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An American Modernism

Oct 2, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016
An American Modernism
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

October 2, 2015 – February 21, 2016

An American Modernism opens Friday, October 2, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm and runs through February 21, 2016. An American Modernism joins the exhibition O’Keeffe in Process, both at the New Mexico Museum of Art, in the “Fall of Modernism” cultural collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Drawn primarily from the museum’s rich collection of Modernist art, An American Modernism explores the quest by early twentieth-century artists to find a distinctive American voice and to define art for the modern age.


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Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War

May 1, 2015 - Feb 26, 2016
Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
New Mexico History Museum

Civil War battles raged across America’s northern and southern states as Texas Confederates launched a plot: Head north and west through the New Mexico Territory with hopes of seizing California’s goldfields and sea ports. In 1862, battles erupted in Mesilla, Valverde, and Glorieta. Confederate forces briefly occupied the Palace of the Governors. Despite such victories, breaks in supply chains forced the Texans to retreat.

While the carnage of Shiloh, Manassas and Gettysburg roiled the nation, New Mexico’s role in the Civil War faded—like the photographs of soldiers and loved ones held for remembrance as a nation faltered and the dead were buried. What was left behind—cased-image portraits of wartime soldiers and their families; a tattered flag; post-war lithographs—failed to definitively answer our nation’s questions, leaving mysteries, unknown faces and untold stories.

In the museum’s intimate Mezzanine Gallery, three curators—Meredith Davidson, Daniel Kosharek and Tom Leech—come together, approaching the subject from different angles and inviting visitors to consider these fragments of memories and how a long-gone war still defines us as Americans.


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New Mexico Museum of Art to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

Feb 5, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The New Mexico Museum of Art has been selected as the host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The New Mexico Museum of Art will be the only New Mexico venue.

 


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First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

Feb 5, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016
First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death.  New Mexico Museum of Art, recently named New Mexico’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour, is pleased to announce that the First Folio will be on view to the public February 5-28, 2016.

 


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The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page

Feb 5, 2016 - Feb 28, 2016
The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page
New Mexico History Museum

The Palace Press presents a special exhibition in collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page offers a multi-part exhibit with a hands-on twist: The printers will make facsimiles of a First Folio page using a replica “Gutenberg” wooden hand press. Visitors will be able to make their own prints for a take-home treat. In addition, members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group have crafted contemporary art books inspired by the works of Shakespeare. And Palace Press Director Thomas Leech and internationally known calligrapher Patricia Musick will collaborate on broadsides from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark


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Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World

Jun 29, 2014 - Mar 13, 2016
Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World
New Mexico History Museum

A 1960s’ ecclesiastical wave of urban renewal inspired mission churches throughout the Americas to undergo renovations and, all too often, cast off centuries-old artwork. Charles W. Collier, a cultural attaché to Bolivia, and his wife, Nina Perera Collier, began purchasing and obtaining pieces that eventually formed the backbone of the International Institute of Iberian Colonial Art, once based at their Los Luceros estate in northern New Mexico. In 2005, with the promised construction of spacious galleries and a state-of-the-art collections vault at the New Mexico History Museum, the Institute donated 70 paintings and three sculptures. When Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World opens on June 29, 35 of these 17th- and 18th-century masterpieces will share one exhibition space for the first time ever.

Painting the Divine includes works from Spain’s three colonial capitals: Peru, Mexico and New Mexico. Together, they reveal how faith sustained Spanish colonists in harsh and remote frontiers and how their religious art evolved in those places.


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Jul 6, 2014 - Apr 4, 2016
Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience
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 space where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition through interactive elements and facilitated dialogues.  The gallery changes in response to community input, and is temporarily closed for interim changes. 


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Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts

Feb 5, 2016 - May 1, 2016
Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts examines the formal means artists employ to impart a sense of drama and setting in their compositions. The exhibition opens with a free public reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 5, 2016 and runs through May 1, 2016.

In the performing arts, "stage, setting and mood" refer to the evocative and emotional experiences that can be created in the physical space of the theater with the use of backdrops, props, lighting, sound, and the work of the performers. In the visual arts, artists employ theatrical pictorial means to appeal to the senses. Colors, bold forms, and compelling subjects can be called on to elicit an emotional connection between viewer and artwork. In this exhibition, artworks that feature high drama, theatrical presentation, and narrative storytelling, demonstrate the connection between sensation and spectacle.

The exhibition comprises close to 50 artworks dating from the late 18th century to the present.

Stage, Setting, Mood runs concurrent with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s presentation of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare: National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library (February 5 through 28, 2016) commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.


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Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning

Apr 13, 2014 - May 2, 2016
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrate the stone’s use and its deep significance to the people of the region.

 


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Along the Pecos

Jun 19, 2015 - Jun 19, 2016
Along the Pecos
New Mexico History Museum
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A photographic and sound collage

One of the staples of desert life is the presence—or scarcity—of water. Its importance can be seen across eastern New Mexico, where the Pecos River strives to quench a fragile, 926-mile riparian environment. Along the Pecos, a collage of photographs and sounds, opens June 19 on the second floor of the New Mexico History Museum. Developed by photographer Jennifer Schlesinger and the late composer Steven M. Miller, the materials were recently donated to the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, whose Photo Legacy Project collects the work of contemporary photographers.


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FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico

Nov 22, 2015 - Sep 11, 2016
FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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 opens November 22, 2015 and runs through September 11, 2016.  More than 150 objects will be 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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Santa Fe Faces: Alan Pearlman Photographs

Mar 11, 2016 - Sep 18, 2016
Santa Fe Faces: Alan Pearlman Photographs
New Mexico History Museum

In 2009, photographer Alan Pearlman set out on a quest to capture the soul of Santa Fe in a series of staged portraits. Some of the results take center stage as archival pigment prints in the New Mexico History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery, March 11–September 18, 2016.

Santa Fe Faces: Alan Pearlman Photographs features a selection from 90 portraits he took between 2009 and 2013. Included among them are images of flamenco artist Juan Siddi and Turquoise Trail rancher Archie West. Through them, Pearlman aimed to reveal a moment in the City Different’s history, focusing on the ways that clothing and settings speak to identities and occupations.


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Feb 14, 2016 - Dec 30, 2016
A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

“Indian art of the future will be in new forms, produced in new media and new technological methods. The end result will be as Indian as is the Indian.”

- Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New (Cherokee)

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lloyd Henri New’s birth, A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New is a mesmerizing look into a storied life. Coming from humble beginnings on the family farm in Oklahoma, New became one of the first Native American artists to earn a degree in art education and receive personal recognition and success as an artist and designer – all of which led to his emergence as a pioneer in fashion, entrepreneurship, and Native art instruction. New’s vision and leadership helped create new entities focused on advancing Native arts and culture (e.g., the Southwest Indian Art Project in the early 60’s). By instructing generations of young artists on how to bring their artistic processes and traditional culture together, they were able to map their own artistic path; a path that could resonate with their needs as creative individuals, members of their tribal communities and as contemporary artists.

A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New will open February 13, 2016. The exhibition will survey the lifespan and works of Lloyd Henri “Kiva” New using unprecedented access to his art, fabrics, fashion designs, photos, sketches, and archival documents. The exhibition consists of five sections: New Lands, Ancient Stories; Student and Teacher; An Artist at War; A New Enterprise/ Clothes Make the Man; New Horizons; and The New Legacy. It will highlight how the actions and innovations of New provided the foundation for today’s Native art in its new forms and media, to remain as Indian as the Indian, while visible and relevant on a global scale.


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Feb 14, 2016 - Dec 30, 2016
A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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.


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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 secret “crypto-Jews”—to finally make a mark as successful merchants, artists and philanthropists in New Mexico.


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The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top

Apr 3, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017
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 and Good Fortune across Asia

Feb 28, 2016 - Mar 19, 2017
Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Santa Fe is the perfect city for the soon-to-open exhibition Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia. The City of Holy Faith could just as easily be called the City of Many Faiths. From the Natives who considered it a spiritually abundant place, to the Catholics arriving here before the Pilgrim’s, to today’s large communities of Sikhs, Buddhists, and New Age practitioners.

Sacred Realm runs from February 28 through March 19, 2017 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.

Sacred Realm highlights the museum’s own wide-ranging Asian collection exploring such beliefs as magical protection, blessings, and good fortune.


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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

Oct 25, 2015 - May 25, 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 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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Jun 30, 2016 - Jun 30, 2017
Wide Ruins to Red Lake: New Works by Melanie Yazzie
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

The theme of homeland and the female archetype resonate through Melanie Yazzie’s storytelling artwork via images and symbols. The Navajo paradigm of world creation through thoughts motivates and grounds her work as an artist, teacher and member of the Navajo Nation. Travels to Siberia, New Zealand, France and the many Native nations within the United States influence her work and efforts to connect, educate and further dialogue of indigenous issues.


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Jul 17, 2016 - Oct 1, 2017
Into the Future: Cultural Power in Native American Art
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

In contemporary art, Native American cultural power is located traditional forms, materials, and visual language, as well as the ancestral knowledge embedded in even the most contemporary artistic expressions. Into the Future: Cultural Power in Native American Art examines the ways Native artists have and continue to employ visual imagery in the formation, perpetuation, and expression of their unique cultures. The exhibition will include more than 200 works from MIAC’s collections, as well as borrowed works from artists and collectors. The artists tell their stories through mediums spanning a continuum from traditional pottery and weaving, to comics and video, and into cyberspace.


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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
Alexander Girard’s collection of International Folk Art

"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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