April 3, 2020
Dear SITE Family and Friends,
I hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe at this unsettling time. In a matter of weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way each of us lives our lives. In this new reality, we are already facing the loss of loved ones, financial uncertainty, and the interruption of events and activities that were once sources of joy, comfort, and community. While we can’t yet measure the full impact of this crisis on our way of life, I think none of us believes that all will return to normal, but that through this moment, new ways of living, communicating, doing business, and experiencing art and culture will emerge.
You are part of SITE’s extended family that has deep roots near and far—we are grateful for you, we miss you, and we want to be in touch and to tell you how SITE is doing and what plans we are making in the coming months. Art in this dire time may feel like a luxury, yet when we are able to see the world through the eyes of artists, we are introduced to new ways of looking and new understandings. Art opens our hearts and inspires our souls.
If you’ve been following us on social media, through our digital communications, or if you read the art world press in February and early March, you know that we were getting ready to open an extraordinary show that looks at the global refugee crisis through the lens of art. Displaced: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis is installed but the lights are off. While this is a disappointment for us all, the show will still be here and so will we when we are able to re-open. At this time, and through the lens of a world under siege, we are deeply concerned about the fate of the millions of displaced refugees around the globe. Our show stands as a silent tribute to them, their lives, and their stories.
Closer to home, we know you might feel isolated but you are not alone. Though our galleries are closed to the public, and most of our team members are working from home, we remain committed to championing artists and sharing their vision. In this moment of pause in our culture, many museums and cultural institutions have stepped up rapidly to offer online content, virtual tours, social media messaging, video archives, and exhibition virtual tours. We have a lot to share as well and in the coming weeks and months, we’ll have much to offer in this expanding digital cultural space. There is no shortage of creativity and content within our talented team so watch your email and our social media platforms for SITE to launch a range of digital experiences.
You’ll also hear from us in the coming weeks about how SITE is managing in these uncertain times. The truth is that this is going to be tough for us, and for all of our fellow arts nonprofits in Santa Fe and around the country, as we navigate a new reality where we are dislocated from one another and the future is uncertain. We know you care about SITE and want to help, so in the coming weeks we’ll let you know how you can support us at this time.
In the meantime, I want to express gratitude: for our SITE Board and supporters, our dedicated staff, and all of you who make SITE such a vibrant and vital place. I feel grateful for our community and the artists we champion. I ask you to consider gratitude in your own life and reflect on the power of art to comfort and inspire.
On behalf of all of us at SITE, we send our best to you, our friends and family.
Phillips Director & Chief Curator
March 13, 2020
SITE Santa Fe is committed to keeping our community safe, and is taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19. As we learn more about the virus’ impact on our region, we are actively monitoring recommendations from the CDC and local officials.
In light of the New Mexico Department of Health’s Public Health and Emergency Order, and in keeping with the Governor’s closing of all the state museums, monuments, and cultural institutions, we are cancelling the opening events for our new show Displaced: Contemporary Artists Confront the Global Refugee Crisis.
The Museum is temporarily closed until further notice.
We are cancelling or postponing ALL Public Programs through April, 2020.
Thank you all for your understanding and support as we navigate this uncharted and fast-moving situation. Please visit our website for updates and additional information in the coming days.
All my best to you and yours,
Phillips Director and Chief Curator