March 6, 2010
We had free time this morning, which people used to continue exploring museums and to shop (this group knows how to shop! ... and each Santa Fe store is better than the one before).
This afternoon we went to the Santa Fe Art Institute, where we met photographer Gay Block, artist Gloria Abella, and anthropologist Doris Francis. They gave presentations of their work, which were provocative and moving.
To continue the embarrassment of riches, this evening we attended the big event in town: The Georgia O'Keefe museum was honoring Annie Liebovitz as their 2010 Woman of Distinction. Over projections of stunning landscapes and her inimitable portraits, Liebovitz shared funny, poignant stories of her career and her life before receiving her award.
At 9 pm, we moved on to the superb Geronimo Restaurant for a final dinner together. The warmth and kinship in the room were palpable, new-found friends were chatting and laughing together, and I was struck again by what an extraordinary trip this has been on so many levels. Sunday morning's session on Crypto-Jews is much-anticipated, but the good-byes that follow it will surely be bittersweet.
About the Jewish Women's Archive trip to Santa Fe
For 100 years, artists have flocked to Santa Fe, attracted by its arid beauty and the chance to re-create themselves.
The work of those artists who are Jewish incorporates an understanding of their heritage and of themselves as modern Jews – some embrace and redefine it, while others rebel against or reject it – and with resonances that may illuminate a deeper struggle with the past than is obvious on first glance.
On this trip, the Jewish Women's Archive will explore the rich mix that uniquely defines Santa Fe and provide participants with an inside view of this fascinating community.Read original trip prospectus >>