You go, girl
Barbara Buhler Lynes, who has been curator of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum since 1999—that’s 13 years, no small feat for an administrator in this town—resigned May 11, effective immediately, simultaneously relinquishing her title and position as Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Museum’s Research Center.
Through her work there, Lynes helped originate one of the first museums named for and featuring the work of a single woman by becoming its curator two years after the museum’s opening.
Still the only one of its kind in the US, the museum also features work by other prominent female artists, including Sherrie Levine, Susan Rothenberg (yawn) and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. Lynes is considered a leading authority on O’Keeffe’s work and is the author of two books on the subject.
The O’Keeffe Museum’s website press release quotes Lynes: “I have greatly enjoyed my affiliation with the Museum and leave…with all best wishes for its future.” The museum does not, however, care to comment further, but with such an immediate and abrupt departure after such a long tenure, one can only speculate that there may have been a few “irreconcilable differences” involved. Lynes goes on to say, “Serving the museum has been an illuminating experience, and I look forward to pursuing new projects and opportunities.” After a life’s work dedicated to the study of Georgia O’Keeffe, what could Lynes possibly do now?
Hittin’ the road
Who says bikers aren’t sensitive? Documentary photographer and educator Carlan Trapp is taking to the road for Mother Earth via motorcycle. His upcoming 3,000-mile Ride in Beauty tour through the Southwest begins June 4 in Santa Fe and follows through the five states and 12 national parks and monuments known as known as the Grand Circle. Through photography, video and interviews, this ride aims to document how communities, mostly Native, are adversely affected by coal extraction and burning to power the plethora of electronic screens we look at. View Trapp’s daily blog posts from the field on his very black-and-white website www.rideinbeauty.org, which, of course, requires one of these screens. The project is also meant to raise money for Trapp’s Naamehnay Project, Inc.— Question of Power.
Apparently, the federal government experienced a little oversight and decided to fund the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) prepares to award SITE Santa Fe a $75,000 grant to fund its upcoming show More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, announced by NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. The show opens July 8. The 27 artists in the show have artsy names like Ai Weiwei, Iaigo Manglano Ovalle, Vik Muniz, Thomas Demand, Eva and Franco Mattes and Pierre Huyghe. They each visually define “truthiness,” the notion that we are living in “a time when our understanding of the truth is no longer bound to anything tangible, provable or factual.” And for those of you who like follow this show on “art tour,” More Real? is at the Minneapolis Institute of Art March 3-June 2, 2013.
Finally, we wish a fond farewell to Matthew Irwin, who recently resigned as SFR’s Arts & Culture Editor to become an organic farmer. For those of you who enjoy his writing, I hear he’ll continue freelancing for SFR. But I was more impressed by his eye for freelance talent.