07 Oct 2022 / 07 Oct 2022

Two Openings One Night: Shirin Neshat & Max Cole

Oct 7, 2022 At SITE Santa Fe

SITE Santa Fe opens two new solo exhibitions, Shirin Neshat: Land of Dreams and Max Cole: Endless Journey with food by Andale II, drinks by Altar Spirits, and music by Nacha Mendez and Lone Piñon!

Shirin Neshat: Land of Dreams
On view through Mon, Jan 16, 2023

Land of Dreams is a solo exhibition by Iranian-American artist and filmmaker Shirin Neshat featuring a multidisciplinary series of the same name created in New Mexico in 2019, three short films, a documentary by Sophie Chahinian, and a screening of Neshat’s feature length film, Land of Dreams (2021). Together, these immersive and ambitious works reflect one another and create layers of ambiguity between dreams, reality, fiction, and memory.

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Max Cole: Endless Journey
On view through Mon, Jan 16, 2023

Endless Journey is a solo exhibition by New Mexico-based artist Max Cole featuring a selection of paintings, works on paper, and many never-before-seen works spanning over six decades of Cole’s ongoing career. Cole’s iconic paintings invite viewers on a meditative journey through her lifelong investigation of rhythmic repetitive line and composition.

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2022-10-07 17:00:00 2022-10-07 9:00:00 America/Denver Two Openings One Night Another amazing event at SITE Santa Fe SITE Santa Fe SITE Santa Fe info@sitesantafe.org

About the Performers

Nacha Mendez‘s music is an expression of her curiosity, her varied experience and restless passion for living. It refuses to fit neatly into any one genre, fearlessly drawing on a wide range of influences to expand the definition of Latin music. Yet filtered through her powerful voice, these various threads come together in a single unified expression. Nacha Mendez grew up in the tiny border town of La Union, in southern New Mexico. She is Chiricahua Apache and Mexican. She began singing and playing the guitar at an early age. She learned traditional Ranchera canción from her grandmother and performed in border towns near El Paso with her cousins, the Black Brothers, sons of ex-Mothers of Invention drummer Jimmy Carl Black.

In the early ’90s, she was a principal singer in Robert Ashley’s opera company, touring Europe and Japan and translated the libretto for Ashley’s opera Now Eleanor’s Idea. She performed trouser roles in three of his operas throughout Japan, at the Avignon Music Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Strasbourg, France, Graz, Austria, and Berlin.

Nacha has also collaborated with celebrated composer Steve Peters who produced “Bodega de Amor” and “Volando.” “My Burning Skin to Sleep,” a song on the 2004 CD release Shelter by Steve Peters and distributed by the Cold Blue Label features the voice of Nacha Mendez.

She has also collaborated with composer and Pulitzer Prize recipient Raven Chacon. Her recordings include “Slowly Rising” (as Dueto Le Momo), and “Blue Silence,” “Bodega de Amor,” and “Volando” (as Nacha Mendez). Since 1990, she has worked on several projects with Steve Peters, Raven Chacon, and has collaborated with writer Melody Sumner Carnahan, visual artist Harmony Hammond, and filmmakers Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi who directed and produced the documentary CHAVELA.

Mendez/Cordero received a National Endowment for the Arts Award and a fellowship from Mutable Music in New York. In February 2011, she was honored by the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women Artists. She was voted Best Female vocalist in Santa Fe, New Mexico in both 2009 and 2010. Voted Best Family Friendly Entertainer Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance 2012 Award and in 2013 she was awarded the Best Latin Music Production at the New Mexico Music Awards. In 2018, Ms. Mendez received the prestigious New Mexico Platinum Lifetime Achievement Award. She performs under her grandmother’s name, Nacha Mendez. She is Founder and Executive Director of the Nacha Mendez Music Scholarship Fund for New Mexican Girls of Color.

Lone Piñon is a New Mexican string band, or “orquesta típica”, whose music celebrates the integrity of our region’s cultural roots. With fiddles, upright bass, accordion, guitar and vihuela, they play a wide spectrum of the traditional music that is at home in New Mexico.

Over the past eight years Lone Piñon has played extensively throughout the Southwest, recorded four studio albums, and represented New Mexico traditions at the Library of Congress in Washington DC and in festivals across the mainland US and in Hawai’i. In 2019 they received the Parsons Award from the American Folklife Center and were recognized by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures for the impact of their work with regional traditions on the Lantinx arts field.

“Great energy, authenticity and devotion…”-Chris Strachwitz, founder of Arhoolie Records and the Arhoolie Foundation

“Truly exceptional… A leading ensemble committed to the preservation and elevation of the traditional musical forms of the Northern New Mexico region….an ensemble that embodies cultural integrity for the purpose of continuing treasured art forms that keep our communities thriving.” -National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures

“Lone Piñon can hold their own against any headliner, anywhere in the world. They’re simply that good, and they make the music of the border into something living, breathing and absolutely enticing.” -fROOTS Magazine, UK

“It’s a challenge not to clap, tap, or sway along with these rhythms… Listening to Lone Piñon highlights the pleasure to be derived from cross cultural relationships.” — No Depression