Wide-Open Spaces

Dreams take the shape of a place out West

Cody Brothers drives a lot. Not only does he love the American West, the landscape in which he was raised, but in 2016 he was awarded a $70,000 Imagine Your Parks grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to celebrate the centennial of the National Parks System—so he set out on the road to take film photographs of public lands. He references the wide-open Western landscapes being like the wide-open music he loves. When SFR asked what he listens to when he drives, he does not hesitate: "I'm a huge U2 fan. … They have that sound that reminds me of this part of the country."

There is indeed a sweeping, orchestral quality to Brothers' photographs in The Forgotten Horizon, an exhibition sponsored by the National Parks Conservation Association. A fan of the NPS since childhood, Brothers says, when he went to parks as a child in the '70s, "about the only thing you would see in the visitor's center were black and white pictures; Ansel Adams or Paul Strand or Edward Weston. I would look at those pictures and tell my grandpa, 'I wanna go there.' It was one of those things that attracted me to the parks—the photographs."

He lived away from New Mexico as a teen and an adult on the East Coast and in Texas, but, he says, "every time I came home, I just felt that feeling of, 'This is where I'm supposed to be.'" And when he saw that the NPS would celebrate its centennial in 2016, he knew he wanted to be a part of it. He was one of 51 people (out of approximately 2,000 contenders) awarded an NEA grant in honor of the occasion.

We wonder if familiarity can breed contempt; we ask, even after growing up out West, what it is that still makes him want to photograph it.

"I just—" he laughs, then continues a bit dreamily: "I love it so."

He goes on, "There's so many things about being here that appeal to me; not only my creative eye, but my soul. I love music that's real wide-open. I'm the same way with the big horizon, the big sky, the cloud formations, the rock formations—it's just part of me." (Charlotte Jusinski)

Cody Brothers: The Forgotten Horizon
5 pm Friday May 24. Free. Through June 19.
Modernist Frontier Gallery,
714 Canyon Road, 557-6896

Help Computer

Courtesy Public Domain

Love it, hate it or try to ignore it altogether like my parents do, the internet is very real and now an inextricable part of our lives. In some ways, this is wonderful (so many cat videos!), in others, it's pretty awful (so long, anonymity). But still, it's a powerful tool, and one that has shaped and will continue to shape how we live, think, work and exist. Writer Nicholas Carr knows this, and he's studied it extensively. Like, to the point that he's written books about the internet and everything. Find Carr speaking on how the net might shape our current and future lives as part of the School for Advanced Research's Creative Thought Forum series at the James A Little Theatre. Bet you learn
something. (Alex De Vore)

Nicholas Carr: Minds in the Net: The Journey from Page to Screen: 
6:30 pm Thursday May 23. $10-$20.
James A Little Theatre,
1060 Cerrillos Road,


Courtesy Ross Hamlin

If you've missed out on the Dovetail Orchestra before now, allow us to fill you in: The band rules. Led by prolific multi-instrumentalist Ross Hamlin, the group has provided live music and sound effects to snippets of old silent movies, and each performance thus far has been a blast. Next up, however, Hamlin not only fleshes out the crew, adding vocalists and new instruments into the mix, but he closes in on a single topic—an episode of the soap opera Guiding Light. Operatic elements are reportedly on the table alongside whatever goofs and gaffes Dovetail is working on as we speak. Trust us, it's worth it. (ADV)

Dovetail Orchestra: The Marriage of Ivory: 
7 pm Friday May 24. $10-$15.
SITE Santa Fe,
1606 Paseo de Peralta,

All That Glitters

Courtesy Native Treasures / Ron Suazo

When in search of showings from some of the best and most popular Native artists currently creating art, jewelry, beadwork, pottery, fashion and more, one need look no further than Native Treasures. The gathering spearheaded each year by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation goes down this weekend, and something like 200 creators are scheduled to be in attendance. This runs the gamut from traditional to contemporary, known artists to newcomers—and all points in between. Find something special for the collection, or simply check out the artistry, just go and be amazed. (ADV)

Native Treasures: 
10 am-5 pm Saturday May 25 and 9 am-4 pm Sunday May 26. $10-$40.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center,
201 W Marcy St.,