The Mexican-American author Rudolfo Anaya never finished Business school, but that did not prevent him from achieving a highly successful literary career. Lindsay Parnell explains why Anaya is considered the founder of contemporary Chicano literature.
The gallery is an haven for post-war abstract art lovers. It features both historic and contemporary artwork and highlights artists important to art historical movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Colorfield, Op, Pop Art, conceptualism and more.
EVOKE Contemporary is a lofty gallery space in an historic 1800’s building. EVOKE brings a fresh vibe the Santa Fe art scene with a mix of Latin American masters including Javier Marín, Sergio Garval, Ricardo Pinto and Yuri Zatarain and American greats.
Located in the Historic Railyard District of Santa Fe, the gallery invites visitors to re-think their artistic expectations through its visually-stimulating and unexpected exhibitions. The gallery represents artists including Karina Hean, José Bedia and Anish Kapoor.
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts located in Santa Fe’s Pueblo Revival-style Federal Building is the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists.
New Mexico’s most celebrated artist and amongst the most prominent American artists of the 20th century, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum showcases both her instantly recognisable works inspired by the New Mexico landscape and lesser known pieces.
Originally established for the study of Navajo ceremonialism and based on Mary Wheelwright’s original collections of Native American and Spanish Colonial arts, the museum now offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art.
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is a premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art with a focus on the presentation of indigenous cultures.
The Albuquerque Museum is located in Albuquerque, New Mexico in Old Town Albuquerque dedicated to preserving the art of the American Southwest and the history of Albuquerque and the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico.
The museum presents historic and contemporary art from New Mexico and the Southwest. The oldest art museum in the state, it exhibits works that underscore the cross-influences of Native American, Hispanic, and European cultures in New Mexico.
Santa Fe Artist @Home provides an intimate look into the practises of local artists living in Santa Fe. Historic Walks also offers customised gallery tours led by Historic Walk's professional guides/art historians.
The Tao Indians are considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the USA; the Taos Pueblo Tour takes visitors to discover the Pueblo Indian culture and visit the ancient pueblo structures, which are estimated to be 1,000 years old.
Georgia O’Keeffe’s paid homage to New Mexico’s native landscapes in her greatest works. Visitors can walk in the vision of the great artist as they visit the stunning cliffs of the Piedra Lumbre, Pedernal Mountain and the black trails of waterfalls against canyon walls.
The historic Las Palomas is built from traditional adobe bricks. With private casitas featuring unique artwork, hand-woven rugs and custom furnishings, guests experience Pueblo Style architecture as well as contemporary Native American art and craftsmanship.
La Posada began life as a private estate from 1882 to the 1930s, when its owners added casitas for artists to stay as guests. When it became a hotel in the 1940s, La Posada kept its artistic tradition and continued to exhibit and represent local artists.
Hotel Parq Central is housed in a historic building dating from 1926. The perfect blend of contemporary comfort and historic elegance, this boutique hotel is ideal for leisure and business travelers in search of a memorable stay.
Luminaria draws inspiration from New Mexico's first inhabitants, the Anasazi ‘Children of the Light’. Luminaria’s rich Southwestern flavours are complemented by a kiva fireplace and colorful paintings by Native American artist Mateo Romero.
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New Mexico Profile
Inhabitants came to New Mexico from all directions; Native Americans,
Europeans, Latin Americans and Mexicans from the south. Each of their histories
and cultures accumulated and intertwined to form the diverse and rich culture
that exists there today. The Spanish colours and the Native American ‘Zia’
symbol on the state flag are a reminder of this diversity. However New Mexico
is sparsely populated and dominated largely by an unforgiving desert into which
few visitors venture.
The state is one of those which formed the ‘frontier’ onto the wilderness
where lawlessness and anarchy presided. The literature of the state recognizes that
‘Wild West’ past; Michael Ondaatje’s The
Collected Works of Billy the Kid records the trials and tribulations of one
of the most notorious outlaws of the South-western states, Billy the Kid. Angie Debo’s Geronimo, on the other
hand, portrays the Native American experience within the state and the tragic
conflict between the indigenous people and the American settlers.
The films of the state are also of this category with the most prominent
being Stagecoach, widely considered
a classic of the Western genre, and Pat
Garrett and Billy the Kid, which again features the exploits of the famous