Catch 22: Paradox on Paper Aug. 15, 2017–March 31, 2018

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Catch 22 Ralph T. Coe
WHAT: Catch 22: Paradox on Paper opening reception
and First American Art Magazine No. 16 launch party
WHEN: August 15, 2017–March 31, 2018
WHERE: 1590 Pacheco St, Santa Fe, NM 87505 | Map

The Ralph T. Coe Foundation hosts Catch 22: Paradox on Paper, a group exhibition curated by Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke) featuring works from the collection of Edward J. Guarino.

Sanders creates a provocative dialogue between postmodern and contemporary Native artists. She teases out the underexplored themes in works on paper by celebrated artists of the 20th century T. C. Cannon (Kiowa-Caddo, 1946–2078), Rick Bartow (Wiyot-Yurok, 1946–2016), and Charles Loloma (Hopi, 1921–1991) and living master artists such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (Sqelix’u-Métis-Shoshone), Shan Goshorn (Eastern Band Cherokee), Diego Romero (Cochiti Pueblo), and Anita Fields (Osage-Muscogee) to other establish and emerging artists working today. Many of these artists are not known for their two-dimensional art, so this exhibit exposes audiences to fresh and obscure works by these individuals.

FAAM 16, Fall 2017

FAAM No. 16, Fall 2017, featuring cover art by Star Wallowing Bull (Ojibwe-Arapaho)

Guest curator Nina Sanders’ artist-focused approach to these works thoughtfully emphasizes the artist’s process in the midst of life’s contradictions. She writes, “These individuals exercise their personal agency and practice indigenous resilience by rendering their thoughts and experiences into their work. Each individual artist’s idiosyncratic capacity to process life’s contradictions results in a wealth of captivating and meaningful contemporary art. I believe these twenty-two works are a manifestation of the complexity and paradoxical nature of Native peoples’ lives as they exist today. Each work is a personal story, a layering of observations, thoughts, hopes, and feelings.”

The opening reception will also include a launch party for First American Art Magazine. Copies of our Fall Issue No. 17 will be available to visitors. The opening event will also gather AXLE Contemporary, Kebab Caravan, and more! Tlingit artist and activist Celeste Worl will DJ.

Sarah Sense

Sarah Sense (Chitimacha-Choctaw), Elizabeth As Cleopatra, 2015, bamboo paper, archival inkjet prints, metallic paper, 45 x 30 in.


Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke), is an educator, writer, and museum professional. She worked for the National Museum of the American Indian curating a collection of historic Crow photographs for the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archive, and works as a liaison for the Crow Tribal Culture Department. Nina works as a museum consultant and is leading a project to build a museum on the Crow reservation. Nina has written for the Smithsonian Magazine online, the Smithsonian’s Collections Online, and First American Art Magazine.

For more about Ralph T. Coe Foundation for the Arts, click here.

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