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Rika Burn­ham of The Frick Col­lec­tion speaks on the link be­tween view­ers and art

Rika Burn­ham, head of ed­u­ca­tion at The Frick Col­lec­tion in New York and project di­rec­tor for Teach­ing In­sti­tute for Mu­seum Ed­u­ca­tors at the School of the Art In­sti­tute of Chicago, presents “The Dreamer Po­si­tion,” a lec­ture on the ex­pe­ri­ence of mean­ing­ful en­coun­ters be­tween view­ers and works of art. Burn­ham ex­plores what oc­curs in the mo­ment when the viewer be­comes an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the ex­pe­ri­ence and the art­work comes alive. “We seek the trans­for­ma­tive rather than the pre­scrip­tive and the for­mu­laic,” she writes. “We seek the in­tense en­counter with a sin­gle ob­ject rather than a ca­sual glance at a hun­dred art­works. And fi­nally, we seek ex­pe­ri­ence and risk. Some­times en­coun­ters are ne­go­ti­ated through our words, some­times through our dreams.” Her talk is part of SITE Santa Fe’s an­nual In­no­va­tive Thinker Lec­ture se­ries and is spon­sored by the Gale Fam­ily Foun­da­tion. The an­nual lec­ture was es­tab­lished in honor of Juliet My­ers, for­mer SITE di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion, and high­lights the achieve­ments of vi­sion­ary ed­u­ca­tors work­ing in con­tem­po­rary art. Burham holds a de­gree in art his­tory from Har­vard Univer­sity and re­ceived an hon­orary doc­tor­ate of fine arts from Mas­sachusetts Col­lege of Art and De­sign. Her book Teach­ing in the Art Mu­seum: In­ter­pre­ta­tion

pub­lished in 2011 by the J. Paul Getty Mu­seum and coau­thored with El­liott Kai-Kee, won a PROSE Award from the As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­i­can Pub­lish­ers.

The lec­ture takes place at Santa Fe Per­form­ing Arts’ Ar­mory for the Arts The­ater (1050 Old Pe­cos Trail) at 6 p.m. on Tues­day, April 4. Tick­ets are $10 (free for stu­dents and se­niors) and are avail­able at the door or on­line at www.site­santafe.org. Call SITE Santa Fe at 505-989-1199. — Michael Abatemarco

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