Mixed Me­dia Daugh­ter of Rooms at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe

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When Su­san Fer­gu­son was a lit­tle girl, her mother moved the fam­ily out West from Detroit. As a young woman, Fer­gu­son went to Mex­ico and stud­ied art at the Es­cuela Na­cional Pin­tura y Es­cul­tura, an in­sti­tu­tion also known as “La Es­mer­alda,” un­der Frida Kahlo and Fran­cisco Zúñiga. Fer­gu­son met her hus­band, James, there, and they had a daugh­ter, Cather­ine. Cather­ine be­came an artist and il­lus­tra­tor, and set­tled in Gal­is­teo, New Mex­ico, while in her later years, Su­san Fer­gu­son split her time be­tween La Jolla, Cal­i­for­nia, and Te­suque, where she kept a home un­til she died in 2014. Now a mul­ti­me­dia ex­hi­bi­tion at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Fa­milia), called Daugh­ter of Rooms, show­cases the el­der Fer­gu­son’s art­work and mem­o­ra­bilia from her years in Mex­ico, and fea­tures a visual and po­etic in­stal­la­tion, The Woman on the Bed, by Cather­ine Fer­gu­son, as well as a se­lec­tion of her retab­los. Daugh­ter of Rooms opens Fri­day, July 8, at 1 p.m., with a pre­sen­ta­tion of a col­lab­o­ra­tive video/poem project Cather­ine Fer­gu­son cre­ated with Colleen Carias, a Santa Fe-based poet and film­maker. In con­junc­tion with the ex­hibit, Fer­gu­son reads with po­ets Kather­ine DiBella Seluja and Tina Carl­son in the theater at El Museo on Saturday, July 16, at 4 p.m. Carl­son, a psy­chi­atric nurse prac­ti­tioner, is the au­thor of Ground, Wind,

This Body, forth­com­ing from the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Press in 2017. Seluja, who is also a nurse prac­ti­tioner, is the au­thor of Gather the Night, forth­com­ing from the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico Press in 2018. Daugh­ter

of Rooms is on ex­hibit at El Museo through July. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 505-992-0591. — Jen­nifer Levin

Cather­ine Fer­gu­son: Trip­typch for My Mother (de­tail), 2014, wa­ter­color and ink on ges­soed wood board

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