5 Days | May 18–22, 2022
Join Marion Maneker to explore one of America’s most charming art destinations. Immerse yourself in the heart of Santa Fe with four nights at the only hotel located on the Plaza. Learn about the history of Indigenous art with special access to the School for Advanced Research and an intimate gathering with an acclaimed Indigenous artist who shines a light on contemporary issues through her work. Then meet with Native artists at the Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the life and legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe as you tour her home, see the landscape that inspired her art, and visit the museum that houses the largest collection of her works. To top it all off, taste your way through the streets of Santa Fe on a culinary wine tour, dine in landscaped courtyards and patios, and indulge in organic artisan chocolates.
- Step inside the life of an artist as you tour their private homes, studios, gardens, and galleries.
- Enjoy a cocktail reception in Nedra Matteucci’s courtyard, owner of one of the longest continually operating galleries in New Mexico.
- Meet with faculty and thought leaders at the School for Advanced Research, the nation’s leading institution for the preservation and revitalization of Native American cultural heritage and art. Then observe this rich heritage firsthand on a tour of the school’s vast collection of Southwest Native American art.
- Immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes that inspired Georgia O’Keeffe, the “Mother of American Modernism,” as you tour the grounds of Ghost Ranch, where O’Keeffe lived and painted many of her best-known landscapes over five decades.
- Tour the Gerald Peters Gallery and meet with a renowned Indigenous artist to discuss the treatment of contemporary issues through art.
Wednesday, May 18 Food and Wine Walking Tour
Plan to transfer from the Albuquerque International Sunport to your hotel on the Santa Fe Plaza by midafternoon. After settling into your hotel, join your fellow travelers for a food and wine walking tour of central Santa Fe. Toast your adventure with food and wine pairings as you explore the charming city center.
Included Meals: Dinner
Thursday, May 19 Preserving Indigenous Art
The day begins with an exclusive, before-hours welcome and tour with the Manager of Museum Education at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), the country’s only museum for exhibiting, collecting, and interpreting the most progressive work of contemporary Native artists, stewarding 9,000 contemporary Indigenous pieces in its collection. Afterwards, meet with Elysia Poon, Director of the Indian Arts Research Center at the School for Advanced Research, where you will learn about the Center’s efforts to preserve Indigenous art and pottery, tour the institute’s expansive collection, and enjoy a picnic lunch on the grounds. This afternoon, visit with Cara Romero, renowned for her dramatic digital photography which examines Indigenous life through a contemporary lens, in a private visit and tour of the Gerald Peters Gallery. Continue to Nedra Matteucci’s stunning gallery, set in an adobe house and garden and featuring Southwestern works. Matteucci invites you back to her home for a private cocktail reception.
Included Meals: Lunch, Reception
Friday, May 20 Travel to Taos
Travel the winding scenic road through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains this morning from Santa Fe to the Taos Pueblo for an artist encounter. The Taos Pueblo is the only Native American community designated both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a National Historic Landmark. Continue to the Taos Plaza for lunch as a group before embarking on a walking tour to learn more about the vibrant local art community. Enjoy a sweet break and some edible “art” with an artisan chocolate tasting. Return to Santa Fe this evening with time to explore the city on your own.
Included Meals: Lunch, Chocolate Tasting
Saturday, May 21 At Home with Georgia O’Keeffe
No visit to New Mexico is complete without exploring the life and legacy of Georgia O’Keeffe, the “Mother of American Modernism.” Begin your day at the Georgia O’Keeffe home, studio, and gardens in Abiquiú, a National Historic Landmark one-hour north of Santa Fe. Your visit begins with a welcome from the site manager and details about the Museum’s efforts to preserve this historical place. Continue to Ghost Ranch, the 21,000-acre property that served as Georgia O’Keeffe’s home and backdrop to her work for decades. Enjoy lunch on the property along with a landscape tour of the towering rock walls, vibrant colors, and open skies that inspired and are reflected in her artwork. Return to Santa Fe this afternoon to visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of the artist’s work. Tonight, join your fellow travelers for a final celebratory meal in an enchanting garden courtyard on the Santa Fe Plaza.
Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Reception
Sunday, May 22 Departure
Your final morning begins at Art Vault, a nonprofit gallery sharing algorithmic, interactive, and video art. After, meet with Renee Tanner, the Manager of the vibrant Railyard Artisan Market. Renee will tell you about the market’s history, the decision process for determining what work to feature, and provide background about some of the artisans. Enjoy time at leisure to explore the market before continuing for individual flights home.
Marion Maneker is the editor of Art Market Monitor and former editorial director of ARTnews. Maneker has covered the art market for more than 20 years at New York magazine, the New York Times, and the New York Sun, and then through Art Market Monitor, which he founded in 2008. Previously, Maneker was the publisher of HarperBusiness, the business books division of HarperCollins. Under Maneker’s leadership, the books division became the most profitable imprint at the publishing house. He produced the Big Picture Conference with Bloomberg’s Barry Ritholtz and the Artelligence Conference. Previously, he founded the Penguin Lives series of short biographies with James Atlas. As a Features Editor at New York Magazine, Maneker launched the New York Shops series, was editor of NYMag.com, and worked with columnists like Michael Wolff and Jim Cramer.
Established in 1607, La Fonda on the Plaza was Santa Fe’s first inn – and remains the only hotel located on Santa Fe’s historic plaza. Rebuilt in 1922, the luxurious lodging offers modern conveniences intermingled with authentic New Mexican style. Spacious rooms feature authentic New Mexican craftsmanship, including hand-painted headboards, handcrafted furnishings and original artwork. Amenities include a heated year-round outdoor pool, steam room, and full-service spa.
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