I never really need a reason to visit Santa Fe. If I did, this exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art would be the best one.
"Sole Mates: Cowboy Boots and Art celebrates images of the West and views cowboy boots as important symbols of western life.
The exhibition presents more than 130 examples of contemporary and historic art, including paintings, drawings, advertisements, postcards, sculptures, video imagery, and of course cowboy boots.
These images investigate changing aspects of the West by addressing freedom, loneliness, gender, fashion, allure and youth culture."
At the New Mexico Museum of Art, on The Plaza in downtown Santa Fe, New Mexico May 15, 2010 through Oct 17, 2010.
* photo by Blair Clark, 2009.
** Oak Leaves, 2008, Lisa Sorrell, courtesy of the artist.
*** A Bucking Bronco, 1888, wood engraving, Frederic Remington.