Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts Events

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts

Extended Hours starting July 13

The Coe has extended open hours beginning Saturday, July 13, 2019. We will be open every Saturday through August 31, from 1-4 pm, with the exception of Santa Fe Indian Market Saturday, August 17.

We are also open daily from 1-4 pm August 12-16 and August 19-23, 2019.

Thursday, August 15, 1-4 pm is the Coe Annual Open House with Joyce Growing Thunder and her family and The Mvskoke Canoe Paddle Project Pop-Up exhibition with Kenneth Johnson. That evening the Coe presents FUNCTION with Cannupa Hanska Luger. Please see EVENTBRITE to purchase tickets online.


2019 Coe Center Open House

August 15, 1-4 pm

2019 Coe Center Open House
Please join us August 15, 1-4 pm for the Coe annual open house which honors the Growing Thunder Family. Joyce Growing Thunder (Assiniboine-Sioux) will be in residence with her family. Joyce, her daughter Juanita, and her granddaughters Jessa Rae and Camryn have consistently won top Indian Market awards, including several best-of-show since 1985. Their work is spectacular for its seamless melding of tradition and innovation through a combination of different colored beads and parfleche stitched together by flawless hands. While in the quiet setting at the Coe, our visitors are able to share, converse, and experience these master artists.

Also making an appearance for the second year is The Mvskoke Canoe Paddle Project which is the return of the traditional bow and traditional canoe to the Muscogee (Creek) people, as envisioned by the late Mike Berryhill, Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. Berryhill was instrumental in facilitating teaching the Mvskoke community bow-making through mentoring and demonstrating, and his legacy has inspired the return of the canoe paddle. Both the bow and the canoe projects have ushered in a resurgence of community by the fostering of mentoring relationships, bringing back language (verbal and artistic), health and wellness, culture, and renewal of songs. The Mvskoke Canoe Paddle Project Pop-Up exhibition on August 15, 1-4 pm. The jewelry artist Kenneth Johnson (Muscogee Creek) will give remarks at 2pm.

We, at the Coe, are very honored to host both the Growing Thunder Family and The Mvskoke Paddle Project on this very special day.


FUNCTION with Cannupa Hanska Luger

August 15, 5:30-8:30 pm

The Coe has partnered with Cannupa Hanska Luger, an internationally renowned artist, and activist, to create a large scale, interactive artwork entitled FUNCTION. FUNCTION is a play on the functional aspects of clay as a tool for practical use, and of art and food as a means for bringing people together.

In collaboration with Santa Fe Clay, Paseo Potter, and Littleglobe, FUNCTION began in April 2019 with a series of community workshops where Luger led participants in the production of plates to be eaten off of at the project’s culmination—a dinner on August 15, 2019. This plate-making experience will be mirrored by local chefs leading the young people of Youthworks culinary arts program through the collaborative effort of making the dinner.

The meal, prepared through the vehicle of clay whether a Comal, tandoori oven, micaceous bean pots, tagines, or French Dutch ovens, will be served family-style at the Coe Center’s parking lot. The act of cooking in a clay medium is a cross-current through time and space, uniting us across history and cultural divides. The act of having made plates and then sitting together to share a community meal brings diversity together.

At the dinner, participants will share in the food and then at the end of the meal, stand and shatter their dishes creating an environment where the experience is greater than holding onto an object. Luger will grind the remnants into clay grog to be used as a stabilizing tool in his next creations bringing the project full circle. FUNCTION is simultaneously profound and silly, memorable and ephemeral, triumphant and mundane with the end goal of “turning a table into a bridge.”

Making a plate with muddy hands, extending the communal act of eating into a consciously crafted diner as a result of deep learning with chefs and Youthworks, creates an experience for participants that will ripple beyond the final meal as they have acquired the role of being the artist, as well as the literal opportunity to experience the earth. In a time with cultural tensions, violence and misunderstanding are all too common, the simple act of making messes and eating together offers a safe and comfortable platform for community building and diverse conversations.

A limited number of dinner-only tickets are now available. Please purchase your tickets online at EVENTBRITE or contact the Coe Center at bmurphy@coeartscenter.org or (505) 983-6372 for more information.

Cannupa Hanska Luger is a New Mexico-based, multi-disciplinary artist. Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he is of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Using social collaboration and in response to timely and site-specific issues, Luger produces multi-pronged projects that take many forms. Through monumental installations that incorporate ceramics, video, sound, fiber, steel, and cut-paper, Luger interweaves performance and political action to communicate stories about 21st-century Indigeneity. He is the 2018 recipient of the Museum of Arts and Design’s inaugural Burke Prize.

Santa Fe Clay occupies a renovated, 11,600-square-foot warehouse in downtown Santa Fe’s historic Railyard District. This unique facility houses a world-class art gallery (showcasing both traditional and contemporary artists); an engaging retail space offering everything from ceramic supplies to tableware; private art studios; and an expansive workroom that’s fully equipped for the on-going production of ceramics.

Paseo Pottery is a pottery-powered charity, joining the rank of a growing number of businesses embracing a radical form of conscious capitalism: cover costs, then donate the rest to improve society. Our teachers volunteer their time and 100% of net profits go to charity. Come stock up on local handmade pottery in our gallery or play with a fun group of fellow mud-lovers in our studio, knowing your dollars are going to a good cause.

Santa Fe Youthworks is a non-profit, community-based organization that creates opportunities for disconnected youth and families in Northern New Mexico to become engaged and valued members of their communities. Through our programs, job training and placement, life skills, counseling, education, and leadership development, we inspire youth to realize their full potential.

Littleglobe is a Santa Fe based, non-profit artist ensemble committed to creative collaboration. We are a team of seasoned, professional artists, activists and facilitators from diverse cultural and artistic backgrounds committed to empowering underserved individuals and communities. Our community collaborations encourage participants to explore issues that are important to them, using their unique voices. Littleglobe individual artist projects are deeply personal, socially meaningful and artistically rigorous performances, installations, publications and other works of art. Working across creative disciplines, building partnerships and experimentation are essential to our work.


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