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Art of the Draw

A Santa Fe Collaboration

George Burdeau (Blackfeet), Beast Series (detail), 1964, mixed media, watercolor on paper, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.?

Four Santa Fe cultural institutions contribute to Art of the Draw during the summer. The multi-venue, multi-event, world-class collaboration celebrates drawing as the fundamental starting point for creation in both the arts and sciences for representational painting, sculpting, engineering, design, and architecture. The featured exhibitions collectively explore drawing as the root of art, the first form of written expression that informs the creative process.

The Art of the Draw collaboration includes the New Mexico Museum of Art's exhibition Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now; the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's presentation of its namesake's drawings in conjunction with her paintings; the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ exhibition Action Abstraction Redefined; and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale's 2017 Summer Festival Season, which will feature a score dedicated to Pablo Picasso.

Explored individually, any of these exhibitions will be rewarding; explored together, this exciting collaboration exemplifies the power of drawing. The exhibitions feature the great masters of the Renaissance to New Mexico’s American artists, and great American artist Georgia O’Keeffe, complemented by live concerts by Santa Fe Desert Chorale.

The New Mexico Museum of Art Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now: from the British Museum is on exhibition through September 17, 2017.

With a collection of more than 700 drawings and sketchbooks, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum tells the story of the artist's life and art with great depth and nuance. The current installation, A Great American Artist, A Great American Story, runs through October. The galleries showcase several drawings in conjunction with finished paintings. These pairings demonstrate how O’Keeffe worked out her ideas of abstraction and composition before picking up her paintbrush. Throughout the summer the museum will explore this theme, featuring presentations and drawing workshops for artists of all skills and ages.

The IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) exhibition Action Abstraction Redefined, runs from July 7, 2017 through December 31, 2018. These pieces and drawings are from MoCNA’s permanent collection, created in the 1960s and 70s at IAIA. These early works are a visual testimony to the institute's revolutionary educational curriculum that sparked a cultural change within Native Art by defying the standards imposed by the dominant society since the eighteenth century.

The eighth movement of Francis Poulenc’s Figure Humaine, dedicated to Pablo Picasso, is the centerpiece of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale's 2017 Summer Festival Season program Liberté: Music of Resistance and Revolution. Liberté is a program curated by Music Director Joshua Habermann on the theme of resistance and revolution. The centerpiece, Poulenc’s Figure Humaine, a musically demanding cantata for double mixed a cappella choir. In 1943, poet Paul Eluard wrote the texts during the Nazi occupation of France.

Art of the Draw collaboration is supported by funding from the Santa Fe Arts Commission.

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