SITE Santa Fe

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SITE Santa Fe
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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A contemporary art space committed to enriching the cultural life of Santa Fe and beyond. SITE creates significant experiences for visitors by presenting the most innovative visual art of our time in new and engaging ways. Since its opening in 1995, SITE Santa Fe has been committed to supporting new developments in contemporary art, encouraging artistic exploration, and expanding traditional museum experiences.
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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,059 contributions
Fabulous art, very knowledgeable "guards"
Jul. 2021
The art was cutting-edge -- but, for the two exhibits I saw on 8 July '21 at least, also surprisingly accessible to people who haven't seen much contemporary art. I got another nice surprise when I asked the "guard" about writing in one of the paintings that looked like Italian to me... she explained that it tied this painting to the next, told me the history of the Italian artist in the next painting and compared the artist's style with Caravaggio. I asked her about another painting and got a similar wealth of info. We ended up talking about languages, how she had studied ancient Greek in college and how ambiguous translations can be, etc. The great art was enough, but she made it much more interesting and meaningful.
Written 8 July 2021
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flaneur40
New York City, NY1,718 contributions
Fantastic Museum near the Farmer's MKT; free on Fridays
Nov. 2019
This was the first place I wound up in Santa Fe basically because I got lost entering the city and was early to check in to my B&B. It was a Friday and it was free. It was very quiet probably because of the snow that had recently arrived in town. However the exhibitions were informative and a lot of fun. The opera exhibit has a terrific activity requiring you to place a plastic gold coin into a slot to enjoy a light and music show; the last step is for you to throw an artificial rose onto the "stage."
Written 4 December 2019
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James Weaver
Irvine, CA2,171 contributions
A huge space with perhaps not enough to fill it...
Aug. 2019 • Couples
But it was really interesting to walk through. Another couple came in at the same time, paid and left within 10 minutes. We were still looking in the small gift store and having a coffee and scone, so we did notice them. And as we left she committed that we had gone through backwards, but I strongly disagree with that. You go in where the curtains are open and the lights are bright, not a small doorway that is just a few feet away and darker. This exhibit was Bel Canto, a series of rooms themed with the Opera in mind. Italian Opera Houses, a wall of pictures of 150 of 3 tier houses from all over the Country taken from center stage looking to the back of the house. Some are rather plain, some ornate, big city or small. All show the local Opera House as the real backbone of Italian culture. The next room has a screen showing an aria being performed. Then you move into a story and rooms, dressing, makeup, giving a feel of what it takes to perform. Our time was an hour and a half. Speaking with the front desk, she said that the longest stay she has seen was 4 hours. But if you are a fan, you might be interested in seeing this exhibition.
Written 24 August 2019
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Hello I6181ENjamesw! We appreciate your review & are happy that you visited our current "Bel Canto" exhibition. Thank you for sharing your thoughts & experience in our museum. You're right, the space may seem empty compared to other museums. The exhibition design is intentionally spare & minimal to help maximize and differentiate the sound quality between the different works of art. We are lucky to have so much room to let the art breathe & sing! It's wonderful that you enjoyed your time at SITE Santa Fe & lingered in the installations for such a long while. We hope that you'll return again soon!
Written 27 August 2019
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Cindy T
Northampton, MA568 contributions
Eclectic Art Museum
Jul. 2019 • Friends
This is a wonderful modern art museum. A group of four of us visited on a Saturday afternoon. I especially liked the exhibit about nuns. There are several opera-themed exhibits. Quite information. Extra added bonus - the gift shop has unique items at reasonable prices.
Written 10 July 2019
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Hi Cindy! Thank you so much for your review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed the Suzanne Bocanegra installation in our "Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera" exhibition. And we are happy you enjoyed shopping at our gift store. We hope that you'll come visit us again soon!
Written 24 September 2019
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Wendy K
Seattle, WA433 contributions
Bel Canto Well Curated
May 2019 • Solo
Visited with my two adult daughters. After stopping by several galleries with kitschy, amateurish art, this museum was a delight. Bel Canto consisted of contributions by a variety of talented artists, all related to the Opera. Well organized, very interesting and very professional. Museum is located on a wonderful park, which is an added bonus.
Written 22 May 2019
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We are thrilled that you enjoyed our "Bel Canto: Contemporary Artists Explore Opera" exhibition. It is nice that you appreciated the diverse art media represented in the show, as well as the variety of artists. And how wonderful that you stopped by the Railyard Park--we hope you were able to see the giant polar bear installation made of recycled car hoods!
Written 24 September 2019
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KthSch
Aurora, IL3,335 contributions
Challenging in the best ways!
Aug. 2018 • Solo
Love, love, love this contemporary art gallery! In fact SITE Santa Fe is one of the places responsible for my growing appreciation for truly contemporary art. Always interesting. Often fascinating. Sometimes deeply moving. (And of course, sometimes leaves me cold!) I like being challenged here.

For me, the key is visiting when SITE Santa Fe has free admission…all day on Fridays and Saturday mornings during the Farmers’ Market across the street.

Generally, I spend two hours here (since that’s the max on the parking meters) and that seems to be just right. Looking forward to my next visit!
Written 8 April 2019
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Antmakka555
Albuquerque, NM70 contributions
We never got to go inside.
Jul. 2018 • Couples
I've no idea if SITE is any good, as the parking meter was not accepting credit cards (we didn't have 20 quarters). The parking attendants didn't know what to do but said they would still ticket any car not displaying a valid parking pass. I guess it was too much trouble to send someone to a local bank and stock up on quarters, or temporarily suspend the parking fee.
We left, along with many others, and spent our money elsewhere.
Written 31 October 2018
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KthSch
Aurora, IL3,335 contributions
A Santa Fe Treasure!
Nov. 2017 • Solo
I try to visit SITE Santa Fe each time I'm in town. I always find the changing exhibitions interesting and sometimes deeply moving. I'm fascinated by contemporary art. Sometimes I hate it, sometimes I love it, but I'm never indifferent to it.

I was thrilled to see on this trip in November, 2017 that SITE Santa Fe had significantly increased their square footage including a new climate controlled space. This has allowed a greater freedom in what can be on exhibition.

It certainly had a deeply positive impact for my visit. "Future Shock" was just an amazing and challenging exhibition that captured my attention fully. I even bought the exhibition book, something I don't normally do!

KEY HINT: SITE Santa Fe is free every Friday all day and from 10am-noon on Saturdays (during the Farmer's Market which is across the street). I've never paid to visit. Given the uncertainty of what is on display, I like this game plan!

Keith
Written 12 May 2018
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jimtons
Chicago, IL125 contributions
Great Cutting Edge Contemporary Art
Apr. 2018 • Friends
The current show which is just about to close is "Future Shock" which is a fascinating presentation by several artists that deals with reaction to major changes in society. I am not usually a fan of video presentations but there were two beautiful and fascinating films as well a number really interesting more traditional presentations. You don't need to spend a long time here but it is truly interesting and at least on Saturday if was free.
Written 29 April 2018
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Elissa Jane M
Pagosa Springs, CO36 contributions
Brilliant, well curated, fabulous show!
Apr. 2018 • Solo
I'm so elated I walked into the "Future Shock" exhibit. I found the work to be intriguing, subversive and well curated to tell a story about the times we have in store. Artists chosen for this were perfectly selected and I was particularly floored by the Alexis Rockman paintings, wowsa, wowsa wow! Still thinking about the imagery and disturbing truths depicted throughout the show, and appreciate the timely theme without being too literal or obvious. I also got a kick out of Lynn Hershman Leeson's installation, disturbing yet engaging and whimsical. The staff at the museum were helpful, friendly and willing to interact and show me their favorite parts of the show. Nothing pretentious about this place. If you want to experience modern art in an incredible venue curated by brilliant curators and approachable staff, you'll definitely need to stop here.
Written 26 April 2018
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SITE Santa Fe is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • Thu - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm