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November 15, 2002 - Image 88

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-15

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Memorial. Of course, New Mexico's
is the place to bone up on the cooking
most famous painter of all, modernist
techniques and lore of one of the nation's
Georgia O'Keeffe, is well-represented
truly distinctive, regional cuisines. Under
around town, particularly in her name-
a huge, slanted mirror, local chefs —
sake museum, which opened five years
many of them highly pedigreed — serve
ago near the plaza. The first art museum
up two-hour demonstrations, followed
devoted to a prominent female artist, it
by a meal of the Southwest dishes pre-
houses 140 works in the permanent col-
pared. Main ingredients tend toward
lection and highlights O'Keeffe's philoso- corn, beans and squash, staples of the
phy, exemplified in this quote on a wall:
Indians who lived in New Mexico more
"The meaning of a word to me is not as
than 400 years ago, jazzed up by chile
exact as the meaning of a color ... I am
peppers, cheese, eggs, chickens and other
often amazed at the spoken and written
farm products introduced later by the
word telling me what I have painted."
Spaniards. Chef wannabes often take
Near the exit, another O'Keeffe state-
home the flavors of northern New
ment reads: "Where I was born and
Mexico via the salsas, chiles, cookbooks
where and how I have lived is unimpor-
and other items sold at the school's mar-
tant. It is what I have
done with where I
"We put chile on
have been that should
everything, even ice
be of interest." Or, as
cream. It's like a reli-
a docent is overheard
gion here," notes
telling a group of
Jennifer Marshall,
schoolchildren: "She
during a tour of some
liked to take a walk
of the four museums
every morning. She'd
that make up the
walk in the woods and
Museum of New
one of the things she
Mexico system, whose
liked was bones... and
$10, four-day pass
she liked flowers ...
covering admission to
and she painted them
all four museums has
to be the best bargain
Few travelers leave
in town. Two are on
Santa Fe without stop-
the plaza: the
ping, Often more than
Museum of Fine Arts,
once, under the portal Don Davies shows off some of the
home to 20,000 per-
of the Palace of
manent works; and
Southwest wares at Packards on
Governors, on the
the Palace of the
the Plaza, a onetime trading post.
north end of the four-
Governors, with its
century-old plaza.
extensive Southwest
Wrapped in shawls or aprons, the often
history collection, including the Jewish
camera-shy artisans from nearby Indian
Pioneers exhibit, on display for another
pueblos spread their wares on blankets, a
four years. The others, the Museum of
tempting smorgasbord of turquoise, sil-
International Folk Art and the Museum
ver and ceramics. Chosen through a
of Indian Arts & Culture, are on a
rotating lottery, they offer authentic
museum campus two miles southeast of
hand-crafted jewelry, weavings, drums,
the plaza, on Camino Lejo, just off Old
sand-paintings, carvings and other items
Santa Fe Trail. The hillside location
at sometimes-negotiable prices, a cen-
offers close-up views of the city's shad-
turies-old Santa Fe tradition. For shop-
owy, purple mountains.
ping tips, see the Guide to Buying
Boasting the.world's largest collection
Native American Art at www.newmexi-
of traditional ethnic crafts, the folk art
coindianart.org online.
museum, with items from more than
It's also smart to check out prices and
100 countries, was founded a half-centu-
quality at shops around the plan, which
ry ago by a native Chicagoan, who was
range from Packards, a onetime trading
disturbed by the proliferation of mass
post that grew into what some call
manufacturing. She chose Santa Fe as
"Santa Fe's Tiffany," to the Five and
the museum site because of its "mingling
Dime General Store, a local institution.
of cultures." Part of that culture is high-
For the culinary-inclined, the Santa Fe
School of Cooking, a block off the plaza, SANTA FE on page 24

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