Year of the Snake

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Untitled (Fêtes) Aquatint Etching With Embossing 12.5 X 9.25 In © Courtesy of the artist and Eight Modern
La Mujer (Juchitan, Oaxaca, Mexico), 1987 Gelatin Silver Print 9.75 X 12 In © Courtesy of the artist and Eight Modern
Year of the Snake

231 Delgado Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501
February 10th, 2013 - April 6th, 2013

505 995 0231
Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m
works on paper, photography, mixed-media


Eight Modern is pleased to announce the exhibition Year of the Snake.

In honor of the Chinese New Year, Year of the Snake celebrates the snake, whether literally, linearly, or through associations.

The Chinese New Year, which fell on February 10 this year, is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. The snake is the sixth of the twelve animals that make up the Chinese zodiac.

Within the Chinese zodiac, the time in the cycle in which a person is born is seen as influencing their personality and events in their life. A person born in the year of the snake is said to be intelligent, rational, ambitious and good with money, but also jealous and materialistic.

This exhibition, however, takes as its focus not the zodiacal, but the visual qualities of the snake. The creature’s undulating body is evoked through meandering serpentine lines, the texture of reptilian flesh, the habitats in which it lurks, and its phallic associations.

Fourteen artists are featured in this exhibition, including Alexander Calder, Ming Fay, Tony Fitzpatrick, Flor Garduño, Fay Ku, Katherine Lee, David X Levine, Robert Mangold, Siobhan McBride, René Peña, Clayton Porter, Erika Wanenmacher and Todd Ryan White.