Ida Kleiterp’s Acequias

Dutch Sculptor and Installation Artist
Ida Kleiterp’s

Monday, April 9 – Friday, April 27
9am – 5pm M-F @ SFAI

Monday, April 9
6pm @ Tipton Hall/SFAI

in collaboration with Railyard Stewards
Saturday, April 21
10am-1pm, @ SF Railyard

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to welcome Dutch sculptor and installation artist, Ida Kleiterp to the Santa Fe Art Institute for the month of April.

Sculptor and installation artist Ida Kleiterp was born in Beverwijk in 1948 and lives and works in Amsterdam. During a visit to Spain in 2001, Kleiterp was struck by the extraordinary architectural forms she saw in the mountainous landscape of the Alpujarras. They were the ‘Acequias,’ a network of reservoirs, channels, and moveable gates, which together formed a remarkable and ancient irrigation system. Kleiterp’s sculptures, inspired by these ancient forms, can be seen in an exciting exhibition at SFAI – Acequias – where she will be spending the month of April working with and exploring the Acequias of northern New Mexico. In addition, while at the SFAI, Kleiterp will offer a one-day workshop (presented by the SFAI in collaboration with the Santa Fe Watershed Association and the Railyard Stewards) and will work with public school children on expressing their personal stories and meanings of water through art. You can see the work of previous children’s workshops from around the world at her “Acequias Around the World” Facebook page

Kleiterp’s artistic training began at the Free Academy in The Hague (1977) and the Summer Academy in Niederbipp, Switzerland (1981). After deciding to pursue art as a full-time career, she studied sculpture at the Rijksakademie for Fine Arts in Amsterdam (1983 to 1986). During that period she won the Uriot Prize two times. Since 1986 she has annually exhibited her work at various locations in the Netherlands and abroad. Kleiterp’s sculptures can be found in the Jewish Historical Museum Collection in Amsterdam, and in private collections throughout the Netherlands and in Spain, Italy, Greece, Papua, New Guinea and Cuba.

About the Acequia Art Workshop & La Llorona Performance
Saturday, April 21, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Santa Fe Art Institute and the Railyard Stewards will co-host an intergenerational workshop by SFAI visiting artist, Ida Kleiterp, to share a global perspective on acequias. Ida has studied these “trails” through the landscapes of Japan, Syria, and Peru to name a few, and comes to Santa Fe to embrace how acequias shaped Santa Fe. On this day, enjoy a lively performance of the ghost, La Llorona, by Rosalia de Aragon of the New Mexico Humanities Council Chautauqua program. Afterwards create acequia-inspired tiles to form a new cultural trail. Visit Ida Kleiterp’s website at Space is limited, so save your spot today! Please RSVP with Rachel at by Thursday, April 19.

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