Mixed Me­dia

Two new ex­hi­bi­tions at Santa Fe Clay; Meow Wolf seeks to ex­pand

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Meow Wolf Art Com­plex re­opened on Feb. 1, after clos­ing for two weeks for a series of up­grades to their ex­hibit House of Eter­nal Re­turn. Meow Wolf’s im­mer­sive show, cen­tered on the dis­ap­pear­ance of the fic­tional Selig fam­ily, is de­signed to ap­peal to all ages. The in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibit was cre­ated by a team of more than 150 artists and tech­ni­cians. Ac­cord­ing to their web­site, www.me­ow­wolf.com, the up­grades will al­low au­di­ences to “in­ter­act with new mu­si­cal in­stru­ments and dis­cover new clues and con­tent about the mys­tery of the fam­ily.” Meow Wolf CEO and co-founder Vince Kad­lubek told KRQE-TV 13 news in Jan­uary that the group wants to ex­pand into other ar­eas, pos­si­bly Den­ver or Austin, and cre­ate a $7 mil­lion cre­ative man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity in Santa Fe. “There are def­i­nite plans for it,” Kad­lubek told Pasatiempo. “Meow Wolf is plan­ning on cre­at­ing more im­mer­sive ex­hi­bi­tions in ma­jor mar­kets. It seems more doable for the team to be work­ing on projects that are within the re­gion, and the brand recog­ni­tion is much larger in the re­gional area. That’s where the man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­ity comes into play. We want to house our head­quar­ters here in Santa Fe.” Kad­lubek said Meow Wolf hopes to em­ploy as many as 300 more peo­ple over the next 10 years.

On Dec. 28, The New Mex­i­can re­ported that Meow Wolf Art Com­plex had be­come the most In­sta­grammed place in New Mex­ico and thou­sands of vis­i­tors pass through the ex­hi­bi­tion on a given day. The ar­ti­cle stated that Meow Wolf has been an eco­nomic force in the Siler Road district, bring­ing more cus­tomers to lo­cal restau­rants and food ven­dors and cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties at the art com­plex. Meow Wolf has also started a fund to sup­port in­ter­na­tional DIY art and mu­sic projects. Ap­pli­ca­tions are avail­able on the Meow Wolf web­site. — Michael Abatemarco

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