SITE Santa Fe originally opened in 1995. It's a modern museum that thrives on artistic exploration, experimentation, and expanding the idea of what a museum can be. SITE focuses on displaying art by established and emerging artists in innovative and engaging ways. Its goal is to provide contemporary art to the culture-rich southwest United States. SITE works to bring under-recognized perspectives to light (such as the perspective of minorities of all types). Much of the art focuses on the Americas, from the top of Canada to the bottom of Argentina.
In 2017, SITE Santa Fe expanded their building, adding another 15,000 square feet to the premises and a stunning folded metal cover that ties the old and new structures together. The additions include an education lab for community learning, and an auditorium for public events, an expanded lobby, and a new gallery space. In addition to its exhibits, SITE produces an Art & Culture series of lectures and performances and an educational outreach program for local schools.
One example of the way that SITE Santa Fe approaches exhibitions is the 2019 "Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera" exhibit, which took a unique perspective by focusing on the role of race, gender, and class in opera. Through large photographs, music, film, and the dressing room of a fictional diva, the installation challenged attendees to examine the underlying narratives that are often overlooked.
Biennial projects, large-scale international art installations that take place every two years, are an integral part of SITE's public programming. The museum has put on nine biennials thus far.
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