2024 Hands-On Curatorial Program: Reflections on Movement

by | Feb 22, 2024 | Hands-On Curatorial Program

“Reflections on Movement” logo created by the Coe Center’s
Hands-On Curatorial Program students, 2024.

 02/21/2024 | Official Press Release

Exhibition Opening
Reflections on Movement
Where: Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts
When: Friday, May 17, 2024 at 5:30 pm


Every object tells a different story. Each has traveled across the world to this one point, the Coe Center, and has now reached our hands and minds. The pieces we chose speak to one another, sharing something in common. Containing stories of the human experience—such as childhood and play, work and utility, or creation stories and spirituality—they all remain different. Each item was produced within varying contexts, moving between people, times, relations, homes, and environments. We have done our best to witness these stories and share them. 

“Reflections on Movement” features stories of collaboration and trade between cultures, connecting to create social bonds. Some pieces are even composed of parts from multiple places and communities, working in harmony. As a curatorial collective, we connected over this topic because of our personal experiences and interests. The histories, techniques, and styles of the work can speak to anyone. We hope visitors can also connect with the stories being told, and share our experience of listening and learning from the works. 

We call into question what society deems as museum “artifacts.” As curators, we chose pieces that may appear unusual in a gallery setting. We carefully considered the background of each unique object, treating them with the respect Indigenous art is often denied. Through “Reflections on Movement,” we hope to demonstrate the possibilities of creating an inclusive artistic space, where connections across time and place can be celebrated. 

This year’s curators are Kai Bullock (New Mexico School for the Arts), Braulio Chavez (New Mexico School for the Arts), Julia Gibson (Academy for Technology and the Classics), and Zoë Kountoupes-Wilson (Mandela International Magnet School). Currently in the midst of its tenth year working in collaboration with high school students across Santa Fe, the intensive curatorial program is led by Program Director Lillia McEnaney.

 11/28/2023 | Guest Visits

Curatorial workshop with Guest Speakers Bess Murphy, Luce Curator of Art and Social Practice, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and Tony Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), Curator of Ethnology, Laboratory of Anthropology, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

09/19/2023 | First day at the Coe Center!

On their first day at the Coe Center, our newest group of high school students dove into the collection, eager to explore and find inspiration for their upcoming Hands-On Curatorial Program. Surrounded by history, they embarked on a journey of discovery. Through discussions and exploration, they began to shape their visions for the program, fueled by the excitement of unraveling the stories behind each piece. As they departed, their minds buzzed with inspiration, ready to embark on a transformative journey of creativity and curation.

The Hands-On Curatorial Program is supported by the Roan Mulholland Fund.
In addition, this project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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