer Performance

In conjunction with Thais Mather’s exhibition Reckless Abandon,
and featuring Ekalos Reed, Áine McCarthy & Kara Duval

Saturday, January 20, 7 am-7pm

“I find that people are really hungering for ritual and prayer, and not in a traditional, religious way,” says Ekalos Reed. Reed and Áine McCarthy’s performance art group is called Time Beings. This winter, they collaborate with Kara Duval—another local performer who explores themes of ritual, reclamation and healing—for a 12-hour performance among the artworks of form & concept’s exhibition Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon. In the multi-part ritual prayer, they will convene other Santa Fe artists and anyone who wishes to take part as they create moments and spaces that redefine the sacred. The piece represents a dynamic response to the exhibition’s themes and a tribute to women and others who have faced persecution. Reed and McCarthy perform ‘Tending the Mighty Dead’ from 7 am to 7 pm. Kara Duval performs ‘Red’ from 4:30- 6:30 pm. There is a closing ceremony from 6- 7 pm. From 7 to 10 am, the performance will be visible from outside form & concept, but the gallery does not open to the public until 10 am.

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Image: Kara Duval, Red, durational performance piece. Photo by Kara Duval.

Fiber Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Artist Talk & Opening

Jodi Colella: Unidentified Women

Artist Talk & Preview: Thursday, January 25, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 18th and 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’”

The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk and preview on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.

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Image: Jodi Colella, Leaf (detail), found daguerreotype & embroidery, 2016.

Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter Campaign- Artist Armond Lara- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Kickstarter Campaign & Special Event

Armond Lara: Flying Blue Buffalo Project

Kickstarter Launch: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Open House & Panel: Wednesday, February 17, 2-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

“Buffalo are masters of survival,” says Armond Lara. “They’re still around today, even though we tried our best to kill them all off.” The Mexican-Diné artist has depicted buffalo in his drawings, paintings and sculptures for decades. In recent years, they’ve turned blue and sprouted wings. The winged blue buffalo reference a dark chapter of Lara’s family history: his grandmother, who was Diné, was kidnapped as a child and forced into servitude by a Mexican family. This was a common story in the American West. Across three centuries of Spanish, Mexican and American rule, millions of Native children were enslaved as household servants or field hands.

The Pueblo people called these abducted youths “lost bluebirds,” a symbol that Lara combined with the buffalo into a new icon of Indigenous survival. This August, he’ll collaborate with form & concept to fulfill his long-held dream of creating a monumental installation of flying blue buffalo sculptures that explores this little-told history. The Flying Blue Buffalo Project Kickstarter campaign, running January 26 through February 28 and anchored by a special event on February 17, will raise funds to support the production of over seventy 3D printed buffalo, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara.

Learn more on our website.

Image: Digital rendering of Armond Lara’s 3D-printed Flying Blue Buffalo3D Proven Systems.

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Call for Artists: Brea Foley Art Program

Deadline: Wednesday, December 20, 2017

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The Brea Foley Art Program is looking for 15 outstanding teen artists who reside on Native reservations in the Southwest. High school students ages 15-18 are eligible to apply for this project that offers exciting opportunities to create, discuss and exhibit artwork. They’ll travel to New York City for a special reception at the National Museum of the American Indian, engage in an artist residency project at New York University, and exhibit their artwork at form & concept in Santa Fe, New Mexico during Indian Market in August 2018. The Brea Foley Art Program is run by the 501(c)3 nonprofit Soul of Nations.

Soul of Nations

Soul of Nations is a nonprofit that uplifts Native American youth through engagement in the arts, encouraging academic excellence, and inspiring business entrepreneurship. Established in 2015, Soul of Nations exists to inspire Native American youth to pursue and achieve their goals. We stress the importance of education and provide Tribal youth with a platform for free expression. Our programs help to foster the next generation of community leaders in the fields of art and business.

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Brea Foley Art Program

The Brea Foley Art Program is an initiative created by Soul of Nations to help fulfill the organization’s mission to galvanize artistic zeal among Indigenous communities. It is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating cultural art created by Native American youth.

The program was conceived by the late co-founder of Soul of Nations, Brea Foley. Although she is no longer with us, her spirit lives on through the consciousness of art. Foley was a firm believer in the longevity of culturally infused artwork and wanted to inspire artistic talent among youth who live in displaced communities. The Brea Foley Art Program is designed to do just that.

The project aims to rebuild cultural self-confidence, challenge personal boundaries, and foster cultural continuity while reflecting artistic diversity. Soul of Nations wants to show the world that our nation’s first people are still here and thriving in the best ways possible. What better way to validate contemporary Native life and strength than through the arts? Soul of Nations believes that art is a universal language that carries the story of honesty, history, and belonging.

Completed applications for the 2017-18 program are due Wednesday, December 20, 2017. Once admitted, the artists will have from Friday, December 22, 2017 – Friday, February 23, 2018 to complete and submit their artwork. On Saturday, March 3, 2018, all artists and will gather to display their artwork at the Navajo Nation Museum in the form of an art showing. At the art showing, all work will be critiqued by a team of judges. These judges will range from renowned artists, curators, gallerists, and regional sponsors.

All 15 artists granted admission into the Brea Foley Art Program will have the opportunity to be exhibited at form & concept, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Friday, August 17, 2018. Soul of Nations will also exhibit all artworks in an online exhibition for one year.

Judges will be responsible for selecting the top three artists of the competition who will be crowned as the 2018 Brea Foley Art Program Finalists. The three program finalists will travel to New York City on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 to be celebrated at a reception held at the National Museum of the American Indian – New York and to engage in the artist residency project at New York University.

The reception event at the National Museum of the American Indian – New York will be held on Friday, June 8, 2018 and the artist residency project will be held from Tuesday, June 5, 2018 – Friday, June 8, 2018. The top three 2018 Brea Foley Art Program Finalists are scheduled to fly out to New York City on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Once arrived, the artists will be housed on the campus of New York University. The artists will also be chaperoned by members of the Soul of Nations Team.

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2017/18 Program Theme

The theme of this years’ program is Honor the Earth. All submitted artwork must adhere to this theme, and artists may be expected to provide a description of the artwork.

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