Ricardo Legorreta and Santa Fe – A Weekend Celebration

The Santa Fe Art Institute and Santa Fe University of Art and Design Announce:

A weekend of activities across Santa Fe to honor the influence of Ricardo Legorreta’s creative force on Santa Fe design.

Por favor, únase a nosotros para un fin de semana de eventos para celebrar Ricardo Legorreta.

Santa Fe, NM – The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) and Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), in coordination with Thornburg Investment Management, Zocalo Condominiums, Lloyd & Associates Architects, Spears Architects, Martinez Architecture Studio and the City of Santa Fe will present “Ricardo Legorreta and Santa Fe,” an event honoring the legacy of the late Mexican architect whose inspired designs have helped shape the landscape of many residential, institutional and corporate buildings in Santa Fe.

Friday, October 19
(all events are free unless otherwise noted)
4 p.m. – Exhibition Opening (curated by Simón De Agüero) & Reception – “Ricardo Legorreta and Santa Fe” (SFAI)
6 p.m. – Screening of video, “Ricardo Legorreta’s Biographical Path,” a presentation by Victor Legorreta on his father’s work, and a talk by Wayne Lloyd on “Experiencing the Legorreta Design Process.” (Tipton Hall on the SFUAD campus)
7:30 p.m. – SFAI Benefit Dinner with Victor Legorreta (SFAI) – $200 per person

Saturday, October 20
11 a.m. – Khristaan Villela lecture, “Mexican Modernism: The Architecture of Ricardo Legorreta” (Tipton Hall on the SFUAD campus)
12 p.m. – Guided tour of SFUAD Visual Arts Center
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. – Self-guided tours of SFAI, SFUAD, Zocalo Condominiums, and a private Santa Fe Residence (click here for a map of locations)
1:45, 2:30, 3:15 p.m. – Scheduled, guided tours of the Thornburg Campus
5 p.m. – Closing Reception (Zocalo Condominiums)

The weekend of Oct. 19-20 will consist of a series of lectures, two films and tours (both guided and self-guided) of the major Ricardo Legorreta architecture in the city. The prominent Legorreta buildings in Santa Fe include the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Santa Fe University of Art and Design Visual Arts Center, Thornburg Investment Management and the Zocalo Condominiums. Ricardo Legorreta introduced Mexican modernism to a global audience and brought his crisp, brightly colored aesthetic to the Southwest, California and Santa Fe. Legorreta’s work featured the clean lines and spare forms of modern design and it also incorporated elements of Mexican vernacular architecture including thick protective walls, spacious courtyards and bold color. There is a strong sense of procession and a noticeable theatricality in Legorreta’s designs.  Serpentine plans and hidden courtyards replaced direct axes and clear sightlines. He inherits from Barragán a distrust of the glass curtain wall, preferring the sense of enclosure and stability provided by thick-wall construction.  “Modern architects want too much clarity in a building,” he told Architectural Record in 2000.  “They miss the pleasures of mystery and intrigue.”

The “Ricardo Legorreta and Santa Fe” activities span two days across several sites in Santa Fe.  Featured speaker Victor Legorreta will talk candidly about his legendary father, whose most famous designs are the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City and the IBM factory in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Throughout his career, Ricardo Legorreta received several prestigious awards for his design work, including the UIA Gold Medal, the AIA Gold Medal and the Praemium Imperiale. He passed away in December 2011.

Khristaan Villela is an art historian and professor in the Art Department at SFUAD who has written several articles and a book discussing Legorreta’s work.

Wayne Lloyd, president of Lloyd & Associates Architects has been a major force in New Mexico architecture, winning numerous design awards. His international experience includes collaboration with the firm of Legorreta + Legorreta and he served as one of the architects of record for the SFAI and Visual Arts Center on the SFUAD campus.

Simón De Agüero graduated from The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in 2010 and has been working in the field of architecture and graphic design as an intern for 3 years. Simón works to combine his undergraduate degree in art and his architectural training to study, experience, and design quality spaces.

About the Santa Fe Art Institute
The Santa Fe Art Institute (SFAI) founded in 1985, is an independent non-profit community-based arts center with international reach that presents and promotes art as a positive social force. SFAI fosters the exploration of contemporary art by enlivening public discourse on art, nurturing artists at all phases of their careers, and encouraging learning via the arts for people of all ages through five key program areas: 1) Ongoing residencies that provide support necessary for visual and new media artists, writers and poetry translators, performance artists and composers to complete work and explore new creative directions; 2) An annual season of lectures and workshops that stimulates discourse around important issues in the arts;  3) Small, focused exhibitions that challenge audience assumptions; 4) Publications; and 5) Community-based arts education and outreach that support creativity and innovation, provide an alternative pathway for learning, and expand the traditional skillset available to people young and old.

About Anne & John Marion
Anne & John Marion were the primary creative force in the selection of Ricardo Legorreta as design architect for SFAI and the SFUAD Visual Arts Center.  Dinner at SFAI will honor their vision and their dedication to realizing these important buildings, which have influenced the architectural design in Santa Fe and beyond.

About Santa Fe University of Art and Design
Santa Fe University of Art and Design is an accredited institution located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, one of the world’s leading centers for art and design.  The university offers degrees in arts management, contemporary music, creative writing, digital arts, graphic design, moving image arts (filmmaking and video production), performing arts, photography, and studio art.  Faculty members are practicing artists who teach students in small groups, following a unique interdisciplinary curriculum that combines hands-on experience with core theory and prepares graduates to become well-rounded, creative, problem-solving professionals.  As a Laureate International Universities Center of Excellence in Art, Architecture and Design, the university boasts an international student body and opportunities to study abroad, encouraging students to develop a global perspective on the arts.  Santa Fe University of Art and Design is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org

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