SITE Santa Fe’s biennial exhibition series SITElines launched in 2014 with Unsettled Landscapes and continued in 2016 with Much Wider Than a Line. The exhibitions focused on contemporary artists working in the Western hemisphere, using the Pan-American Highway as the thread uniting their diverse artistic visions and New Mexico serving as a kind of nexus. Casa Tomada, the third biennial show in the SITElines series, is poised to press on with the investigation into the art of the Americas.
Casa Tomada won’t be open to the public until August 3, 2018, but you can get a sense of what’s to come this Friday, March 23, at 6 p.m., when the exhibition curators, José Luis Blondet, curator of special initiatives at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Ruba Katrib, curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s PS1 in New York; and independent curator and writer Candice Hopkins, part of the curatorial team for the inaugural SITElines exhibition, give a talk at SITE (1606 Paseo de Peralta).
Drawing its title from Argentine writer Julio Cortázar’s 1946 short story “Casa Tomada” (House Taken Over), the exhibition explores the dynamics of movements into and out of place: people who remain in a particular location, those who leave, and those who arrive from outside. The show considers ideas related to the flux of these movements: how they affect boundaries positively and negatively, as well as notions of private property in the provinces of body, mind, land, and culture, and explorations on the host and visitor relationship. The first commissioned project for Casa Tomada is a song by Los Angeles-based artist Stephanie Taylor, who transformed the exhibition’s press release into words and music. You can listen to it online at sitesantafe.org/exhibition/la-casa-tomada. The curators’ lecture is free to the public. Call SITE Santa Fe at 505-989-1199.