“The Map is Not the Territory” Exhibition

Thirty-nine contemporary artists explore the profound intersections between three cultures with original artwork.

Sept. 16-October 16, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 16, 5:00-6:00
Artist Panel: Friday, Sept. 16, 6:00-7:00
Gallery Hours: Thursdays through Saturdays 1:00-5:00
Fine Arts Gallery, Santa Fe University of Art and Design
1600 St. Michael’s Drive, Santa Fe
Photo: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, House and Home, Archival pigment print
Additional images available upon request.

The Fine Arts Gallery at Santa Fe University of Art and Design is the last stop for a five-year traveling art exhibition, “The Map is Not the Territory,” which looks at relationships and commonalities in Palestinian, Native American, and Irish experiences of invasion, occupation, and colonization – not as novelty or polemic, but as history and current events. To understand history is the first step toward peace.Thirty-nine contemporary artists – most of them Palestinian, Native American, and Irish – explore the profound specific and unusual intersections between the three cultures with original paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, artist books, and films. They consider such topics as conflict, resistance, land, food, diaspora, identity, and persistence.

Participants include emerging, as well as internationally renowned artists, such as Jaune Quick-to-See Smith – member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation of Montana, whose work is featured in prestigious museum collections worldwide – Rita Duffy —one of Ireland’s leading artists, whose work has appeared in, among others, London’s Tate Modern – and Hani Zurob – Paris-based Palestinian painter from Gaza, listed as one of The Huffington Post’s “10 international artists to watch in 2013.”

The exhibition opens on September 16, 5:00-6:00, followed by a panel discussion, 6:00-7:00, organized by Lucy Lippard. Panel guests are artists Neil Ambrose, Iktemal Jaber, and Acushla Bastible.

A handsome, scholarly catalogue (endorsed by Lucy R. Lippard and Steven Salaita) features essays by Aisling B. Cormack, Valerie Behiery, Phoebe Farris, Farah Mébarki, Germán Gil-Curiel, John Halaka, Valentin Lopez, Rawan Arar and Nessa Cronin. Exhibitions of “The Map is Not the Territory”—conceived by Jennifer Heath and co-curated with Dagmar Painter — thus far include Gallery Al Quds, Washington, D.C.; Levantine Cultural Center, Los Angeles; P21 Gallery, London; Multicultural Art Center and Boston Palestinian Film Festival, Boston, Massachusetts; Arab American National Museum, Dearborn, Michigan; and Tamastslikt Cultural Institute, Pendleton, Oregon. Curators: Jennifer Heath is an award-winning author, editor, curator, cultural journalist, and activist; Dagmar Painter is the founder and curator of the Jerusalem Fund Gallery Al-Quds, the cultural program of The Jerusalem Fund for Education and Community Development.

The exhibition presentation, panel and related course are part of SFUAD’s Artists for Positive Social Change™ series. Launched in 2011, Artists for Positive Social Change is a university-wide series of events, courses, lectures and performances exploring a specific theme relevant to society and the work of artists who push the creative boundaries of their profession.

For further information and a complete exhibition checklist, contact Linda Swanson, (505) 473-6526,

The Map is Not the Territory exhibition