28 Apr 2023 / 28 Apr 2023

First Friday Musical Performance & Tour: Pedro Reyes' Disarm

Join us throughout the run of Pedro Reyes: DIRECT ACTION for a musical performance of Reyes’ Disarm instruments made from decommissioned firearms, followed by a focused tour of the exhibition.

Free, no advance registration required.

On view through May 1, 2023

DIRECT ACTION is a solo exhibition by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes. This expansive and playful exhibition explores art-as-activism through a selection of sculptures, prints, performance, and a newly commissioned video work.

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Friday, April 28

Musician Leticia Gonzales will play Pedro Reyes, Disarm Violin followed by a tour by SITE Guide Matthew Cannella.

Leticia Gonzales was born and raised in Santa Fe, NM, where she continues to live and work as a musician, writer, and weaver.

Matthew Cannella is a filmmaker and artist of Irish and Italian ancestry from Gilbert, AZ. Matthew graduated from the University of Southern California School of the Cinematic Arts and is dedicated to serving the people and place of the American Southwest through video storytelling.

Matthew’s tour will focus on nonviolent methods of protest and resistance in DIRECT ACTION, informed by his three years living off-the-grid at Tara Mandala, a Tibetan Buddhist retreat center in Pagosa Springs, CO. During this time, Matthew studied feminine principles in Buddhism, solitary retreat, and practices of “Feeding Your Demons,” while nurturing practices of Non-Violence, meditative scholarship, and spiritual introspection.

Friday, April 7

Musical Performance by Jesse Tatum on Disarm Flute, Sabrina Griffith on Disarm Violin, Damon Griffith on Disarm Guitar.

Tour by SITE Guide Aubrey Hicks.

Aubrey has been in the music world most of her life. Growing up helping her grandpa work on theater pipe organs, to being in over 50 plays and musicals throughout her life. She attended Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2016 and graduated with a BFA in musical theater from Stephens College in 2019. She is now loving her work in the gallery and is also working on productions in Santa Fe through costuming and preforming.

Aubrey’s tour focuses on the musicality behind Pedro Reyes’ work and the hidden meaning and details behind the music created by the instruments and even in work that has no sound at all. It’s all in what you are listening for.

Damon Griffith is an artist and performer who has lived in Santa fe since 2005. He plays multiple string instruments with local band Cloacas, and with his wife Sabrina in Aunt Kacle and the Coleslaw King He occasionally does bizarre spoken word with Bull Seal, and is the infamous Heavy Breather. He is also a writer, puppet maker, metal fabricator and, in his spare time, an art handler and preparator at SITE Santa Fe.

Sabrina Griffith is a local artist, puppetmaker and musician . She plays violin, viola and a smidge of cello with her bands Aunt Kackle and the Coleslaw King and Cloacas. She is delighted for the opportunity to play the Disarm violin as an acoustic player and looks forward to the experiment.

Jesse Tatum currently serves as Principal Flute of The Santa Fe Symphony. They are also Principal Flute of the Opera Southwest Orchestra and a Principal Player at Chatter, where she has performed over a decade of adventurous chamber music with the innovative Albuquerque-based chamber ensemble. Additionally, she has performed many seasons with The Santa Fe Opera and the New Mexico Philharmonic.

Friday, March 3

Musical performance by Daniel McCoy, Jr. on Pedro Reyes, Disarm Guitar

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and surrounded with the arts from an early age, Dan was welcomed into a household of Artisans, Farmers, Music and Subculture. McCoy began entering Native Art Competitions at age fifteen under the direction of Cherokee Artist, Mary Adair while attending boarding school in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. He received his formal Art Training at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. At the Institute, Daniel McCoy jr. was able to study and work with some of the best Native Artists in the field. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his family.

Tour by Matthew Contos, SITE Santa Fe Director of Creativity & Learning

What does Pedro Reyes mean when he says “social sculpture”? Find out with Matthew Contos, SITE Santa Fe’s new Director of Creativity and Learning, in a tour of the exhibition focusing on artworks made through public participation.

Matthew Contos is an educator, artist, and curator with a background in community organizing, social services, and arts administration. He draws from Social Practice methodologies aimed at dissolving boundaries between process and product, art and audience, and cultural institutions and everyday life, and has previously worked with Creative Capital, CCA Santa Fe, the San Francisco Public Arts Commission.