here’s a lot of talk about what two simultaneous Native American art markets might mean to Santa Fe. The answer? Two distinct opportunities to bask in some of the most dynamic and envelope-pushing art around. Two opportunities to celebrate both traditional masters and contemporary subversives. Two opportunities for Santa Fe to flex its hospitality muscle to the tens of thousands that will visit. Two chances to enrich your weekend and beyond.
"The energy is high and the level of excitement is through the roof," Tailinh Agoyo, director of marketing and creative services for the nascent Indigenous Fine Art Market, tells SFR. "We're incredibly excited to see all of our IFAM artists; it's going to be like a massive family reunion."
With some 300 artists on board and a bevy of performance art and special events, IFAM takes over the Railyard starting on Thursday.
Dallin Maybee, chief operating officer for the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts shares in the enthusiasm.
"There's a lot that's familiar; it'll be like coming home," he says. "You just never know who you're gonna see here and that's part of the excitement."
SWAIA's Indian Market—now in its 93rd installment—and its multidisciplinary fashion and film programs descend upon the Plaza and surrounding areas on Saturday.
For Maybee, the journey from participating artist to organizer has been an interesting one.
"It really opened my eyes to how many different components there are," he says, candidly. "I'm just really grateful that in this position I can really have a hands-on opportunity to shape it as I see fit."
"Really, it's a celebration," Agoyo says of the grassroots labor of love it took to build IFAM from the ground up. "We are thrilled beyond… It's going to be a complete blast. We could use a nap though!" -Enrique Limón
93rd Indian Market
Santa Fe Plaza