Public Programs Archive

Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand Exhibition Catalogue Release and Closing Reception

Saturday, December 30 // CCA Tank Garage // 4-7pm // Free

Join us for a closing reception and catalogue release for Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand—the solo exhibition from internationally renowned sculptor Tom Joyce at the Center for Contemporary Arts' Tank Garage Gallery. The exhibition catalog, published by CCA and designed by David Chickey, will be available in limited quantity. Catalogue funded by Charles and Edwina Milner.

Image: Installation view of Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand, 2017, CCA Photo © Daniel Barsotti

Axle Contemporary Presents: Artist Talk with Piers Watson

Saturday, December 2 // CCA Tank Garage // 1-2pm // Free

Axle Contemporary will bring the mobile exhibition The Luted Crucible: an Exhibition of Small Bronzes to the CCA campus on Saturday, December 2nd and will host an art talk with Piers Watson. Watson will speak on the process and history of traditional bronze casting from India and Africa in the Tank Garage. 

Axle Contemporary is an art gallery on wheels, housed in the back of a custom retrofitted 1970 aluminum stepvan. They exhibit installation art, performance, works on paper, including photography, drawing, and painting, and occasionally sculpture. Their mobility allows them to visit both typical art venues and unusual ones, such as schools, empty lots, restaurants, grocery stores,and city streets. The 6' x 10' exhibition space features high wood ceilings, exposed beams, track lighting and a magnetically based system for displaying unframed works on paper. Axle Contemporary was founded in 2010 by artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman, as a collaborative work of art, and an innovative vehicle for arts distribution. It has since grown beyond the confines of the mobile exhibition space, and also includes book publishing, and alternative methods of creation and dissemination of contemporary arts in the public sphere.

About The Luted Crucible

This semester, students at the New Mexico School for the Arts have been learning a pre-industrial bronze casting process from visiting artist Piers Watson, and working with artist Brian Fleetwood on 3-d printing technology to be used for bronze casting. Axle Contemporary is pleased to exhibit the small bronze sculptures that have resulted from this work together. In addition, they will exhibit several small works using this same technique by other local artists.

The Luted Crucible bronze casting process has been used for centuries in India. Originally from Santa Fe, Piers Watson made several trips to the rural community of Bastar, Chhattisgarh, India, where he apprenticed with local bronze casters to learn this direct wood-fired casting technique. Since that time, he has been traveling in Europe and the U.S. teaching it to other artists, and expanding his bronze casting research into West Africa. The term “luted crucible” refers to the connecting or “luting” of two elements (in this case, the mould that contains the wax or 3-d printed object to be cast and the crucible that contains the copper and tin)


Conversations at Hand: Nina D. Rosenberg, David Krakauer, and Tom Joyce

Wednesday, November 15 // CCA Tank Garage // 6-7:30pm // $5 Gallery Admission 

Nina D. Rosenberg, Program Director of Nuclear Non-proliferation & Security at Los Alamos National Laboratories, and David Krakauer, Director of the Santa Fe Institute, will discuss invention and innovation with featured artist Tom Joyce. This conversation will be moderated by Stuart Ashman, CCA Executive Director.

Image: detail of Everything at Hand installation at CCA © Daniel Barsotti

The fall season of public programs are supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Conversations at Hand: Tom Joyce and David Chickey

Wednesday, October 18 // CCA Tank Garage // 6-7:30pm // $5 Gallery Admission 

Tom Joyce will be in conversation with David Chickey, publisher, designer, and editorial director at Radius Books, to discuss the monograph, Tom Joyce: Works (2002-2017). A book signing will be held following the conversation. 

Image: Installation view of Everything at Hand, photo © Dan Barsotti

The fall season of public programs are supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Artist Workshop: Object as Tool

Saturday, October 14 // CCA Tank Garage // 12-4pm // $15-$25 Sliding Scale Tickets 

Spend an afternoon with Chris Collins, sculptor and found object artist, exploring the process of utilizing found materials in sculptural works. In this workshop, participants will be asked to bring or find an object or objects which will be utilized to create a plaster relief sculpture. This will include a short discussion of the found object in art and the artist's process, followed by an material foraging walk from which a small plaster casting will be made through pressing found objects into clay.

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The fall season of public programs are supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guns to Gardens

Saturday, October 7 // CCA Sculpture Garden // 5:30-6:45pm // Free 

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) is inviting you to a free event that celebrates life over death, love over hate, and art over guns.

Come and join NMPGV and watch a gun forged into a gardening tool right before your very eyes by RAWTools. Get inspired while award-winning poet Jimmy Santiago Baca reads his radical and fiery poetry. Then get your groove on to the awesome music of Eileen and the In-betweens. This indie folk band is certain to keep us moving forward. See art made from guns through our Guns to Gardens program by our very own internationally renowned sculptor Jeremy Thomas and by Santa Fe Community College art and welding students. Coats made out of gun parts by Sarah Nolan of Singular Couture will be on display.

Special guest speakers include: Santa Fe Mayor Gonzales, Valerie Plame, Warren Montoya from Rezonate Art and Jill Benjamin.

Performance: Earth Terma

Friday, October 6 / 6-8pm / Saturday, October 7 / 7-8pm // Sunday, October 8 / 2-4pm// CCA Tank Garage // $15-$25 Sliding Scale Tickets

Earth Terma, choreographed and directed by Micaela Gardner, is a modern dance piece set amid the artworks of Tom Joyce in the CCA Tank Garage. This performance work is a “durational” trio, danced by Spencer Toll, Micayla Duran and Micaela Gardner. Performed in a repeating cycle, the work can be visited any time by audience within its two-hour installation. The cycle beginnings are on the hour and half hour. Evening Performances on October 6 and 7, 6-8 pm and Sunday Matinee on October 8, 2-4pm. A reception with the artists will follow the performance on Sunday.

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A Celebration of Dolores Huerta

Thursday, October 5 // CCA Sculpture Garden, Cinematheque, and Tank Garage // 5-7pm // Free 

CCA, IATSE, New Mexico History Museum, PBS and Somos Un Pueblo Unido team up to host legendary civil rights hero, Dolores Huerta. 

The legendary Dolores Huerta, one of America’s most influential activists of the past 100 years, visits Santa Fe to attend an event held in her honor October 5, 2017, at the Center for Contemporary Arts. After a visit to Capital High School, where she will address the student body, Dolores will be present at a free community feed at the CCA, with food provided by IATSE Local 480, the film technicians union, including speeches and entertainment provided by the civil rights organization Somos un Pueblo Unido, which fights for immigrants rights in New Mexico.

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Artist Workshop: Earth Terma Dance Practice with Micaela Gardner

Saturday, September 30 // CCA Tank Garage // 2-4pm // $15-$25 Sliding Scale Tickets 

This two hour workshop will include: Breath Energetics and Chi Gong basics; conditioning with intelligence and spirit; use of imagery and energy as it supports and inflicts movement; Kinespheric range and daring; and an introduction to the movement environments of the upcoming performance of Earth Terma. Earth Terma will be presented by Micaela Gardner Projects in the CCA Tank Garage October 6-8.

This program is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration

Wednesday, September 27 // Cinematheque, Tank Garage Galleries, and Sculpture Garden // 5-7pm // Free 

The third and final installment of the 2017 Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration (co-presented by Center for Contemporary Arts, the Street Food Institute, and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute) will be on Wednesday, September 27. This free event celebrates Santa Fe’s unrivaled love of great food, local agriculture, and world-class cinema.

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Workshop: The Future of Energy Design Storm

Wednesday, September 27 // CCA Tank Garage Living Room Gallery // 6-8pm // Free 

The Future Energy Design Storm is a public interactive event designed for participants from diverse disciplines, from engineering and science to architecture and the arts. Based on the Stanford D-School Design Thinking Model, this two-hour workshop will engage participants in discussions about about renewable energy potentials in and around Santa Fe and invite ideas for a more sustainable future. Led by Andrea Polli and Madeline Bolding with participation from UNM students of Computational Sustainability. The workshop will be happening concurrently with Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration. Limited seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis and participants are expected to engage in the full two hour workshop. Free tickets will be available the day of the event at the CCA Cinematheque box office and advanced reservations are available at


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Conversations at Hand: Andrea Polli and Jamie Blosser

Wednesday, September 13 // CCA Tank Garage Galleries // 6-7:30pm // $5 Gallery Admission

Andrea Polli, environmental artist and professor of Art & Ecology at University of New Mexico, and Jamie Blosser, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Art Institute, will be in conversation about changing technologies and art; hands on experiences with time tested and new materials and processes; and various learning models. 

Conversations at Hand is a series of programs coinciding with the Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand exhibition at the CCA. It includes a monthly conversation between two or three people from various disciplines and backgrounds to discuss themes that are present in the exhibition.

This program is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Detial of Corona III, photo © Tom Joyce Studio

Opening Reception: American Studies

Friday, September 8 // CCA Cinematheque Gallery // 5-7pm // Free

Santa Fe-based artist Richard Sober intentionally remained on the edges of the art world for almost fifty years, quietly painting and examining the remarkable details in unremarkable places. The thirty-two paintings in this exhibition, American Studies, are just that, selected studies of what Sober observed while passing through space, mostly on foot. The scenes are both familiar and surprising, traveling from the East Coast to South Dakota, depicting details that most pass by without notice. 
"There are houses and landscapes prohibited to us, places that can never fully be entered, though one never stops wondering who or what is inside.” – Richard Sober

Conversations at Hand: Tom Joyce, Arden Reed, and Stuart Ashman

Wednesday, August 16 // CCA Tank Garage Galleries // 6-7:30pm // $5 Gallery Admission

Tom Joyce will give a presentation of his works and have a conversation on themes in the exhibition with Stuart Ashman, CCA Executive Director,  and Arden Reed, art scholar, professor of English at Pomona College, and author of SLOW ART, released this year by University of California Press.

Image: Forged sculpture in process, photo © 2016 Anne-Marie Bouttiaux



Screening and Q&A for 66 Mile Radius: Three NM Artists at Tamarind Institute

Thursday, August 10 // CCA Cinematheque // 6-7:30pm // Free

This 45 minute documentary gives a unique glimpse into the stories of New Mexico artists Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Nina Elder, and Tom Miller. Each segment captures their work with Tamarind printers in the workshop, exploring the possibilities of collaborative printmaking, and follows them to their studios or into the landscape, where they each work and derive inspiration. 66 Mile Radius was filmed and directed by Melinda Frame, assisted by Noor-un-Nisa Touchon, UNM Cinematic Arts and produced by Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts, The University of New Mexico. 

Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration

Wednesday, August 2 // CCA Cinematheque and Tank Garage Galleries // 5-7pm // Free

This free event celebrates Santa Fe’s unrivaled love of great food, local agriculture, and world-class cinema. The food trucks will offer Santa Fe Farmers' Market specials, featuring local ingredients. The featured speaker, Don Bustos, and food demo chef, Chef Michelle Chavez, will both be addressing the importance of heirloom and land race varieties as we work to maintain a vast diversity of food. There will also be a walkthrough with the artist of Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand, the current exhibition in the Tank Garage Galleries.

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Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand Exhibition Walkthrough

Saturday, July 29 // CCA Tank Garage Galleries // 2-3pm // Free

Please join us for a walkthrough of the Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand exhibition with the artist and Stuart Ashman, CCA's Executive Director. Tom Joyce will discuss the work in the exhibition and provide insight on his process and art making career. 

Image: Penumbra XXVI in process, photo © 2016 Anne-Marie Bouttiaux


Opening Reception: Tom Joyce Everything at Hand

Friday, July 28 // CCA Tank Garage Galleries // 6-8pm // Free

Please join the Center for Contemporary Arts for a public reception for the opening of Tom Joyce: Everything at Hand, on view from July 28 - December 31, 2017.

Image: Well IX, dye sublimation photograph on aluminum © 2017 Tom Joyce Studio


Performance: New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble

Friday, July 7 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6-8pm // $15-$25 sliding scale

The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble Collective is pleased to present a program of music and performance art coinciding with the Cryin’ Out Loud exhibition on women and femmes artists and activism. The program will include music by Pauline Oliveros, text by Alejandra Pizarnik, performance art by Alison Knowles, and more. The works presented seek to explore artistic engagement in political revolutions over the past century via text and sound. Please join us July 7th, 2017 at 6pm for a pre-concert presentation and at 7pm for the concert. NMCE is delighted to be joined by Marisa Demarco, an Albuquerque-based journalist, performer, and event curator, for a pre-concert talk about DIY feminist music festivals. The New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, founded in Spring of 2016, presents summer programming throughout New Mexico that focuses on new works by composers throughout the Americas.

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Performance: Taos Opera Institute’s Cantos de Taos Quartet

Thursday, June 22 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 5:30-7pm // Free

The Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe is pleased to present a free classical concert featuring the Taos Opera Institute’s Cantos de Taos Quartet in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. A reception will follow, providing the audience the opportunity to meet the four talented singers and the Taos Opera Institute’s co-founders, Mary Jane Johnson and Linda Poetschke. The performance features four outstanding artists and is part of a month-long opera festival in northern New Mexico.

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Women's Documentary Shorts Series: Portraits from the Shorelines of Peru

Saturday, June 17 // The Living Room Gallery // 6-7:30pm // Free

The Peruvian coast is abundant, yet the division of gender roles assigns the men to labor at sea while the women fill the void on land. In this collection of 4 short documentaries, we witness the resolve of women who transform fears into strengths and redefine their worth. Their stories are brought to you by DOCUPERU, a non-profit organization that enlists the power of audio visual communication in the fight for the underprivileged to be seen and heard. All of the content was produced during the Caravan, an annual project based on self-representation, which maps out a route to bring free workshops in video production, photography, drawing, and mural painting to the people.

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Performance: Marshmallow Sea by szalt dance co.

Saturday, June 10 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6-7:30pm // $15-$25 sliding scale tickets

Please join the CCA for a riveting evening of movement and performance with szalt dance co. within the Cryin' Out Loud exhibition in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. Marshmallow Sea (szalt) is a 40 minute sequel to Zaletel's 2016 evening length, Water Stories, which premiered as part of a 5 month collaborative creative residency at MorYork Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Marshmallow Sea begins how Water Stories ends. It dives beyond linear narrative and submits to dream logic, physical and psychological "exits", and the natural conservation of sensational memory. Jonathan Snipes (of clipping.) will perform a live sound score utilizing MaxMSP, field recordings, and a modular synth to offer a sensitive, deliberate, and familiar sonic atmosphere. Marshmallow Sea will also feature original costumes by Amabelle Aguiluz and set design by prolific recycling artist, Clare Graham. This dance is for 6 women to perform and to witness. It is meditative and is rooted in the process and effort of exposing unconscious patterns.

PLEASE NOTE: The galleries will be closed during usual business hours on Saturday, June 10. We will open at 5:30pm for the Marshmallow Sea performance.

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Movement and Meditation Workshop with szalt dance co.

Thursday, June 8 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6-8pm // $15-$25 sliding scale 

Get your mind and body moving for a two hour B & B workshop with szalt dance company. B & B is a movement-meditation practice led by Stephanie Zaletel and szalt dance company members utilizing guided improvisation and creative tasks to warm the body and stimulate the imagination. This rigorous practice increases stamina, balance, creative thinking, and flexibility. Inspired by the dancers' extensive experiences with Gaga, Yoga, Contemporary, and szalt's repertoire, B & B challenges the mover to work from an intuitive physical state in order to access their physical and mental range. All the while they are inviting a patient and conscious connection between body, blood, brain, breath and the time and space we cohabit.

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Santa Fe Zine Fest

Saturday, May 20 // The Living Room Gallery // 11am-5pm // Free 

On Saturday, May 20th, local writers, artists, and zine publishers will gather in CCA’s Living Room Gallery for the first annual Santa Fe Zine Fest. It's a zinester's dream come true, and it’s also a perfect introduction to the world of small publishing for those tired of the mainstream press. Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to bring their own zines for trade and will have the opportunity to engage with Santa Fe’s zine makers, as well as its emerging arts and DIY communities.

A performance by Cryin' Out Loud artists, Victory Grrrls, will occur concurrently in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery from 1-2pm. 

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Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration

Wednesday, May 17 // 5-7pm // Free

After a successful first year, the Center for Contemporary Arts, the Street Food Institute, and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market Institute are continuing their free event, Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration. These events celebrate Santa Fe’s unrivaled love of great food, local agriculture, and world-class cinema. 

Farms, Films, Food: A Santa Fe Celebration will offer free food samples from a cooking demonstration by local chefs or farmers, free admission to the CCA galleries, presentations from community partners, affordable meals from the Street Food Institute and other food trucks (including specials using locally-sourced produce), and two free screenings designed for food lovers and families. 

This first event will be on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Upcoming dates are Wednesdays, August 2 and September 20.

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Cryin' Out Loud: An Evening of Poetry and Performance

Saturday, May 6 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6-7:30pm // $10-$25 sliding scale tickets 

Join us for an evening of poetry and performance by Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Jessica Helen Lopez, Eva Marisol Crespin, and Brandy Montaño. These four powerful female and gender non-conforming voices speak up loudly to challenge systems of oppression through words of passion, politics, revolution, and love. 

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Art Talk: Micol Hebron on Cryin' Out Loud

Saturday, April 22 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 12:30-2pm // Free

During  an in-depth walk-through of the exhibition, Cryin Out Loud, juror, Micol Hebron will discuss individual works as well as the thematic sub-sections of the exhibition that emerged during the curatorial process. She will discuss the process of jurying a thematic open-call exhibition, including the joys, challenges, and questions that arise along the way. Hebron will also talk about her own curatorial philosophy and the thoughts and strategies that she applied to the curation of Cryin Out Loud. She will talk about the themes and styles of the works in the show and how they are indicative of some of the conversations that artists are fostering with their art and activism in the world today. 

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Opening Reception: LENSCRATCH

Friday, April 21 // Spector Ripps Project Space // 6-8pm // Free

The LENSCRATCH States Project: New Mexico is a group exhibition of seven New Mexico-based photographers. The LENSCRATCH project was originally a web-based project founded by Aline Smithson that highlighted seven artists from each U.S. State every week. Jennifer Schlesinger was selected to curate the New Mexico portion, which is now culminating in the form of a physical exhibition at the Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe.


Movement of Movement Building: Flow & Seeds

Saturday, March 11 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 4 - 6p // Free

 Join CCA as Dancing Earth's Rulan Tangen will host Movement for Movement Building Workshop 3: Flow & Seeds. Engage with theater and dance practicioners who will co-lead creative exercises through the interdisciplinary practices of thirteen prompts will respond to the current political climate. Movement for Movement Building hopes to ignite imagination, innovation, experimentation, fun, and to connect intersecting circles to revitalize community through creativity as a foundaation of resistance. 

The workshop will be begin with a contemplative expericence in Jill O'Bryan's Mapping Resonance and movement exercises in the Living Room Gallery. 


Uroboros in Response: Mapping Resonance

Saturday, March 4 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6:30 - 7:30p // $15 suggested, sliding scale admission at the door. Children 12 and under free.

CCA is pleased to welcome local dance collective Uroboros for a performance in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery on Saturday, March 4 at 6:30p. Uroboros have created a site-specific improvisational score drawing inspiration and breath from Jill O'Bryan's Mapping Resonance. The collective have built a physical vocabulary reflecting upon O'Bryan's use of her own body, meditation practice, and the New Mexico landscape that served as the inspiration for Mapping Resonance. 

Uroboros (ur-OH-bo-ros) is a new, collaborative, and experimental dance collective in Santa Fe. Their work is thoughfully created, mixing sensibilities with the space and time they perform in. The collective's name comes from an ancient alchemical symbol depecting a serpent eating its own tail. It symbolizes introspection, transformation and a continuous cycle of creativity.


Opening Reception: Micaela Gardner Tomorrow's Yesterday Home

Opening Reception // Friday, February 17 // Cinematheque Lobby Gallery // 5 - 7p // Free

 Tomorrow's Yesterday Home is an exhibition of ten never before seen painting by Santa Fe-based artist Micaela Garder. Painted on large Alder panels, the works are cohesive and consistent. Gardner lets her painting unfold as she creates them, preferring to be led by intuition and exploration. Her recent exploration has led her to find a fictional future world. 

Ancient dwelling sites and ruins have captivated Gardner; she identifies with the spirit of these abandoned ancestral sites and uses her painting process to re-imagine a future of re-habitation. The loose narrative in ten oil painted panels is one of environmental apocalypse, survival, and humanity. The imagery in this series of painting is obscured ly large sweeping brush strokes and fields of color, revealing just enough information to hint at a storyline. 

“There is an inscription on my soul that knows the spirit in these places, an earth-connected human tone that revokes capitalism. With these paintings, I imagine a fantastic re-occupation of places like Bandelier, during and after an environmental apocalypse. I see obscure, contained biospheres, and living technologies as they intonate with old ways. I feel the ancestors in our bodies meeting the future with a new kind of survival.”  – Micaela Gardner

Tomorrow's Yesterday Home is on view until June 4, 2017. 

Close-Looking with Elaine Ritchel

Close-Looking of Interface // Saturday, February 25 // spector ripps project space // 11a - Noon // $12 

Join museum educator Elaine Ritchel for a close look at Madelin Coit's Interface on Saturday, March 25th. Through guided looking activites and relaxed conversation, we will explore our responses to the work on view. Close-Looking is an opportunity to slow down, be present with the work, and consider the meaning it holds for us and for the artist. 



Past: Close-Looking of Mapping Resonance // Saturday, February 11 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 11a - Noon // $12 for single session, $20 for both.

Interface in Action: Madelin Coit in the Gallery


Fridays, through March 10th // spector ripps project space // 2-5p // FREE

Artist Madelin Coit transforms the spector ripps project space into her working studio on Fridays throughout the duration of her installation Interface. Observe the artist in process as she adds and subtracts to the work, altering space -- creative a living installation of continual growth and change. 

Mindful Breathing and Meditation with Chelsea Call

Saturday, February 4 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 11am - Noon // $15 Advance, $20 at the door

CCA will host a 45-minute meditation and breath workshop amongst Jill O'Bryan's installation Mapping Resonance with instructor Chelsea Call. Together in this contemplative space we will explore different pranayama practices, such as the Tonglen breathing technique, which O'Bryan refers to when creating her breath drawings. Mindful breath workhas many benefits such as increased oxygen levels in the body, increased energy, and greater emotional well-being. Leading this workshop is Chelsea Call, an experienced meditator and yoga teacher at Santa Fe Thrive.


Artist Talks with Jill O'Bryan & Madelin Coit


Saturday, January 14 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 12:30pm // Free 

CCA welcomes artists Jill O'Bryan and Madelin Coit to discuss their current exhibitions, process and careers in artmaking. The artists will go into depth on the use of materials and the body as they were used to produce their individual installations. Artist talks will begin at 12:30pm with Madelin Coit on Interface and Jill O'Bryan on Mapping Resonance at 2pm. 

Opening Reception: Madelin Coit Interface

Friday, January 13 // spector ripps project space // 6 - 8p // Free

For Interface, Madelin Coit creates an ever-changing installation using old copies of THE Magaine, the publication for arts and culture in Santa Fe, which holds a strong connection for Coit. Texture and color articulate the playful nature of Coit's imagination that is as endless as her source material. In the center of the spector ripps project space sits a huge cube of past issues of THE Magazines -- the fountainhead and source of many of the evolving sculptures that surround it; as she continues to build, the cube diminishes. In addition, there are new metal mesh work that echoes forms from the newsprint sculptures and two neon pieces designed specifically for this exhibition. 
Coit will be present in her exhibition every Friday afternoon for the duration of the exhibition -- adding, subtracting, and altering the space. The beauty of Interface is not seeing it once, but experiencing that many moments of growth and change, just as witnessing the transition from winter to spring.

Opening Reception: Jill O'Bryan Mapping Resonance


Friday, January 13 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6 - 8p // Free

Mapping Resonance is a survey and installation by internationally renowned, New Mexico and New York-based artist Jill O'Bryan. Several bodies of O'Bryan's work come together in one space for the first time, creating a record of residue, time, and breath. The exhibition  is a celebration of a profound career that spans decades and an on-going contemplative practice. O'Bryan installs a new series of sculptural plaster vessels, residue paintings, breath drawings, and a series of large scale rubbings (frottages) of the New Mexico Mesa, where she resides for half of the year. The story of place, connection, meditation, and history are told throughout this comprehensive exhibition. "This exhibition is about the residue of both nature and civilization and finding one's way through centuries, if not millennia, of dust and rock," O'Bryan states, "The work exists as a record of an action, a testament to what is 'produced' or left behind." Intermingling so many projects dealing with a singular topic brings a conversation about imagined and actual history to Mapping Resonance. 


Strangers Collective: Echo Chamber


Panel Discussion // Wednesday, January 4 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6:30 - 8p // Free

Round Table // Wednesday, January 11 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6:30 -8p // Free

Strangers Collective presents a special event series that is designed to send ripples through Santa Fe's creative landscape. The emerging arts group will convene leaders of a new vanguard to discuss the future of the City Different's contemporary scene. Echo Chamber is a two-night program that coincides with Strangers Collective's Long Echo exhibition in CCA's Cinematheque Lobby Gallery. The public is invited to engage in a social media dialogue, a panel discussion on January 4, and a round table conversation on January 11. Five innovators from the local visual arts, writing and performing arts communities will guide the conversation, challenging the audience to imagine the power and possibility of a tightly interlinked creative community. 

"Long Echo comes at a time when many of us are delving into past experiences," says Strangers co-director Alex Gill. "These conceptual and aesthetic elements are ringing out again in clearer and stronger ways." This urge to examine the past - and spin its lessons into something new - presented an opportunity to discuss the larger evolution of the local arts community. "We want to examine the path of these daring new projects so far, and build links between them as we move forward," says Strangers co-director and cofounder Jordan Eddy. "How can we create a ripple effect that extends far beyond the closing date of a single exhibition?"

Echo Chamber will feature three conversations in different formats. First, each participating panelist will pick a topic regarding Santa Fe's emerging art community. Strangers Collective will reveal the topics one-by-one on the Echo Chamber Facebook event, sparking a series of online discussions. On January 4, the panel will convene to discuss each topic in front of an audience. On January 11, they will invite the public to add their voices to the conversation in a round table discussion. Strangers Collective will announce wach panelist and their chosen topic on the CCA website and Facebook event in the coming weeks. 

Learn more on the Strangers Collective Website.

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Winter Books and Writing Festival

Saturday, December 3 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 3p - 7p // FREE

Join CCA and the Santa Fe Reporter for a day of celebrating literature in Santa Fe! Starting at 3pm, hear six readings of the winning works from SFR's Annual Writing Contest, novelist and guest judge, Anne Valente, will read a selection from Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down, and a presentation of short stories by Nickel Stories. Collected Works, local publisher Stalking Horse Press and acclaimed director Tim Hunter will be selling books throughout the day in the Living Room. Eric Schlosser, author of Command and Control and Fast Food Nation, will be present the screening and Q&A of Command and Control in the Cinematheque. The screening of Command and Control is $8 - $10. Poetry lovers will want to join us for a screening of Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy and a Q&A with director Haydn Reiss, tickets $8 - $10. Choclate Maven will be providing desserts. 

3pm: Readings from the Santa Fe Reporter's writing contest fiction winners in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. 

3:30pm: Screening of the documentarty, Command and Control, in the Cinematheque followed by a conversation with Eric Schlosser and Jay Coghlan. Tickets for Command and Control are $8 - $10. Eric Sschlosser visits Santa Fe as part of Disruptive Futures: Nuclear Weapsons Summit, presented by Creative Santa Fe, Nuclear Threat Initiative and N Square on Sunday, December 4th at the Lensic. 

4pm: Author and SFR Writing Contest guest judge, Anne Valente, will read from her debut novel Our Hearts Will Burn Us Down in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. 

5pm: Readings from the Santa Fe Reporter's writing contest non-fiction winners in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery. 

5:30pm: Short stories will be perfromed by local writing group Nickel Stories. 

7pm: Screening of Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy in the Cinematheque with director Haydn Reiss in person for a Q&A. 

Ongoing, 3-7pm: Buy the perfect gift for someone who has everything: a rare film book or movie memorabilia from the collection of acclaimed director Tim Hunter (RIVER’S EDGE, Deadwood, Breaking Bad, Law & Order, Twin Peaks, Mad Men)
Plus local publisher Stalking Horse Press and Homegrown Authors will be present with their books!


Sunday, December 11 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 5p - 8p // FREE 

Over 300 original artworks priced from one hundred to one thousand dollars by regional contemporary artists will comprise ArtBank's first quarterly offering. ArtBank is a conceptual art piece, an artist's movement, and an art business designed to build a widespread middle-class art market serving all artists and art collectors who value art and are interested in increasing that value. Investors pre-purchase art certificates online redeemable for art. Artist, investor and artwork are permanently recorded in the interactive ArtBank Ledger. ArtBank's historic archive revolutionizes provenance building. 

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Adobe Creative Jam

Wednesday, November 16 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 6p - 9:30p // FREE

The Adobe Creative Jam is an inspiring three-part design and photography experience that demonstrates ande celebrates creativity. And it's going to be right here in Santa Fe on November 16th! 

The event launches with presentations by local professionals followed by a tournament with participants taking the stage to share their creations with you. As part of the audience, you'll vote on each submission and select the People's Chouce winner! There will also be Grand Prize winners. There will also be Grand Prize winners decided by a group of judges! 

This event is sponsored in part by the Design Corps of Santa Fe, ASMP New Mexico, and AIGA New Mexico! 

More information on the event, presenters and participants!



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Saturday, April 30, 2016 // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // 12:30–1:30p

Members of the transdisciplinary American Indian arts collective Postcommodity, will speak briefly about their work and perform a structured nine-song-cycle from their recent LP "We Lost Half The Forest, And The Rest Will Burn This Summer". Working as an improvised music and noise ensemble, with custom acoustic instruments as well as modified analog oscillators, deer antlers, sine tone generators, and hunting calls.

Flower to Seed: Paper Making Workshop

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Saturday, April 2 // 1-4p // Living Room // $20 // Limited 20 spaces

NMATA presents a paper-making workshop in the continuation of the AHA Festival Wishing Wall where hundreds of paper origami flower wishes were collected from the community where collected. At this workshop participants are invited to write a paper wish of their own to contribute to the project. All the wishes (new and old) will be combined, shredded, pulped and mixed with seed to create small paper cut-out shapes which can then be planted. Facilitated by: Autumn Kern, ATR-BC, LPAT, LPCC

The ART of Yoga

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Saturday, March 12 // 2-3:30p // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // $15 // This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // Limited 30 spaces

CCA partners with yoga instructor Chelsea Call of Santa Fe Thrive. Using yoga and guided meditation, Call will help facilitate an exploration into the mind, body, and spirit connection. In this session Chelsea focuses on opening our authentic inner-artist, specifically working with the second chakra, the space of our inherent creativity.

Shock and Awe Book Tour

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Saturday, December 19 // 3:30-5p  // Living Room // Free with Admission

Performance by Ethan Rafal - San Francisco Artist and Book Maker. A twelve-year, autobiographical project examining the relationship between protracted war and homeland decay, Shock and Awe is a meticulously crafted image, text, and found object journal that blurs the line between author and subject, and personal and authoritative histories. The project pulls from the traditions of documentary photography and writing set on the American road. More info about the project. 

Holiday Makers Market

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Sunday, December 13 // 1-5p  // Muñoz Waxman Gallery 

 SF Reporter presents the first Holiday Makers Market. Forty local vendors, handmade gifts, food, drink and holiday fun! Come and find unique and lovely things for those special people on your list this year. Enjoy complimentary hot cider, cookies, music, and holiday movies while you shop locally! Enjoy samples and tastes from La Loncherita Salvadoreña, Cheesemongers of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Spirits, New Mexico Hard Cider, Ma Chérie, & American Pie Bakery.

In Conversation: Allison Smith and Jane Kimball

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Saturday, December 5 // 4-6p  // The Living Room // $7 Donation

Oakland-based artist Allison Smith and Trench Art Collector/Historian Jane Kimball come together to discuss their work and their future collaboration on the exhibition Allison Smith: Source Materiel. The exhibition opens on February 19, 2016 in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at CCA and runs through April 17, 2016. Allison Smith presents on past projects, her interest in Trench Art, and Kimball's Collection.

Terrestrial/Celestial Navigations


Friday, November 20 // 1-3p  // Muñoz Waxman Gallery & Santa Fe // $20 per person

The mixed media, place-based work of artist Bill Gilbert challenges grid based mindsets of how and where we walk. Gilbert invites the public to walk through Santa Fe using the constellation Cygnus (bird of migration) as a map.

THE DARK DESERT An Evening Of Short Stories


Saturday, October 31 // 5-7:30p  // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // $7 entry, $5 with a Costume!

Get in the mood for trick-or-treating or a haunting night on the town with chilling Descanso tales, legends, dark accounts from the desert, and more. Share your five minute scary stories or sit back with some halloween inspired snacks and listen in. CCA and Nickel Stories present this family-friendly event in conjunction with The Land Mark Show. Proceeds go to CCA and Op-Cit Books.



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Friday, October 9 // 4-6p  // CCA Muñoz Waxman Patio // Member only event*

Join CCA and spector ripps project space fellowship award winner, Catherine Harris for a meal with bees. Harris places a beehive from Zia Queen Bee on the CCA campus as part of her exhibition Trans-Species Repast and invites both bees and reception guests to partake in a communal meal before the onset of hibernation season. This special meal includes the fruit of bees’ labors in the Santa Fe region, such as prickly pear syrup and other local foraged offerings. Wine and other light refreshments served during this VIP member only event.

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Saturday, December 19 // 2-5p  // spector ripps project space // Free with Admission

Harris’ third and final Trans-Species Repast Family Dinner is in celebration of winter solstice, young children, and animals. This family-friendly event invites people of all ages to re-think their relationship to food and animals. Species of animal guest: pygmy goats.



Saturday, November 21 // 2-5p  // spector ripps project space // FREE with Admission

Come enjoy a meal WITH turkeys. The iconic bird who often graces the table in another form will be a guest at our table. Four turkeys from Sunflower River Farm will join us the day after their fellow brood members were processed for Thanksgiving tables. The Saturday afternoon repast includes food we all can share - fruit, greens, and bread. The event will be indoors.




Saturday, October 10 // 12:30-2:30p  // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // FREE with admission

13 of the 29 artists in The Land Mark Show conduct a tour of the gallery and speak about their work. Meet the artists and get a closer look into the themes of The Land Mark Show.



Saturday, October 10 // 11-12p  // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // FREE with admission

Enjoy a coffee in the gallery as Juror Grace Kook-Anderson speaks about overarching concepts in The Land Mark Show and the process of illustrating those themes with her selections.


Friday, October 9 // 6-8p  // Muñoz Waxman Gallery & spector ripps project space // FREE

The Juried exhibition received nearly 200 submissions artists based in the Western United states, 29 of whom were chosen to participate. The exhibition spans the mediums of painting, photography, sculpture, installation, and video all of which address issues surrounding land use, utopian visions and climate change.

Dancing with the Curve

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Saturday, September 12 // 1-3p // CCA Muñoz Waxman Gallery // FREE

Please join us to view a dance study of visual and aural art. Dancers respond to both the current photography exhibit: The Curve as well as the Sound installation: A Room Listening to Itself. Visual and conceptual research become physical movement extending into space and real time.

Featured Dancers: Sarah Ashkin, Micaela Gardner, Echo Gustafson & Adam Mckinney

Evolving Intentions in Public Art - Book Signing & Celebration


Sunday, July 26 // 6-8p // Outdoors at CCA // FREE

Join us outdoors at CCA for a book signing and celebration of the release of the Axle Contemporary Press publication, Evolving Intentions in Public Art.  In September 2014, as part of Axle's ECONOMOLOGIES, we presented a day-long symposium about new directions in the realm of public arts.  This volume is a transcription of that event, with contributions by local leaders in this field:  Bobbe Besold, Paula Castillo, Matthew Chase-Daniel, Aly Kreikemeier, Michelle Laflamme-Childs, Christy Hengst, Vince Kadlubek, Dominique Mazeaud, Issa Nyaphaga' Sanjit Sethi, Alysha Shaw, Molly Sturges, Edie Tsong, and Jerry Wellman.

The celebration will include refreshments and West African music by Soriba Fofana.  Come join the author/presenters, pick up a book ($15), and talk with each other about this engaging and exciting topic.

How to Be a Successful Woman Artist

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Wednesday, August 5 // 7-9p // Muñoz Waxman Gallery // $20

An interactive evening that will examine the challenges and opportunities that face women who are dedicated to artistic pursuits and explore pathways to successful careers. small group discussions will be facilitated by successful and established artists, curators, gallerists, museum directors, art critics, philanthropists and collectors. An incredible networking opportunity that is not to be missed.

Co-sponsored by WISC, Women's International Study Center. 

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Place of Refuge - Panel Discussion

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Join CCA and SFAI in a discussion about the global issue of Immigration/Emigration. With Santa Fe acting as a de facto Sanctuary City, questions around immigration, migration, and cultural authenticity, purity, and diversity are particularly relevant to our community. Who immigrates/emigrates and why? How do the journeys of migrants contribute to who we are as a collective community? How do we define sanctuary in the current socio-political context? Who is impacted by Santa Fe’s role as a sanctuary? Join us for a panel discussion that aims to unpack the complexities of immigration as relevant to our city and beyond. Dr. Rebecca Schieber (American Studies, UNM), Carlos Juan Deosos (Santa Fe Mountain Center), Silvia Arthur (UK-based journalist), Heidi McKinnon (Director of Curators Without Borders), and Marcela Diaz (Somos un Pueblo Unido).

Float: Paper and Marbling Workshop with Derek Chan


Sunday, June 28 // 2-5p  // CCA Workshop SOLD OUT

In conjunction with his exhibit Mending the World Through a Dream, Derek Chan hosts an instructional workshop that explores traditional and experimental dye-marbling techniques. In addition to the workshop, students do walk-through of Chan's exhibition and discuss the use of marbling in his creative practice. Students will leave the workshop with knowledge of various marbling techniques, their own marbling projects created during the workshop, and an in-depth understanding of Derek’s work, Mending the World Through a Dream. Please bring an apron or smock to protect your clothing. Materials included.

Social Media in the Arts – Panel Discussion

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Can social media function as an artistic medium? Last year artist Richard Prince presented a new body of work at Gagosian gallery in New York sourced entirely from Instagram. With prints selling for $90,000, the argument for and against appropriation has once again surfaced. The controversy surrounding appropriation is peppered with questions regarding the ethics and uses of social media in an art context. Join Kate Ware (Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art), Jessamyn Lovell (New Media Artist), Talia Kosh (New Mexico Lawyers for the Arts) and Luke Fitch (Filmmaker, Altitude FX) for a panel discussion about how social media is blurring the lines of authorship in contemporary art. 

Midsummer Muse - Life Drawing at CCA

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Figure drawing returns to CCA! During this unique session, the female/male dynamic will be explored through TWO live models. Bring your easels and drawing materials for a night of inspiration. Enjoy the current exhibitions and light refreshments during the break. Tickets at

Listening to Adam Basanta

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Saturday, June 13 // 11a  // spector ripps project space // FREE

Join Montreal-based sound artist Adam Basanta in a walk-through tour of his brand new exhibition A Room Listening to Itself.

Mending the World Through a Dream

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Opening Reception for Derek Chan's exhibition Mending the World Through a Dream

Derek Chan presents an installation of painting and video in the CCA Cinematheque gallery. Referencing mythological explanations of natural phenomenon, Chan focuses on the relationships of dreams, celestial cycles, and the movement of tectonic plates in his paintings. As an accompaniment to the 2-D works, his video piece offers a narrative understanding to the installation and a ‘warning’ for viewers to take away.

The Artoonist

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A talk, screening, and book signing.

Issa Nyaphaga presents his work as a cartoonist, artist and political activist - including his current project in Cameroon. Come check out Je Suis Artoonist one last time, pick up a signed copy of Issa Nyaphaga's brand new book of cartoons, Art Stronger than Hate, and join us for a special screening of Radio Taboo! Light refreshments served. Make sure to bring cash or a check to purchase your copy of Art Stronger than Hate.

Making Dance for Playing House

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CCA and New Mexico School of the Arts’ Dance Department invite the public to witness the product of a day-long workshop. Participants will respond to CCA’s current exhibition through research, interpretation, and movement, culminating in same-day site-responsive performances from 3-4pm. This program is sponsored in part by Thornburg Investment Management.

16mm loop-making workshop with Basement Films

Film loop workshopSaturday, May 2 // 1 – 5pm // CCA Workshop // $10

Learn about the history of film loops and how to make your own. Scratch, splice and orient new film loops and project them throughout the class. Bring an apron to protect your clothing. Some chemicals will be utilized. Space is limited. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Harness the Night Sky

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Back by popular demand! Join CCA for a coveted sunset in Tent Rocks and an unobstructed view of the night sky from Veteran's Memorial Outlook. Bring your chairs or blankets and settle in for a lecture by space scientist Simone Seagle from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on the mythology and practical uses of constellations. Space is limited. 

Gallery Nights – Sibling Eve!

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In celebration of National Sibling day, CCA hosts a sibling-inspired evening of musical entertainment. Musical performances by The Room Outside and other family bands. Get two admissions for the price of one if you bring a sibling!

Santa Fe Families – a public discussion

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What does family look like in Santa Fe? What issues are particular to families in our city? Join Wendy Johnson MD (Medical Director at La Familia Medical Center), Allegra Love (Immigration Attorney), and Kira Jones (Education Program Manager, SFAI) for a public discussion on issues that affect you and your family.

Film-strip Teaser - A lo-key, lo-fi, lo-tech psuedo-intellectual Basement Films event

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Since 1991, Basement Films has been collecting found filmstrips and making new work with them. 35mm filmstrips were popular in the 1940s and ‘50s; they link together a short series of still images, with a running time of 10 to 20 seconds. Jenette Isaacson and Friends of Basement Films interpret filmstrips from their archives through an afternoon of improvisational performance.

“Sew Dreamy” workshop series

sewdreamyWednesdays, March 4, 11, 18, and 25 // 6:30 – 8pm // CCA Workshop // $65 for four classes

Can’t part with that sentimental summer camp t-shirt from 15 years ago? Now you don’t have to! Megan Burns teaches a sewing workshop using old clothing as material for pillows and blankets. Become more confident on the sewing machine or learn to hand-stitch new projects. Please bring a selection of clothes or fabrics to work with and a sewing machine if you own one. All levels welcome. Space is limited. Pay and register for the course here.

Je Suis Artoonist

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Friday, February 27 // 5 – 7pm // Cinematheque Lobby // FREE
In response to the murders at the Charlie Hebdo Newspaper in Paris, Issa Nyaphaga presents his political cartoons with an emphasis on free speech and artistic expression. Originally from Cameroon, Nyaphaga was persecuted for his opposition to the political regime and was forced to seek asylum in France. In Paris he continued his work as a political cartoonist for the Charlie Hebdo newspaper.