Site Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM
SITE Santa Fe is a dynamic platform for the production and presentation of artistic and curatorial innovation. Through excellence in exhibitions and programs, including SITE's signature international exhibition, we seek to actively engage a diverse audience and serve as a nexus for contemporary art discourse.
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. SITE's year-round schedule of exhibitions serves as a platform for experimental curatorial approaches, innovative exhibition design, and projects by emerging and established artists.
SITE Santa Fe was launched in 1995 to organize the only international biennial of contemporary art in the U.S. SITE Santa Fe has since presented eight international biennial exhibitions, each of which has drawn global attention and presented important contemporary art to the Santa Fe community and beyond. Conceived to bring the global contemporary art dialogue to the art-rich Southwest, and as a major event on par with such renowned exhibitions as the Whitney Biennial and the Venice Biennale, it has become an integral event for contemporary art aficionados, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the world. Past biennial curators have either arrived as or have subsequently become superstars in the world of contemporary art, a testament to SITE's foresight and artistic clout. Following their SITE Santa Fe Biennial guest curatorships, Francesco Bonami (1997), Rosa Martínez (1999) and Robert Storr (2004) were chosen to organize the Venice Biennales in 2003, 2005, and 2007, respectively. Dave Hickey received the coveted MacArthur "Genius Award" after organizing SITE's Biennial in 2001. Klaus Ottmann (2006), Lance Fung (2008) and Sarah Lewis and Daniel Belasco (2010) have all garnered significant praise for their respective biennials, and have gone on to exciting posts and projects worldwide.
In 2010, Irene Hofmann was named the Phillips Director. Irene's career includes prolific work as a curator in organizing and touring innovative exhibitions in collaboration with a wide range of partners. Her remarkable achievements as Executive Director of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, MD constitute a body of work that is consistent with SITE Santa Fe's mission and core values. She plans to continue SITE's legacy of presenting first one-person museum exhibitions of numerous emerging and now internationally recognized artists as well as significant group exhibitions, while garnering SITE an expanded profile among its national and international peer institutions as well as in our own community.