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The Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New

Feb 14, 2016 - Dec 30, 2016
The Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This year is the centennial of the birth of seminal Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New, and three Santa Fe arts institutions are celebrating this anniversary in style. Locally, New, a Cherokee, is known as the Institute of American Indian Art’s (IAIA) first artistic director, yet nationally, Native people refer to him as the "Godfather of Native Fashion."

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s career retrospective A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New (February 14 through December 30, 2016). A New Century is a mesmerizing look into New’s storied life from his humble beginnings on the family farm in Oklahoma to the burgeoning days at IAIA. In between he strides the decks of the USS Sanborn during World War II and the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening successive and successful boutiques and craft centers in the gleaming post-war enclave of Scottsdale, Arizona. New was a pioneer in the worlds of fashion, entrepreneurship, and Native art instruction. His vision of cultural studies and creative arts education continues to influence and inspire. Through personal recollections, photos, archival documents, and objects pour la couture, New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New reviews the life of this American Indian visionary.

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the New Mexico Museum of Art will each present an exhibition in 2016 focusing on key aspects of Lloyd Kiva New’s (b. 1916 - d. 2002) significant contributions to contemporary Native culture. Additionally, the three institutions are planning a symposium, multiple lectures, panel discussions, a fashion show, Gala, and, as pure celebration, a 100th birthday party.


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Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities

May 22, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities
New Mexico History Museum

In 1492, Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issued a royal edict ordering all Jews to either leave the country or convert to Catholicism. The Spanish Inquisition (and later, the Portugese and Mexican Inquisitions) stood ready to persecute anyone who failed to abide. Violators would endure prisons, torture and death.

Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities, opening May 22, 2016, leaps into the ensuing diaspora, a journey that stretches back to biblical times. For the first time, a major institution tells the comprehensive story of how Spain’s Jewry found a tenuous foothold in North America. Despite continued persecution, its people persisted—sometimes as upright Catholic conversos, sometimes as self-identifying “crypto-Jews.”


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The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top

Apr 3, 2016 - Dec 31, 2016
The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Built over the course of forty years by W.J. “Windy” Morris (1904–1978) of Amarillo, Texas, the Morris Miniature Circus is a 3/8”-scale circus model that was acquired by the museum in 1984 and exhibited in 1986. In 2016, the museum will restore and install the Circus once again.


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Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico

May 1, 2016 - Mar 5, 2017
Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico
New Mexico History Museum

¡Orale! Take a ride into the creative reimaginings of American steel as captured in photographs, hubcaps, hood ornaments, car show banners and, yes, actual cars. Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico, opening May 1 (through March 5, 2017) at the New Mexico History Museum focuses on mobile works of art and their makers—home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these favorite symbols of Hispanic culture.

Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek has pulled together an extensive collection of images by Don Usner, Annie Sahlin, Jack Parsons, Sam Adams, Norman Mauskopf, Dottie Lopez, Gabriela Campos, Meridel Rubinstein and others. In addition, the exhibit features a chromed and touchable engine, miniature-scale model-car collections, trophies, memorabilia and other ephemera. The museum lobby will host a rotating selection of cherry examples. The thrill ride doesn’t stop there.


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Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia

Feb 28, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017
Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
in the Cotsen Gallery, Neutrogena Wing

 What more can we ask than for blessings and good fortune? Whether perceived as miraculous boons or a response to ceremonious prayer, blessings and good fortune come in many forms and bring joy, comfort, and balance to our lives. God, deities, nature spirits, and other unseen forces exist in human belief, which can bring both great harm and great fortune to people on earth.


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ALCOVES 16/17

Mar 4, 2016 - Mar 26, 2017
ALCOVES 16/17
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Alcoves 16/17 opens March 4, 2016 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. This will be the first in a series of seven alcove exhibitions that concludes on March 26, 2017. Each of the seven rotations will highlight five artists at various career stages and working in New Mexico today.

In this first of seven exhibitions, artists working in all media will be featured; Scott Anderson, Gloria Graham, Scott Greene, Herbert Lotz, and Bonnie Lynch.

 


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Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time

Oct 25, 2015 - May 7, 2017
Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

For the first time in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time, large prints of Heisey’s stunning images will be paired directly with the Lindberghs’. The exhibition opens October 25, 2015 and runs through May 7, 2017 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his new bride Anne photographed in 1929.


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Agnes Martin and Me

Aug 5, 2016 - Aug 5, 2017
Agnes Martin and Me
New Mexico History Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Shrouded in myth, the artist Agnes Martin (1912-2004), an iconic figure in 20th-century art, was emotionally and artistically tortured, exquisitely sensitive yet socially inept. Canadian born, she started to make a name for herself in the New York art scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but in 1967, abandoned her career for a reclusive life in the New Mexico desert. She did not return to her work for nearly a decade.

Several years after she began creating art again, photographer Donald Woodman met her and remained a fixture in her life from 1977 through 1984. In Agnes Martin and Me, an exhibit opening August 5 at the New Mexico History Museum (precise closing date to be determined), Woodman shares his photographs of their time together. The exhibit accompanies his new book, Agnes Martin and Me (Lyon Art Books; May 2016), which reveals the raw, unveiled person he knew in the seven rollercoaster years of their constant contact.


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FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico

Nov 22, 2015 - Sep 10, 2017
FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing

Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense In-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music.

The Museum of International Folk Art presents Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opened November 22, 2015 and runs through September 10, 2017.  More than 150 objects are featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnación López y Júlvez “La Argentinita”, José Greco, and Vicente Romero and María Benítez (both from New Mexico). In addition to other stunning loans from private collectors will be those from the museum’s expansive permanent collection.


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Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar

Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 14, 2017
Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar
New Mexico History Museum

From the 1880s into the early 20th century, cigar manufacturers provided an avenue for the lithographic arts to flourish. Layering up to 10 colors in a stone-lithography process and even adding gold embellishments and stamped embossings, the images sold cigars through romantic landscapes, Western adventures, and hot-blooded señoritas. In Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar, opening Oct. 7, 2016 (precise closing date to be determined), Palace Press Curator Thomas Leech shares primo examples to showcase the rich breadth of artwork created during the golden age of cigar box labels.


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Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art

Jul 17, 2016 - Oct 22, 2017
Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sponge Bob Square Pants, Pac Man, and Curious George, all sporting a particularly Native American twist, are just a few images from popular mainstream culture seen in the exhibition, Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art.

The free to the public opening for Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is on July 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm and the show runs through October 22, 2017.

Featuring nearly 100 objects by more than fifty artists from the museum’s collections as well as others borrowed from collectors and artists, the work on view in Into the Future will be in such various media as traditional clothing and jewelry, pottery and weaving, photography and video, through to comics, and on into cyberspace.

 


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In Search of Dominguez and Escalante

Dec 18, 2016 - Dec 18, 2017
In Search of Dominguez and Escalante
New Mexico History Museum

On July 29, 1776, two Franciscan priests, Silvestre de Escalante and Francisco Dominguez, left the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe on an epic quest across the Southwest. Along with cartographer and renaissance man Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, they aimed to carve a path to Monterey, California, while converting Native peoples along the way. Driven home early by a harsh winter, they nonetheless achieved lasting fame as the first Europeans to explore a vast new territory with potential for settlement—28 years before the Lewis and Clark Expedition.

More than 200 years later, Santa Fe photographers Greg MacGregor and Siegfried Halus retraced the expedition, documenting the places and people they encountered in hauntingly elegant black-and-white photographs. In Search of Dominguez and Escalante, opening on December 16, 2016 (through December 2017; date TBD), shares a selection of their images, along with maps and artifacts, to tell a story rooted in its exhibition space, the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors.


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Frank Buffalo Hyde: I-Witness Culture

Feb 3, 2017 - Jan 7, 2018
Frank Buffalo Hyde: I-Witness Culture
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce) believes it is the artist’s responsibility to represent the times in which they live. Transforming street art techniques into fine art practices, his humorous and acerbic narrative artworks do exactly that. In I-Witness Culture, Hyde investigates the space where Native Americans exist today: between the ancient and the new; between the accepted truth and the truth; between the known and the unknown. Hyde, who created fourteen paintings and three sculptures for I-Witness, divides his contemporary narrative into three sections: Paranormal: The Truth is Out There; Selfie Skndns; and In-Appropriate.

 

Pre-millennium, if you asked anyone if Native Americans existed, they would tell you only in the past, in black and white photos. They are almost extinct, they would say, and their lands are gone. If you ever meet one, ask if you can touch their hair, take a picture of them as proof that you actually saw one—like Bigfoot they exist beyond the scope of normal experience.

 

Post-millennium, Native Americans are part of the digital age, the selfie age, where if something hasn’t been posted to social media, it never happened. We are sharing information at a rate that has never been possible before in human history: We no longer just experience reality; we filter reality through our electronic devices. Today’s Native artists use technology as a tool of Indigenous activism, a means to document, and a form of validation.

 

In a nation obsessed with sameness—afraid of difference—popular culture homogenizes indigenous cultures, "honoring" us with fashion lines, misogynistic music videos, or offensive mascots and Halloween costumes. Today, these stereotypes and romantic notions are irrelevant as a new generation of Native American artists uses social media to let the world know who they are. Today, we are the observers, as well as the observed. We are here, we are educated, and we define Indian art.

 

 

 


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Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate: Strategies Folk Artists Use in Today’s Global Market Place

Jul 3, 2016 - Jan 8, 2018
Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate: Strategies Folk Artists Use in Today’s Global Market Place
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
in the Mark Naylor & Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience

The Gallery of Conscience is an experimental gallery in the Museum of International Folk Art where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition in real tme.


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Lloyd’s Treasure Chest

Jan 27, 2017 - Jan 30, 2018
Lloyd’s Treasure Chest
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Reopens

An open- storage gallery in the Neutrogena Wing


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 No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art

Mar 12, 2017 - Sep 16, 2018
No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tramp art is the product of industry, a style of woodworking from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that made use of discarded cigar boxes and fruit crates that were notched and layered to make a variety of domestic objects.


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The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery

Long Term Exhibition
The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making.
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Here, Now and Always

Long Term Exhibition
Here, Now and Always
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest's indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum's collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.
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Segesser Hide Paintings

Long Term Exhibition
Segesser Hide Paintings
New Mexico History Museum

Though the source of the Segesser Hide Paintings is obscure, their significance cannot be clearer: the hides are rare examples of the earliest known depictions of colonial life in the United States. Moreover, the tanned and smoothed hides carry the very faces of men whose descendants live in New Mexico today...
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Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time

Long Term Exhibition
Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time
New Mexico History Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The archaeological and historic roots of America’s oldest capital city

Now 400 years old, Santa Fe was once an infant city on the remote frontier.  Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, on long-term exhibit in the Palace of the Governors, explores the archaeological evidence and historical documentation of the City Different before the Spanish arrived, as well as at the settling of the first colony in San Gabriel del Yungue, the founding of Santa Fe and its first 100 years as New Mexico’s first capital.

Co-curated by Josef Diaz of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors and Stephen Post of the DCA/Office of Archaeological Studies, Santa Fe Found collects more than 160 artifacts from four historic sites, along with maps, documents, household goods, weaponry and religious objects. Together, they tell the story of cultural encounters between early colonists and the Native Americans who had long called this place home.


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Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now

Long Term Exhibition
Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now
New Mexico History Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, the main exhibition of the New Mexico History Museum, sweeps across more than 500 years of stories - from early Native inhabitants to today's residents - told through artifacts, films, photographs, computer interactives, oral histories and more. Together, they breath life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, railroad men, scientists, hippies and artists.

 


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Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción

Long Term Exhibition
Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción
New Mexico History Museum

Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción contains bultos, retablos, and crucifijos dating from the late 1700s to 1900 which illustrate the distinctive tradition of santo making in New Mexico introduced by settlers from Mexico.
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Multiple Visions: A Common Bond

Long Term Exhibition
Multiple Visions: A Common Bond
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Longterm

"I believe we should preserve this evidence of the past, not as a pattern for sentimental imitation, but as nourishment for the creative spirit of the present."

- Alexander Girard


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Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy

Long Term Exhibition
Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy
New Mexico History Museum

Will Rogers noted that Fred Harvey “kept the West in food—and wives.” But the company’s Harvey Girls are by no means its only legacy. From the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway’s 1879 arrival in New Mexico to the 1970 demolition of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, the Fred Harvey name and its company’s influence have been felt across New Mexico, not to mention the American West. The company and its New Mexico establishments served as the stage on which people such as Mary Colter were able to fashion an “authentic” tourist experience, along with Herman Schweizer who helped drive the direction of Native American jewelry and crafts as an industry.

Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, a new section that joins the New Mexico History Museum’s main exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, helps tell those stories. Opening December 7, Setting the Standard uses artifacts from the museum’s collection, images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and loans from other museums and private collectors. Focusing on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment, the tale will leave visitors with an understanding of how the Harvey experience resonates in our Southwest today.


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