The sisters’ legacy
El Delirio, the Garcia Street compound of Amelia Elizabeth White and Martha Root White, has a long and storied history. The White sisters, East Coast socialites who settled in Santa Fe in the early 1920s, hosted some of the most prominent artists and writers of the day, putting on extravagant balls, costume parties, poetry readings, concerts, and plays. Their legacy lives on in the institutions they helped establish, including the Laboratory of Anthropology at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, not to mention the School for Advanced Research (SAR), which is on the site of the White estate. SAR, home to a world-class collection of Native art, continues to advance research in anthropological and related studies while playing host to visiting artists and scholars. On the cover is an undated photo of Martha Root White posing for a sculpture by artist François Tonetti.