Culture

An Indigenous Art Exhibition Examines America's Roots

SITE Santa Fe's 'much wider than a line' exhibit takes a visceral look at pre-American culture.
12 June 2016, 11:15am
Remnant, Moose Jaw Boned, 2016. Images courtesy the artist, unless otherwise noted

By weaving in the histories of pre-American peoples, the much wider than a line exhibition at SITE Santa Fe reexamines American art from its pre-colonial beginnings to the present.

The driving theme of the New Mexico-based show congeals in the Paolo Soleri Amphitheater. Named after the utopian architect behind Arcosanti, the unique space was constructed with aboriginal aesthetics taking center stage. During its years of activity, the theater offered a stage setting for indigenous performers who adopted the non-governmentally-funded site as their own.

Paolo Soleri Theatre, c. 1975. Courtesy of IAIA Archives, Santa Fe, New Mexico 

Remnant, Caribou Antler, 2016. much wider than a line, SITElines.2016:NewPerspectives On Art of the AmericasRemnant, Moscox Fur, 2016Remnant, Seal Intestine, 2016

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