Mixed Me­dia SITE Santa Fe’s 20th-an­niver­sary birth­day bash

Pasatiempo - - CONTENTS - — Michael Abatemarco

SITE Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Per­alta, 505-989-1199) is cel­e­brat­ing its 20-year an­niver­sary, but the con­tem­po­rary-art venue isn’t ex­pect­ing any china. In­stead, SITE is invit­ing you to a party. Its eighthour com­mu­nity birth­day cel­e­bra­tion takes place on Satur­day, May 9, from noon un­til sun­down, with hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, live per­for­mances, food, and art. Events in­clude Sewing Cir­cle, a work­shop from noon to 3 p.m. led by vis­it­ing artist Marie Watt, whose art­work will be on ex­hibit in SITE’s up­com­ing July ex­hibit. Also from noon to 3 p.m., artist Ja­son Mid­dle­brook, whose work ap­peared in last year’s Un­set­tled

Land­scapes ex­hibit, presents a bird­house-mak­ing work­shop in con­junc­tion with his on­go­ing project Your Gen­eral Store ,a mo­bile store cur­rently lo­cated in back of SITE that op­er­ates on a barter sys­tem. Rose B. Simp­son and Los An­ge­les street artist Breeze col­lab­o­rate on a lowrider paint­ing demon­stra­tion us­ing a 1968 Chevy Im­pala as their can­vas. Simp­son, whose work is in 20 Years/20 Shows: Spring, will lead an apoc­a­lyp­tic fash­ion pa­rade in her souped-up, black-on-black pot­tery-themed lowrider, Maria, at 3 p.m. There is mu­sic by DJ Yon and a live per­for­mance by Afro, pop, and funk band Jaka. SITE guides are also on hand to lead tours through the ex­hibits. All com­mu­nity birth­day events are free.

Vis­i­tors can also view SITE’s cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion 20 Years/20 Shows: Spring through May, as well as a spe­cial ben­e­fit art ex­hibit and sale, Dou­ble Vi­sion, which opens Fri­day, May 8, at 5 p.m. with a free pre­view re­cep­tion. Re­serve a space by call­ing SITE. Two works each from 10 artists, in­clud­ing Thomas Ashcraft, Paul Sark­isian, Joanne Lefrak, and Erika Wa­nen­macher, are in the ex­hibit, and sales ben­e­fit SITE Santa Fe. The show re­mains on view through Sun­day, May 10. What’s In­side, an ex­hibit of young artists’ work cu­rated by SITE Santa Fe’s Young Cu­ra­tors, opens with a free re­cep­tion fol­low­ing the birth­day bash at 6 p.m. on Satur­day, May 9. The Young Cu­ra­tors is an af­ter-school pro­gram for high-school stu­dents, who learn all as­pects of mount­ing a mu­seum ex­hi­bi­tion, in­clud­ing mar­ket­ing and fundrais­ing, and choos­ing and in­stalling works. What’s In­side fea­tures a se­lec­tion of pieces from 15 artists be­tween the ages of six­teen and twenty-four. This is the first time the Young Cu­ra­tors ex­hibit is mounted in­side SITE Santa Fe. The show is on view through May. Chelsea Garcia: Los­ing Clar­ity ,2015, archival pig­ment prints; above, photo of Rose B. Simp­son’s lowrider, Maria, 2014

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