Cultural Bytes – 20 September, 2011

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Cultural Bytes – 20 September, 2011

The Santa Fe Film Festival in association with Heath Concerts and the Railyard Community Corporation presents a free community event to kick off its 2011 Festival Season  on Friday September 23rd  – a screening of the Oscar®-winning film Juno and a concert by former Moldy Peaches’ singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson, whose music is featured on the Juno soundtrack. The Kimya Dawson concert begins at 6 p.m. at the Railyard Plaza Water Tower followed by a couple of New Mexico shorts and Juno under the stars in Railyard Park at 8:15.  Bring a blanket or two—it could get chilly!

Classes for History Museum Guides Feature Lectures on the Stories of Our Past

The New Mexico History Museum will begin a series of weekly classes for museum guides on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30 am, Sept. 13 through the spring (holidays excepted). Dr. Andrew Leo Lovato, an author of New Mexico history and an associate professor at Santa Fe Community College, will give an overview of the state’s history and offer valuable communication skills for connecting with museum visitors. Numerous guest speakers will address topics of regional history and ways to use the museum’s exhibits, images and artifacts to interact with visitors.

The course is free and takes place in the History Museum’s classroom. Call Rene Harris at 505-476-5087 for more information or to sign up.

More than a Virus – Art Exhibition

More than a Virus, the current exhibition at the Community Gallery in the Santa Fe Convention Center, was mounted as part of AIDS Impact 2011; an international conference that took place from September 12-15 in Santa Fe. The show consists of a wide range of media and styles curated by Mark Frossard, a Santa Fe figurative painter.

It was, however, the non-figurative work of artist Tina Blackburn that was the most meaningful for me. Though I usually ignore labels next to artwork, particularly those that state an artist’s intentions or meaning; I found this artist’s words quite compelling. Tina’s series of charcoal drawings is entitled: Life Marks Us. The pieces I saw were accompanied by these words: “The marks in these drawings represent actions that have marked our lives. The marks are then re-marked with an eraser in an attempt to correct those actions. The result is marks and shadows of marks left. HIV/AIDS inevitably marks lives just as the marks remain after the eraser has been applied”.

Seeing the dense charcoal “marks” of her work, entitled Gathering, followed by Fracturing and then Separate, from the series, is a very profound experience, especially in context of the show. The show closes all too soon this Friday; but, for me, the images of Tina’s work remain.