SANTA FE, N.M. — Indigenous tattoo practitioners from around the world will meet at the Santa Fe Art Institute next Sunday for a symposium to discuss the revival of traditional tattooing practices and other conversations celebrating the cultural art forms.
The first “Ancestral Ink” symposium features a roster of master and emerging tattoo artists, the founders of the Earthline Tattoo School on the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus and several other scholars/artists. The program will include on-site demonstrations, video screenings and talks on subjects including different tattoo traditions and designs by region, as well as cultural protocols and appropriation.
The event is from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18 at SFAI, 1600 St. Michael’s Drive. Admission is free, but registration at sfai.org is recommended due to limited seating. Food trucks and musical acts will be set up during the lunch hour. “Ancestral Ink” is being produced by Kua’aina Associates, a California-based organization with a mission of supporting indigenous communities, and Santa Fe’s Broken Boxes Podcast.
‘ALCOVE RELAUNCHED’: The New Mexico Museum of Art’s “Alcove” series returns this week with its first exhibition showcasing five living artists. The first in a series of six shows opened Saturday and will remain up until Oct. 12. “Alcove” derives from a set of shows that were held when the museum was founded in 1917. Relaunched in 2012, it provides a chance for contemporary artists to be featured in the museum’s historic space. “The Alcove series of exhibitions gives us a chance to focus in on a few of these artists and to generate conversation around their work,” curator Merry Scully says.