This month’s show features Chris Wilson a leading architectural historian and Miguel Gandert one of America’s prominent documentary photographers, whose works have been exhibited widely, including in the Whitney Biennial. These UNM professors joined up on a beautiful and informative “coffee table” book entitled The Plazas of New Mexico. Their book documents the rich heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas, and the everyday life and community celebrations that sustain them. Three distinct design traditions are included—the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks, the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses, and the Anglo square with courthouse and business blocks.
On the show, we will examine well-known examples of each tradition, including the Santa Fe plaza, the plazas of Taos Pueblo, and the Anglo courthouse square located in Portales, NM. So, please join host Stephen Spitz as we take an in depth look at the Plazas of New Mexico.
Produced with the assistance of John Burgund and Joe Green.