THEN: 2003 SITE Santa Fe presented a solo exhibition of Susan Silton’s work featuring a selection from her Aviate series and the video projection hemidemisemiquaver.
NOW: Silton will present components from The Whistling Project (2010-), a multi-leveled project including performance, texts and sculpture that investigate the gendered voice and its aesthetic and discursive possibilities. Silton and her all-female whistling group, The Crowing Hens, will perform at SITE Santa Fe on Saturday, November 7 at 6 pm. A video projection of the performance will be installed in the gallery as part of her exhibition.
THEN: In 1995, Ann Hamilton presented the video installation SALIC (1995) sited within a train car adjacent to SITE’s building. This work was a part of SITE Santa Fe’s First International Biennial: Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby, curated by Bruce Ferguson.
NOW: Hamilton presents the common SENSE · the animals (2014-2015), an installation which explores “touch” as the sense that is common to all animals species. Created from the artist’s extensive engagement with the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture’s Ornithology collection, for Hamilton, the work is “an address to the infinitude and threatened extinctions we share across species – a lacrimosa, and elegy for a future being lost.” It was commissioned by The Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington and premiered in early 2015. SITE’s exhibition will only be the second time it is presented. This show debuted in summer but will been shown through the fall!
In the summer, Hamilton invited vocalists from the Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Singers Program to serenade the congregation of animal images. They were accompanied by Santa Fe Opera pianists. The dialog between animal images and musician can be interpreted as an elegy, a lament, a prayer, a meditation, a promise, or an oath. For Fall 20/20, a recording of a compilation of all the Opera Performances will be played in the installation.