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.

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Events

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.

June Performance: Young Masters | NMSA

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New Mexico School for the Arts will soon break ground on renovations for their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. The arts high school presents a special performance series at form & concept, hosted by faculty members and showcasing outstanding student musicians, creative writers and poets. 

Program

Keenan McDonald, vibraphone — Ballad (2018), Keenan McDonald
Myriah Duda, reading — His Soul’s Cemetery
Adam Griffo, alto saxophone — Tango Etude No. 3 (1987), Astor Piazzolla
Acacia Burnham, reading — Picture (The Theatre Basement)


Jada Baca, video; Lila Baca, music — In between a seamless fall and an infinite float (2017/2018)

Lila Baca, cello
John Mamula, cello
Julian Gonzales, cello
Keenan McDonald, percussion
Trevor Bass, percussion

Dates

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April 5May 3 & June 7, 2018 

May Performance: Young Masters | NMSA

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New Mexico School for the Arts will soon break ground on renovations for their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. The arts high school presents a special performance series at form & concept, hosted by faculty members and showcasing outstanding student musicians, creative writers and poets. 

Additional details about the featured student artists for upcoming Young Masters events are forthcoming. Make sure to mark your calendar for Young Masters performances the first Thursday of each month, through the end of the school year. 

Music

-A new piece by Johnny Mamula for string quartet, scored in response to a video piece by visual art student Quinn Jonas.
-A new piece by Emily Quintana for solo soprano, which is set to her own text from the creative writing program.
-A vibraphone solo performed by Keenan McDonald.

Words

-Clara Spray: Feminism in Theater.
-John Helfrich: Grandma.
-Acacia Burnham: Of Birth, Science, Saints, and Transylvania.

Dates

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April 5May 3 & June 7, 2018 

Round Table with Bard College President Leon Botstein

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This event is free and open to the public. 

Join Bard College President Leon Botstein, PhD, and leaders of the Santa Fe creative community for this dynamic round table discussion. The event is moderated by Hakim Bellamy, Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque. Dr. Botstein and a slate of special guests will examine innovative educational models, their impact on teachers and students, and their potential for generating solutions to complex modern-day challenges. This public event is part of a national gathering of Bardians in Santa Fe, hosted by form & concept. Gallery owner Sandy Zane is a Bard alumnus, along with represented artist Debra Baxter whose solo exhibition Tooth & Nail will be on view. Tea and other light refreshments will be served.

Leon Botstein

Leon Botstein has been president of Bard College since 1975, where he is also Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities. He is chairman of the board of the Central European University and a board member of the Open Society Foundations. He has been music director of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is coartistic director of the SummerScape and Bard Music Festivals at Bard College, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010. Forthcoming publications: a sequel to his Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture (1997); an anthology of essays for the Bard Music Festival; the 2011 Tanner Lectures on The History of Listening from Oxford University Press; anthology of essays in German from Szolnay Verlag in Vienna, 2013. Other published works: The Compleat Brahms (ed. 1999); Jews and the City of Vienna, 1870–1938 (ed. 2004); Judentum und Modernität: Essays zur Rolle der Juden in der Deutschen und Österreichischen Kultur, 1848–1938 (1991; Russian edition 2003). Editor, The Musical Quarterly. Honors include the National Arts Club Gold Medal; the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences; the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art; the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award; American Philosophical Society in 2010; Longy Conservatory’s Leonard Bernstein Award, 2012.

Hakim Bellamy

Hakim Bellamy is Albuquerque’s Inaugural Poet Laureate (2012-2014) and an award-winning author, actor, musician public speaker, television host and educator. During his two year tenure as Poet Laureate he delivered over 200 performances, workshops and presentations. Bellamy is currently the Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque.

Mary Kershaw

As Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art, Mary Kershaw has raised the profile and broadened the audience for the museum through a community-wide 100th birthday celebration, as well as a newly imagined exhibition and events program and strategic partnerships locally and internationally. Drawing on national and international connections, exhibitions such as the current ‘Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now’ ; ‘Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain’ ; ‘First Folio! The Book that Brought us Shakespeare’ ; and ‘Medieval to Metal: the Art and Evolution of the Guitar’ have brought rare works by international masters to audiences in Santa Fe. Coming to New Mexico marked a return to the United States after more than 28 years working in the UK, most recently as Director of Collections for York Museums Trust and Head of Museums and Arts for Harrogate Borough Council. She served on the Board of the Museums Association and on national working groups including assessment for Museum Accreditation and advisory panels to the Department of Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). Mary has participated in international cultural initiatives including the USA, UK, Isle of Mann, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. Mary has a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Chapter at Penn.  Her Master’s Degree is in Medieval Archaeology from University College London. Mary completed the Getty Leadership Institute program for museum executives in 2014, and was named a Fellow of the Museums Association in the UK recognizing outstanding leaders in the museum field. Mary has also worked as production on short independent films in the UK and New Mexico and has her own IMDb page.

John Flax

John Flax is the founding artistic director of Theater Grottesco. Formed in Paris in 1983, the Grottesco artists create plays collectively, crashing classical theatrical styles into modern form juxtaposed with a poetic research of culture and imagination. The plays are physically rigorous, often abstract experiences that can be ambiguous, disconcerting, humorous and beautiful. Nothing about a Theater Grottesco play is typical of traditional American theater. Grottesco has created 14 full length pieces and over 40 shorter works, and been awarded a dozen National Endowment for the Arts grants, a Rockefeller MAP fund grant, and 3 grants from the Duke and Mellon Foundations. Grottesco is currently one of six New England Foundation for the Art’s National Theatre Project recipients.  Outside of Grottesco, Flax has worked with the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Paris, The Paris Circus, London’s Theatre Complicite and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Choreographer Della Davidson, the Sundance Playwriting Laboratory, the Out of Context Orchestra and the Sevda Balkan Choir. Flax has translated works from French into English, including Jacques Lecoq’s celebrated Lecture-Demonstration “Tout Bouge (Everything Moves)”. He has taught at theaters and colleges internationally and across the country including 8 years as a National Endowment for the Arts artist-in-the-schools. Flax is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris where he also studied with Phillipe Gaulier. He studied voice with Arthur Lessac, holds a BA in Environmental Education from Prescott College and All But Dissertation for a Doctorate of Education in Anthropology and Philosophy from the University of Northern Colorado. At the age of 12, Flax was a Minnesota state judo champion.  In 1975, he led a 2,000 mile kayaking expedition across Canada.

Cindy Montoya

Cindy Montoya is the President of New Mexico School for the Arts, and has worked in education and charter school development for over 20 years. She has worked closely with students as the institution’s Library Media Specialist, Principal, and Head of School. Montoya has spearheaded professional development and student-centered educational programs that helped secure NMSA’s designation as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2016.

This Sunday: Round Table with Dr. Leon Botstein!

Dr. Leon Botstein- President of Bard College- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Bard College in Upstate New York is known as an enclave for edgy and offbeat thought leaders—as is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Creative luminaries from both communities gather for a one-of-a-kind forum in the City Different this spring, thanks to Bard alumnus and Santa Fe gallery owner Sandy Zane. She hosts a weekend retreat for Bardians at form & concept, culminating in a round table discussion with Bard College President Leon Botstein, PhD, and leaders of New Mexico’s creative community. Participants will discuss innovative education models and their potential to change the world.

The conversation is moderated by Hakim Bellamy, Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque. It features Mary Kershaw of New Mexico Museum of Art, John Flax of Theater Grottesco, and Cindy Montoya of New Mexico School for the Arts. Round Table with Dr. Leon Botstein takes place on Sunday, April 22 from 2 to 3 pm. The event is free and open to the public, and tea and other light refreshments will be served.

“The round table discussion will pose a powerful question: how can we rethink educational models to address complex contemporary challenges?” says Zane. “The participants have tackled this query time and again throughout their remarkable careers—and their diverse answers are sure to amaze you.” Bellamy, who is the Deputy Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of Albuquerque and has a background in arts education, will guide the discussion. The other participants occupy distinct niches in the universe of arts education.

Botstein will speak to his experience as a world-class conductor and liberal arts educator, while Montoya will discuss the nationally ranked high school program at New Mexico School for the Arts. Kershaw has a strong background in museum education, and Flax runs experimental, performance-based educational programming through Theater Grottesco. “I can’t wait to bring all of these colorful, passionate leaders to the same table,” says Zane. “There’s no telling what will happen.”  

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April Performance: Young Masters | NMSA

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Santa Fe’s Railyard District has long been a hotbed for contemporary arts, and a new round of high profile ventures is upping the ante. SITE Santa Fe kicked it off with an ambitious renovation and expansion project that debuted last October, while the New Mexico Museum of Art will establish a contemporary art wing at the other end of the district by 2020.

New Mexico School for the Arts is also building new Railyard headquarters, in the former Sanbusco Center building. The arts high school is wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the district. NMSA presents a special performance series at form & concept on April 5, May 3 and June 7, 2018 at 6 pm. The events are hosted by NMSA faculty members, and showcase outstanding student musicians, creative writers and poets. Young Masters presages a new era of collaborative, crossdisciplinary arts projects in the Railyard. 

Additional details about the featured student artists for upcoming Young Masters events are forthcoming. Make sure to mark your calendar for Young Masters performances the first Thursday of each month, through the end of the school year. 

Dates

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April 5May 3 & June 7, 2018 

Support Armond Lara’s Kickstarter!

Armond Lara- Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter- Watch the Video- Form and Concept Gallery
Armond Lara at form & concept. Click the image to watch the Kickstarter video.

“A herd of anything has much more impact than one.” -Armond Lara

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 Flying Blue Buffalo sculptures in the gallery’s atrium, 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. It’s a topic that hit the front page of the New York Times this weekend, in an article by Simon Romero. Here’s an excerpt:

Lenny Trujillo made a startling discovery when he began researching his descent from one of New Mexico’s pioneering Hispanic families: One of his ancestors was a slave.

“I didn’t know about New Mexico’s slave trade, so I was just stunned,” said Mr. Trujillo, 66, a retired postal worker who lives in Los Angeles. “Then I discovered how slavery was a defining feature of my family’s history.”

Mr. Trujillo is one of many Latinos who are finding ancestral connections to a flourishing slave trade on the blood-soaked frontier now known as the American Southwest. Their captive forebears were Native Americans — slaves frequently known as Genízaros (pronounced heh-NEE-sah-ros) who were sold to Hispanic families when the region was under Spanish control from the 16th to 19th centuries. Many Indian slaves remained in bondage when Mexico and later the United States governed New Mexico.

The revelations have prompted some painful personal reckonings over identity and heritage. But they have also fueled a larger, politically charged debate on what it means to be Hispanic and Native American.

Lara’s studies of this little-told history lead to the conception of the Flying Blue Buffalo, a new symbol of Indigenous survival and resilience. The Flying Blue Buffalo Project Kickstarter campaign launched on January 26 and runs through February 28. 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. The installation will debut in form & concept’s atrium on August 17, 2018, and run through November 2018.

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Armond Lara- Flying Blue Buffalo Project- Digital Rendering of Art Installation- Form and Concept Gallery
Digital rendering of Flying Blue Buffalo art installation, 3D Proven Systems.
Armond Lara- Flying Blue Buffalo Print- Kickstarter Reward- Form and Concept Gallery
Limited edition Flying Blue Buffalo print.
Armond Lara- Flying Blue Buffalo Wood Carving- Santa Fe New Mexico- Form and Concept Gallery
One of Armond’s original Flying Blue Buffalo carvings.
Armond Lara- Flying Blue Buffalo Project- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Digital rendering of cast resin buffalo.

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A letter from Sandy Zane.

Creative Santa Fe- Building Futures- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

I have been a board member of Creative Santa Fe for several years and I believe passionately in the mission of this organization. I want you to know about some very exciting new projects happening in 2018. In addition to addressing Santa Fe’s urgent affordable housing crisis with the Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center, a low income, 60 unit, live-work space for artists, we are launching a new initiative called the Disruptive Futures Dialogues Series.

This series will be a year-long community engagement in partnership with organizations throughout the city and the region to envision the future of Santa Fe. We will focus on the key question: What do we want Santa Fe, and the world, to look like for Future Generations, and how do we get there from here?

Each dialogue will address a critical issue our city faces which also reflects global issues, including: affordable housing, job creation, the upcoming mayoral election, the environment, film & technology, nuclear weapons, and cyber connectivity. We recognize that progress can only be made by breaking down silos, bringing diverse voices to the conversation, and finding what connects rather than separates us. It is our goal that at the end of this year of engagements and dialogues that we will have a clear action plan to continue working on key initiatives and building ongoing partnerships to strengthen our economy and help build a sustainable future for our city.

Your interest and support is vital for Creative Santa Fe to become a leader in connecting our community, creating city-wide conversations, and effecting positive change throughout the city. We hope you will support Creative Santa Fe with a year-end gift to help us continue on our path to ensure that Santa Fe is a healthy, vibrant, and thriving city for generations to come.

To donate and/or to be on our mailing list, click here, mail a check to PO Box 2388 Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87504, or call Executive Director, Cyndi Conn at 505-288-3538.

Thank you in advance for your support and belief in Creative Santa Fe.

Wishing you the very best for the holidays and the new year,

Sandy Zane, Owner

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art | form & concept

City Lights

Sandy Zane with George RR Martin, N Scott Momaday and Max Manzanares- 2017 Mayors Arts Awards- Santa Fe New Mexico

Our own Sandy Zane accepted a Santa Fe Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts this weekend! Here she is with fellow honorees George R.R. Martin, N. Scott Momaday and Max Manzanares. Here’s what Michael Abatemarco of Santa Fe New Mexican had to say about the evening and Sandy’s involvement in the local arts community:

Since 1991, Santa Fe’s mayor has been honoring members of the arts community with annual awards for excellence in the visual arts, literature, performing arts, philanthropy, and more. The awards celebrate Santa Fe as an arts destination that plays a crucial role in preserving and expanding local and regional culture and history and in supporting the city’s economy. The awards, presented this year by Mayor Javier M. Gonzales and the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, are given out at a dinner and ceremony. […]

Sandy Zane, co-owner with her husband, Ned Bennett, of Zane Bennett Contemporary Art and Form & Concept, her more recent contemporary art space, gets an award as a major supporter of the arts. Zane has represented established and emerging artists with a commitment to showcasing works by younger generations and local and international talent working in a variety of media. Zane’s philanthropic activities include support of New Mexico School for the Arts, the New Mexico Museum Foundation, and other organizations, and she has served on the boards of the New Mexico State University Foundation and Creative Santa Fe, and more.

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* Photo by David Jaffee

Call for Entries: Guns to Art Benefit Show

Guns to Art Benefit Show

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017, 11:59 pm
Submit To: submissions@formandconcept.center
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form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico collaborates with Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) and the non-partisan 501(c)3 organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) for this special exhibition. Silent and live auctions at the reception will feature artwork made from decommissioned firearms by faculty and students of SFCC’s Art Department, along with works reflecting on gun violence prevention by artists and jewelers from across the United States. Proceeds will benefit art and welding scholarships at SFCC, NMPGV and the participating artists. The Guns to Art Benefit Show will be on view from November 7 to 17, 2017, with a reception and live auction on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 4-7 pm. An online and in-gallery silent auction featuring a selection of the works will run for the duration of the exhibition, and end on the evening of the reception.

Artists are invited to enter up to three works, the submission form and a 250-word artist statement describing how each submission reflects on gun violence prevention. Please provide a high resolution image of each work. Entries can be artworks or jewelry of any size or medium, and don’t need to incorporate decommissioned gun parts to be considered. The submission deadline is October 9, after which a jury selected by form & concept will choose the works and notify the artists by October 20. Upon notification, the artists will receive a contract that they must sign, scan and email back to form & concept (submissions@formandconcept.center) before shipping their work. Selected artists are expected to cover the costs of shipping their work to the gallery, and to enclose a return shipping label from FedEx or UPS in the case of a work not selling.

The works will appear in an online and in-gallery silent auction that begins November 7 ends at the conclusion of the Guns to Art Benefit Show on November 17. Works that do not appear in the silent auction will be on the block in a live auction at the event. Participating artists will be notified before the Guns to Art Benefit Show opens whether their work will be in the silent or live auctions. 50% of each sale will go to the participating artist, 25% will go to NMPGV and the SFCC Art Department’s scholarship program, and 25% will go to form & concept gallery.

Please email high resolution images, a 250-word artist statement and the submission form to submissions@formandconcept.center by October 9 to be considered for the Guns to Art Benefit Show.

To Submit:

-Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 9 at 11:59 pm.
-Submissions should be sent to submissions@formandconcept.center.
-Artists must fill out the official submission form in order to be considered.
-Artists are invited to submit up to three works of art or jewelry. Please provide a high resolution image of each work. File size should be no larger than 6 MB per file, JPGs preferred.
-Entries can be artworks or jewelry of any size or medium, and do NOT need to incorporate decommissioned gun parts to be considered.
-Submissions should reflect on gun violence prevention. A 250-word artist statement must accompany the work(s), describing how the work(s) fit with the theme. Please provide only one artist statement, even if you submit multiple works.
-Artists will be notified if their work is selected by the jury by October 20, and will be expected to sign and return form & concept’s contract (submissions@formandconcept.center) before shipping the artwork.
-Artists are expected to cover the shipping costs of their work, and provide a FedEx or UPS shipping label for return shipping in case of an unsold work. Selected artworks may be hand-delivered to the gallery.

If Selected:

-50% of each sale will go to the artist, 25% will go to New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence and the Santa Fe Community College Art Department’s scholarship program, and 25% will go to form & concept gallery.
-Work should arrive at form & concept gallery by no later than November 3 at 5:00 pm.
-The Guns to Art Benefit Show will be on view from November 7 to 17, 2017, with a reception and live auction on November 17, 2017 from 4-7 pm.
-An online and in-gallery silent auction featuring a display of selected works will run for the duration of the exhibition, and end on the evening of the reception.

Timeline:

Submission Deadline: Monday, October 9, 2017, 11:59 pm
Selected Artists Notified: Friday, October 20, 2017
Artwork Arrival Deadline: Friday, November 3, 2017, 5:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: November 7-17, 2017
Reception & Live Auction: Friday, November 17, 2017, 4-7 pm