A Cultural Education.
Today was quite the adventure – a cultural adventure, if you will – that being the Georgia O’Keefe Museum in Santa Fe.
I essentially accompanied Terri through the museum, as this was Terri’s main attraction for coming to Santa Fe. The museum offers an audio tour as well, which we both utilized, as well as listening to a docent for a few minutes. As a graphic artist by trade, and certainly more knowledgeable of the visual arts in general, Terri was very helpful in explaining some of the more subtle artistic qualities of Georgia O’Keefe’s art, as well as what to look for in the composition. Terri still accuses me of this being the first art museum I’ve ever been in!! You have to understand that my “art appreciation and recognition” aptitude is somewhat on the lower end of the scale.
After enjoying a nice lunch downtown, Terri and I paid a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and spent some time inside absorbing the history and cultural influences of the church, as well as the artwork. One of the side chapels – the Chapel of La Conquistadora - was rebuilt in 1714, and represented one of the several historical religious factions of this region. (sorry if my terminology isn’t completely accurate).
The labyrinth was also an interesting feature at the Cathedral Basilica. I didn’t actually walk the pathway, but I followed it with my eyes, and it is very impressive how the path has been designed in such a geometrical and symmetrical form, and yet takes you from the outside of the circle to the inside.
We then took another brief tour of the downtown area before heading to the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum, where there was an extensive collection of various Indian art works – primarily pottery. Again, a very interesting exhibit.
One of the galleries featured the pottery of the Cochiti and Santo Domingo Pueblos, as sort of a comparison of pottery of people’s from different disciplines and backgrounds. To quote: “Pots are the same as people – both come from the earth, become part of families, then age and return to the earth.” – Antonio Chavarria.
An another: “The Pueblos are storytelling cultures whose histories are written on the landscape that is remembered and reinterpreted through designs and symbols on cultural objects across time.” --- Valerie Verzuh.
To me, it was interesting to see the various artwork and painted designs, as well to learn that all the pottery had some type of specific purpose.