The Santa Fe Biennale
“Much Wider than a Line”

The title of this year’s massive art event in Santa Fe points to the boundaries between cultures, native American and European.  That boundary is not just a line, it comprises a significant overlap of ideas, meaning, actual territory, and it is embodied by the symbol of this year’s Biennale, the Paolo Soleri Amphitheatre, threatened with demolition but still standing on the grounds of the Indian School in Santa Fe.

[photos and text by Jeff Stein]

A special gallery at There is also a ceramic model of the theatre and a text from the 1960’s by the then-director of the Institute of American Indian Arts, artist Lloyd Kiva New and Rolland Meinholz, describing how the new amphitheatre should function for “Indian Theatre Practice”, ie, 3-dimensional, non-scenic, growing from the earth of the site, with the chance for the audience to experience multiple perspectives.  This is exactly how it did function, too, until recently when political issues among tribes, the federal government, etc. led to this immensely popular Santa Fe landmark’s closing as a public venue.

Santa Fe architect Conrad Skinner, a leader of the “Save our Paolo Soleri” movement in New Mexico, along with curator Pablo Leon de la Barra and SITE director Irene Hofman put together this exhibit with the assistance of Soleri Archive director Tomiaki Tamura and archivist Sue Kirsch. Cosanti co-president Jeff Stein represented the Foundation at opening ceremonies in Santa Fe, and gave a talk to the Santa Fe AIA while he was there.

in the photo: Conrad Skinner and Jeff Stein

“Much Wider than a Line” is at SITE SANTA FE opened on July 14. and will be on display until January 8, 2017.

in the photo: the logo for the event on t-shits and bags.

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