Artist Darren Vigil Gray leads us through his process at upcoming MoCNA event
"I didn't plan on doing landscapes at all," Darren Vigil Gray (Jicarilla
Apache/Kiowa Apache) says of his artistic practice, "until I started to investigate Georgia O'Keeffe more and more."
The longtime Santa Fe painter is perhaps best known for his abstract landscapes of Northern New Mexico, though he's been known to dabble in figure and plein air work—even if the latter is not his preferred method. His landscapes, however, seem to resonate best with himself and his fans and collectors.
"I thought O'Keeffe did brilliant work, but as I researched her, she started talking about a mountain in Abiquiu called Pedernal, and she said something that tweaked me," Gray continues. "She said something like, if she could paint that mountain enough times, it would become hers. And that was in complete contrast to anything Indigenous people talk about or believe in—we're not owners of the land; we never called the mountain 'ours,' it was for everyone. I thought that was a bit pompous and arrogant."
Thus, Gray set out to capture not what he saw near Pedernal, but what the mountain made him feel; the essence of the area. And he's been pretty damn successful so far. A graduate of the Institute of the American Indian Arts, Gray has been shown in galleries like Peyton Wright and LewAllen, he's been collected by museums and private estates and, almost most importantly, he says he's never had a job "where I had to clock in and work a shift."
Instead, he focused on the work and playing music with musicians both local and from afar, a process with which he's still involved thanks to his experimental jam band, Righteous Renegades. This weekend, Gray presents a bit of a retrospective alongside his current exhibit at IAIA's Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Expanding Horizons. He'll speak on his work and perform with the band.
"I'm feeling pretty good," Gray says of the journey so far. "I've learned how to vibrate at the highest level that I've ever vibrated as a human being. I'm trying to stay on a frequency that's flying high as much as possible." (Alex De Vore)
Darren Vigil Gray: Artist Talk and Performance
1:30 pm Saturday Dec. 8. Free.
IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art,
108 Cathedral Place,
Rawk For Good
For a town our size, Santa Fe is home to some mighty impressive nonprofit and/or social justice organizations and programs. Take Santa Fe Public Schools' Adelante Program, an initiative which aims to provide help and resources to local youths grappling with homelessness. Simply by offering time, clothing, education and mentorship opportunities, Adelante has made such an impact on young Santa Feans' lives that it's hard to imagine our community without them. But it's not free to make things like this happen, so when a local business like Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery partners with Adelante and Latin rock/jazz/funk act Nosotros for a fundraiser show with an art fair, ugly sweater contest, raffle and more, we all take a mental note and do our best to show up and support. (ADV)
Adelante Winter Fundraiser:
6 pm Friday Dec. 7. $10-$20.
Tumbleroot Brewery and Distillery,
2791 Agua Fría St.
Because there’s No Such Thing as Linner
Face facts, Santa Fe—brunch is awesome. And even more awesome is the kind of clandestine one-off brunch with a special menu from an exciting local chef that we're talkin' about here. That's right, nerds, SFR's hosting a Secret Brunch. Here's how it works: You buy tickets, save the date and then, at the last minute, we unveil the super-secret location. It's fun, right? And even better, proceeds help support our mission of journalism—one we've undertaken since 1974. In a nutshell, we're fighting (and eating) for you, and we think it'll be a good time for all. Did we mention there will be mimosas? Because there will be. (ADV)
Only 33 of 2017's top 100 films had a woman in the leading role, according to a USC study. The 2011 documentary Miss Representation, featuring Katie Couric, Condoleezza Rice, Gloria Steinem and Margaret Cho, dives into the under-representation of women in mainstream media. "These films are a great way to show issues that pertain to feminism and start a conversation about issues that we women are dealing with," Dana Middleton, film committee chair for the Santa Fe chapter of the National Organization for Women, tells SFR. Students from Capital High School, feminist radio show host Cecile Lipworth and several women filmmakers will join an after-film discussion led by SFR contributor Julia Goldberg. It's the last movie of the year in Santa Fe NOW's Women's Film Series. (Sarah Eddy)
Women's Film Series: Miss Representation:
7 pm Tuesday Dec. 11. $10.
Center for Contemporary Arts,
1050 Old Santa Fe Trail,