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SITE Santa Fe Presents Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera

The exhibition examines themes of race, gender and class within the stories, traditions, architecture, and music of opera. On view through Fall 2019.

Yinka Shonibare CBE, Addio del Passato Film Still 3, (2011), digital chromogenic print, 50 x 71 in. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York.

SITE Santa Fe presents Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera through the Fall 2019. Examining themes of race, gender and class within the stories, traditions, architecture, and music of opera, this exhibition features the work of Vasco Araújo, Suzanne Bocanegra, Candida Höfer, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Yinka Shonibare CBE, Matthias Schaller, and Bill Viola.

Among the works included is a film that provides a post-colonial take on Verdi; large-scale photographs of iconic opera houses that explore the architecture and order of social space; multiple installations that investigate the stories, music, sets and costumes of opera; drawings and collages that abstract opera design; and an installation of a fictional diva’s dressing room that examines gender roles. The first large-scale exhibition of its kind, Bel Canto engages opera aficionados and novices alike, offering unexpected glimpses behind the scenes and deep into the cultures and histories that have influenced this iconic art form over the years.

Join SITE Santa Fe for a Gala Dinner & Opera Ball on July 19, featuring the artists of Bel Canto, elegant gala dining in the exhibition galleries, special performances, and an Opera Ball and Dance Party. While you are here, enjoy the world renowned Santa Fe Opera.

Lead Sponsor: Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.

This message made possible in part by City of Santa Fe Occupancy Tax.

For more information, visit sitesantafe.org/exhibition/bel-canto.