SANTA FE — Santa Fe is world renowned for unique, rich visual arts and peerless indigenous culture past and present.
This in no small part is due to the contributions of two arts visionaries and producers—John Morris and Kim Martindale—who together offer over a century of profoundly successful expertise around the country and in The City Different.
For 2022, the duo’s two signature summer shows, Objects of Art Santa Fe and The American Indian Art Show Santa Fe not only return live and in-person but are concerted together for the first time from August 11-14 to provide visitors with a prime opportunity to discover a vast range of historic to contemporary, original, one-of-a-kind art pieces from paintings, sculpture, textiles and jewelry to furniture, books, and tribal folk art from indigenous American masters to creators all around the word—all through the keen and discerning eyes of Morris and Martindale.
An expanded, enhanced and interactive Virtual Show runs August 11-31.
A Classic Experience Reimagined
“The two shows have been so successful for so long on their own that we hadn’t thought to make a change of this nature,” Morris said, legendary Head of Production for the Woodstock Music And Art Fair in 1969. “In producing virtual shows for the pandemic, and listening to suggestions from exhibitors and clients, we realized they belonged together and would not only magnify, enhance, and contextualize the experience for both collector and visitor, but for exhibitors and artists too.”
“Over the years we’ve developed a passionate following for the two shows throughout the southwest and coast-to-coast as well. Our guests love the historic Santa Fe Railyard setting and unlimited cultural, culinary, and outdoors opportunities that abound in the Santa Fe summer, so beyond the expanded experience, we’re excited that some people won’t have to choose one weekend over another this year and fight as much for those always sold-out hotel rooms.”
Original In The City Different
“Santa Fe is as unique and bespoke a cultural center as you’ll find anywhere on earth,” Martindale said. “Our shows—where the only requirement is that all things must be original, not mass produced but unique single objects of art—are genuinely at home here.”
“This year, with the 100th anniversary of the phenomenal Indian Market and the statewide Indigenous Celebration New Mexico 2022 (IC22), we look forward to the most dynamic art, artists, and patrons coming together to experience some of the world’s most inspired and inspiring creations. This will be a most special time in Santa Fe and one you mustn’t miss.”
- Opening Celebration & Benefit For SWAIA/Indian Market
From 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11
- Show Dates & Times
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 12, 13 & 14
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, New Mexico
555 Camino de La Familia / Santa Fe Railyard
*This year’s show is dedicated to Tomás Romero, longtime President of The Board at El Museo
- Expanded Virtual Show + Special Exhibitions, Lectures & More
August 11 – 31
Objects of Art & American Indian Art/Tribal Santa Fe 2022 Show
The new show adds “Tribal” to the title as this crucial element will have four major tribal exhibitors from all over the continent to exhibit in Santa Fe for the first time in nearly a decade: Joshua Dimondstein, Mark Eglinton, Mark Johnson, and James Stephenson. Longtime show participants from the tribal world to return are Dancing Threads and Caravanserai.
2022 will be more inclusive than ever as it presents original and unique material from contemporary to historic times: paintings, sculpture, and fine art of all kinds, furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles, and tribal, folk, American Indian, African, and Asian art—singular master objects of art from around the world.
Special Exhibitions, Featured Gallery Presentation & Art Installation
Morris and Martindale will produce two special exhibitions for the show: Variations On A Loom: Master Navajo Weavers from Crystal Trading Post During The J.B. Moore Era and Looking Forward Through The Past: Contemporary Native American Art.
The show will also include a featured gallery presentation of mesmerizing Australian Aboriginal Master Artists hosted by Natalie Holubnytschyj of Australian Aboriginal Art Gallery in her first trip abroad since Covid-19. Fazakas Gallery will present an art installation by multidisciplinary Cree-Metis sensation Jason Baerg hot off his huge success at Art Toronto.
Variations on a Loom: Master Navajo Weavers from Crystal Trading Post During the J.B. Moore Era. Courtesy/Objects Of Art Shows
This will be only the second time a J.B. Moore collection of this size will be on public view. Curators Anne & Robert Smith have the most complete collections of J.B. Moore rugs known today and the exhibition will feature over 50 pieces. Smith began feverishly collecting the textiles in 2007, captivated by the beauty of the designs and the colorful history of J.B Moore.
Moore was the first trader to honor his Navajo weavers by placing their names with their creations in his second catalog. There are 14 named weavers in this catalog with some of them having multiple weavings/designs.
Looking Forward Through The Past: Contemporary Native American Art curated by James Trotta-Bono. Courtesy/Objects Of Art Shows
Native artists, rooted in tradition, today create dynamic cross-cultural dialogues that examine the past and reinterpret the shared future. Through these voices, the ability witness the evolving narrative of ancestral knowledge where each generation stands upon the immense shoulders of the previous. This intense connection to the past has uniquely served Native artists and by extension, all the larger art community. Trotta-Bono Contemporary will present a potent cross-section of artwork by these integral figures of the 20th and 21st centuries.
Virtual Objects of Art & American Indian/Tribal Santa Fe
Objects of Art Shows produced virtual fairs for the first time in 2021 when the physical shows shuttered due to Covid-19. Virtual access vastly expanded exhibitor offerings and brought in record numbers of attendees from 30 countries. Morris and Martindale discovered that a virtual show is a legitimate, high-demand way to see and buy art when you cannot attend the physical show. The technology also facilitates compelling and lasting enhancements to live presentation.
The new, state-of-the-art, virtual show platform designed specifically for Objects of Art Shows will at least double the number of exhibitors, and offers easy navigation and features for exhibitors, collectors, and patrons as well as special exhibitions, interactive lectures, and more to be announced.
Please note: Some exhibitors attend the physical show and not the virtual show, and many exhibitors attend the virtual show as a result of being unable to attend the physical show. Both are necessary for the full experience. Opening day of Virtual Objects of Art & American Indian/Tribal Santa Fe is a benefit for IC22 and the Virtual Show is then free.