City of Mud
1114A HICKOX ST., SANTA FE NM 87505, Santa Fe NM 87505
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Santa Fe collectors will enjoy a rare opportunity to view and buy authentic African
ceremonial objects at collaborative artspace City of Mud, as the focus of a new
"Neo•Tribal" show which opens on Friday, October 14th, with a reception from 5 to 8
that evening at 1114A Hickox (across the street from TuneUp Café). The show will
juxtapose modern paintings and mid-century décor with a variety of artifacts from the
Burleigh 1997 Collection, brought to the United States by Dr. Elizabeth Burleigh, an
anthropologist who lived and worked for years in Zambia and Namibia in maternal,
infant and child health, and prevention of TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria. She worked
closely with the Bemba, Lozi, Tonga, Ngoni, Mbunda, Chewa, Lunda, Lovale, Himba,
Owambo, Herero, Damara, Nama, Bastars and Kavango peoples. Her husband worked
with the tribes in wildlife preservation efforts during the same years.
This collection has never before been seen by the public, who will be able to purchase
artifacts, as the collection is currently being downsized.
"These are not items made for the tourist trade," explains City of Mud artist and curator
Sasha Pyle. "They were actually made to be used in tribal ceremonies. Many were
rescued from certain destruction when local police departments were rounding up and
burning artifacts which missionaries has deemed dangerously pagan. Some of these
artifacts had been hidden in the tops of trees to keep them safe. Many are quite old, but
even those from the 70's and 80's were created in very traditional forms. We are honored
to show this rare and beautiful collection for the first time, and will be rotating groups of
artifacts, along with contemporary artworks that we have curated to harmonize with the
tribal motif, throughout the winter months. You'll see diverse items including textiles,
masks, chairs, drums, spears, arrows, spoons and fetishes. They are elegant and dramatic
when paired with modern art."
Dr. Burleigh says, "These things are tactile, and we encourage people to touch them.
Some items, like the spoons, show wear from prolonged use, which is interesting to see.
This show can be of interest to collectors, of course, but equally to artists and creative
people. Because African art is so rooted in archetype, it speaks to everyone, and it is
particularly inspiring to artists. Think of Picasso and Giacometti whose art drew on
African forms and integrated them into Western culture." Dr. Burleigh and her husband
will both be on hand at the opening to answer questions, and the artifacts will be
displayed with information about their provenance and use.
"The gallery is named City of Mud not just to celebrate our own area's earthen
architecture, but also to evoke a thread of kinship which binds the Southwest to other
places in the world that maintain indigenous arts and building styles," Pyle adds. "The
combination of handmade tribal objects with contemporary work by local artists perfectly
captures our design aesthetic."
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