SANTA FE - Having never been to SITE Santa Fe, I was admittedly a little hazy on the programming down there – I knew there was a famous biennial, but I didn’t know there was also something on display all the time in this 20,000-square-foot former beer warehouse.


Exterior of SITE Santa Fe showing architectural intervention by Greg Lynn/FORM

In fact, SITE is a vibrant kunsthalle-style art space that is making quite a splash with its latest show, More Real? Art in the Age of Truthiness, which opened in summer and runs until 6 January.  

And if you’ve been thinking of going, the timing is right. “This is our high season for collectors and art-world types,” says SITE’s director, Irene Hofmann, of the brilliant autumn weather and the abundant festivals on the docket.


Ai Weiwei, Colored Vases; Trevor Paglen, Nine Reconnaissance Satellites over the Sonora Pass; LA CROSSE/ONYX II Passing through Draco (USA 69); KEYHOLE 12-3/IMPROVEDCRYSTAL Optical Reconnaissance Satellite Near Scorpio (USA 129); John Gerrard, Live Fire Exercise ( Near Djibouti).

The current show – co-presented with the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, where it travels in March – takes on “the shifting nature of reality today,” she says. “The truth is what you want to believe.”

SITE is currently re-tooling the biennial for which it is best known, which won’t be back until 2014. So “More Real” – which includes works by Sharon Lockhart, Ai Weiwei and Vik Muniz – “shows the world what we are even without the biennial,” says Hofmann.


Mark Dion’s Waiting for the Extraordinary.

And the title alone, with its cheeky Stephen Colbert reference, has been getting them attention in the press. “We’re a very nimble place,” says Hofmann. And I’m inclined to believe her – but since truthiness is the topic at hand, I may schedule a visit to Santa Fe just to confirm for myself.


Jonathan Monk’s Deadman.


All photos by Wendy McEahern Photography; Courtesy of SITE Santa Fe

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