Matthew Irwin

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ALBUQUERQUE — Mel Chin’s “The Potential Project,” represented by an installation at 516 Arts, embodies the teetering ambiguities of “first world” philanthropy.

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ALBUQUERQUE — Last June, Catherine Harris and her family were at the tail end of a rocky 23-day working vacation in northern Denmark when a bee stung the older of her two children, a daughter who fell to her knees and began shaking her head in pain.

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ALBUQUERQUE — Archives have a particular meaning to Indigenous people.

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ALBUQUERQUE — Carlos Contreras glares down from the stage at Tricklock Performance Laboratory, animated and preaching into the mic like the National Poetry Slam champion that he is.

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ALBUQUERQUE — Last week, George R.R. Martin, writer of the Game of Thrones books, made his second multimillion-dollar property investment in Santa Fe’s entertainment and tourism industry.

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ALBUQUERQUE — If you live on the West Coast, you’ve probably already read plenty about Jessamyn Lovell’s “revenge” piece Dear Erin Hart,.

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ALBUQUERQUE — Writer, curator, and (now) gallery owner Nancy Zastudil summarized her experience opening a commercial art gallery in Albuquerque with one Facebook post.

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IFAM organizers

ALBUQUERQUE — Not often, when a popular board member leaves an arts organization, do constituents get riled enough to do something about it, other than perhaps grumble on Facebook. However, John Torres Nez’s resignation from the Southwestern Association of Indian Art in April tapped a well of discontent that had been bubbling for a while: Native artists were unhappy with Native art markets run by non-Natives.

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — SITE Santa Fe claims to have established the first international art biennial in the United States. The year was 1995, the theme was “Longing and Belonging,” the raison d’être was to create a global exhibition in lil’ ole Santa Fe, and the response was so strong, according to the organization’s current director and curator, Irene Hofmann, that “SITE Santa FE” shifted from the name of a biennial to a cultural institution with full-time programming the very next year.

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Going WEST in Austin

by Matthew Irwin on May 1, 2013

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AUSTIN, Tex. — A few months ago, when announced its search for a new culture editor (who would be based in New York City), a fan quickly snarked on Facebook that Gotham is passé; Austin is the new home of American culture.

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