2022 was an exciting year for Tia Collection–and Santa Fe at large. While it’s always been our mission to share art with the world, a new collaboration between Tia and SITE Santa Fe brought our long-held goal to serve our local community to the fore. Thanks to this partnership, which will extend well beyond 2022, we’ve had the honor and privilege to share art with not only the city’s millions of visitors, but also our friends, family and colleagues. Join us as we look back at some of the wonderful exhibitions we were fortunate to have collaborated on with SITE Santa Fe.
Helen Pashgian: Presences marked the first 2022 exhibition in which major works from Tia Collection were presented. This important exhibition celebrated Pashgian’s contributions to the Light and Space movement and was a survey of her career over the past five decades. Centered on her critically acclaimed large-scale sculptural installation, Untitled (2012-13), which premiered at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2014, Presences featured a thoughtful gathering of spheres, lenses, and rare wall hangings. (November 19, 2021 – March 27, 2022)
Our second loan to SITE was part of a new program, SITE Santa Fe Spotlight, presented in the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Lobby, a dedicated space to works loaned in partnership with local institutions, foundations, and private collections. This new partnership offered patrons the chance to see Back Porch Whispering by Kiki Smith, which hadn’t been on view to the public since 2017. (December 15, 2021 – March 14, 2022)
New Mexico artist Nani Chacon featured a new body of work in her exhibition SPECTRUM, which explored cultural repair and radical colonial resistance through masterful visual storytelling and re-telling. Composed of 10 newly commissioned, large-scale paintings and a survey of Chacon’s public murals and personal archive, the show drew inspiration from traditional Diné creation mythology, blended with Chacon’s own experiences as a contemporary Indigenous artist. Tia Collection acquired three new works by Nani from this exhibition: Between Two Worlds, Emersion into the Blue World, and The First Creatures Hold the Knowledge of Every World. (April 8, 2022 – August 21, 2022)
Our most recent loan to SITE also marked our second shared contemporary sculpture for SITE Santa Fe Spotlight: Jenny Holzer’s 2012 All Fall. This piece involves texts from three previous works (Truisms, Living and Survival), displayed and cycled on repeat in glowing, LED lights. Inspired and pulled from the artist’s readings of critical, religious, political and radical revolutionary manifestos and publications, Holzer invites the reader through language and happenstance to consider the manipulation of propaganda in our everyday. This work is now on view until January 16th, 2023.
Our fourth loan includes important works by Max Cole, including a pivotal 1962 piece featuring the very shirt off Cole’s back (Crucifixion), for the artist’s solo exhibition, Endless Journey, which surveys over six decades of Cole’s ongoing career including many never-before-seen works. Cole’s iconic paintings invite viewers on a meditative journey through her lifelong investigation of rhythmic repetitive lines and composition. Endless Journey is on view until January 16th, 2023
Thank you to SITE Santa Fe for allowing us to share artwork from Tia Collection with our local community and achieve an important tenet of our mission. We look forward to new exhibitions and loan partnerships with many museums in the future!