The Whiteness House – Tarred and Feathered | An Interactive Installation, Performances, and Discussion About “Whiteness” | A New Project by Artist and SFAI Equal Justice resident Jay Critchley | Sunday, November 19, 3:00-5:00 pm. | Santa Fe Art Institute | Free & Open to the Public
The Whiteness House – Tarred and Feathered is a walk-in model of The White House, tarred and feathered. Tarring and feathering is a form of public humiliation and criticism used in feudal Europe and on the American frontier, mostly as a form of mob vengeance. According to Critchley, The White House takes on an ominous presence with a white President who has defined much of his Presidency based on color. Critchley asks “How is whiteness expressed through the White House following the tenure of America’s first black President? Who is getting tarred and feathered? The American people, the rightful owner’s of the White House, or the present tenant, the 45th President of the United States?” By asking these questions, creating an interactive sculptural metaphor, and initiating dialogue around the topic of “whiteness,” Critchley strives to cultivate transformation and redemption, and to heal the great divide growing among We the People.
Jay Critchley is a conceptual and multi-media artist and activist whose work has traversed the globe, showing across the US and in Argentina, Japan, England, Spain, France, Holland, Germany and Columbia. He founded the controversial patriotic Old Glory Condom Corporation, Miss Tampon Liberty and his backyard septic theater, Theater in the Ground. His movie, Toilet Treatments, won an HBO Award at Provincetown Film Festival in 2002, where he was featured in 2015 in conjunction with his survey show at the Provincetown Art Association & Museum, Jay Critchley, Incorporated. The show traveled to Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. He has taught at the Museum School at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and has had artist residencies at: Harvard University; AS220, RI; Harvestworks, NYC; Williams College, MA; Real Art Ways, Hartford; Milepost 5, Portland, OR; Fundacion Valparaiso, Mojacar, Andalucia, Spain; and CAMAC, Marnay-sur-Seine, France. Jay was honored in 2012 by the Massachusetts State Legislature as an artist and director of the Provincetown Community Compact, which has raised $4.5M for AIDS, women’s health and the community.
Day of The Dead is part of an indigenous ceremony that is thousands of years old. In some parts of mexico its a ceremony that takes place over the course of several days. The migration north to the united states of this ceremony was in large part, if not soley, due to a chicano artists activist community in the 60’s and 70’s wishing to reconnect with ancestral truths and ancestral memories. By the same token Hallow’s Eve a.k.a. Halloween at one point was part of an ancestral connection to the spirit doors that open and close in these sacred times. Day of the Dead is a memorial day, a somber day, a festive day, a day to shed tears, mourn, rejoice. Traditionally it is a day where we have a procession to the cemetery and decorate our ancestors graves. Because of migration for many of us that have migrated from all parts of the physical reality of going to the burial sites of our ancestors is not possible.This event is an invitation to participate in the sacred, through art creating small ancestral altars as community and as individuals that honor those that have passed. An opportunity to move away from the commercialization of the sacred both Halloween and Day of the Dead and back into honoring your ancestors in all directions.
WHAT TO BRING
Please bring pictures of family, loved ones, figures in your life that have our no longer with you because of death. Small offerings of their favorite if possible. We will have boxes and decorative papers to create small altars , but if you have certain art papers you want to offer or share or other materials you are welcome to bring but not necessary. If you all you have is you and your memories to bring, this is perfect also. We will refrain from social media, picture taking during certain portions of the night so as to really be present for our ancestors.
Thank you. We Look Forward to Seeing All of You. Israel and The Alas De Agua Collective.
VAGUE COMMUNICATION, NEW WORK BY ROBIN OSSENTJUK | RECEPTION NOVEMBER 3 | 5-7PM | SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE
Each work in Vague Communication is a direct result of a specific emotion. The making of these paintings is a translation of my emotion and their creation as a cathartic act. Every painting mixes abstract shapes with the most expressive parts of the human body. The composition of the recognizable human anatomy in an environment of abstract shapes creates a surreal realm of visual cues. The human aspect of each piece aims to create space for the viewer to identify themselves in the work and to translate the abstract imagery according to their own visual language. Although each painting correlates to a specific emotion of personal experience, the overall compositions are intentionally vague to prompt personal interpretation. As such, the work naturally exists differently in each viewer’s mind.
Robin Ossentjuk is an interdisciplinary artist based in Southern California. She received her BA in Art from Scripps College in 2017. Despite working in multiple media, much of Robin’s work follows a theme of using disembodied anatomy and abstract forms in an exploration of art as therapy. She has shown work in several group exhibitions organized by groups such as The Balcony, Scripps Student Art Collective, and the 5C Mental Health Alliance. Most recently, her work was shown in the group exhibition Forming the Immaterial at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery in Claremont, California, April 2017. She was also awarded the Lucia Suffel Craft Award in the Spring of 2017, given annually to an outstanding student in the field of art. Vague Communication is her first solo exhibition at the Santa Fe Art Institute.
Santa Fe Art Institute is proud to present La Pocha Nostra as our first Equal Justice Residents! Join La Pocha for a 5 Day Performance Art Workshop hosted at SFAI from August 27-31, and for a Jam Session Open to the Public at SFAI on August 31 from 7-9PM.
JAM SESSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | AUGUST 31 7-9PM | SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE | FREE ADMISSION RSVP REQUIRED
Join us for a free “Open Pedagogical Session” featuring artists from a five-day intensive workshop lead by Guillermo Gomez-Peña and members of the legendary troupe La Pocha Nostra (Balitronica Gomez and Saul Garcia-Lopez). This open session will have a focus on the human body as a site for creation, reinvention, memory and activism. This final event will involve experimental performance artists, actors, dancers, theorists, activists and students.
THE GILA COLLECTIVE WATER RIGHTS RESIDENCY PREVIEW EXHIBIT | FRIDAY AUGUST 11, 6-8PM | AT SANTA FE ART INSTITUTE
The Gila Collective’s work explores New Mexico’s wild Gila River through an immersive multi-sensory environment, addressing its history and personification, and as an expression of memory. LEARN MORE HERE.