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