New Mexico: A Hidden Gem


Over spring break, I visited New Mexico with two other friends almost entirely for the reason that we had nowhere else to go. The trip, however, ended up being really fun and we found Santa Fe to be an amazing location for art and creativity. The area has long been a source of inspiration for art, with artists such as Georgia O’Keefe, Paul Burlin, and Charlene Teters. Author of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin is also a resident of the city.

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Georgia O’Keeffe, Ram’s Head White Hollyhock and Little Hills, 1935, The Brooklyn Museum

The small city features a mile long stretch of art galleries and sculpture gardens featuring contemporary, international, and Native American pieces among many others, called Canyon Road. The road is a major attraction for tourists, art collectors, and locals alike.

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Kinetic sculptures in Canyon Road

George R.R. Martin is also a major financial backer of an interactive contemporary art installation opened by the Meow Wolf collective called the House of Eternal Return. Housed in an old bowling alley, the House of Eternal Return attracts visitors with its interactive and maximalist art and multimedia design created by over 100 different artists. During our visit, we squeezed through a hallway hidden in a closet into a room with a single piano, opened up a refrigerator and walked through into a futuristic hotel setting, slid down a slide hidden in a washing machine, and climbed a hexagonal staircase into an almost treehouse like structure hidden above the main grounds. These were only a few of the dozens of rooms we visited within the 20,000 square foot complex.

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Maximalist designs
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Slide through the washing machine.

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