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Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

The RedThat Colored The World

May 17, 2015
The RedThat Colored The World
Museum of International Folk Art
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Public opening

opening events


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Toys and Games: A New Mexico Childhood

May 25, 2014 - May 31, 2015
Toys and Games: A New Mexico Childhood
New Mexico History Museum

Museums often focus on how we worked, how we fought, the businesses we built, and the challenges we overcame – the adult side of life. But before we became hard workers, everyone was a child, and every child shaped his or her play-world with toys. From the homemade or passed down to those bought new, toys deeply impact how we fill our childhood worlds. The History Museum collections contain a range of examples of how we played, and in observance of our fifth anniversary, we’ll display some of the most exquisite pieces in an installation in our front window. Toys and Games: A New Mexico Childhood invites visitors to travel down memory lane while also introducing today’s children to the delights of childhood past.


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Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser

Aug 3, 2014 - Jun 1, 2015
Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is proud to honor the hundreth birth year of Allan Houser with this exhibition of his sculptures and those of thirteen Native American artists whose lives he changed forever. Larry Ahvakana, Don Chunestudey, Cliff Fragua, Craig Dan Goseyun, Rollie Grandbois, Bob Haozous, Phillip Mangas Haozous, Doug Hyde, Oreland Joe, Tony Lee, Estella Loretto, Bill Prokopiof and Robert Shorty


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Fire Season

May 1, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
Fire Season
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Southwest has become increasingly aware of  a season that begins around June with the unleashing of nature’s harsh and renewing forces: fire season. New Mexicans in particular are well acquainted with the apocalyptic plumes of smoke and sprinklings of ash that accompany this wildfire season. In this exhibition of more than a dozen photographs, artists respond to the fearsome and alluring element of fire, exploring its destructive, hypnotic, symbolic, and regenerative aspects. This group show of 15 photographs includes work by Jane Fulton Alt, Patricia Galagan, Philip Metcalf, and Larry Schwarm.


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Photo Lab

May 1, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
Photo Lab
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
cyanotypes and albumen prints

The Photo Lab features photographs from the collection made with two historic processes: cyanotypes and albumen prints. Both were popular in the nineteenth-century and examples are on view by early practitioners including Francis Frith, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Arthur Wesley Dow. These processes have been revived by contemporary artists -- such as Rita Dewitt, Betty Hahn, Robin Hill, Jennifer Schlesinger, Nancy Sutor, and Zoë Zimmerman – whose work is exhibited alongside the earlier masters. Find out about these colorful photographic process and check out a selection of historic cameras, a comment board, touch-screen videos, books, and more!


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To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait

May 1, 2015 - Jul 26, 2015
To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

May 1 through July 26, 2015

Longtime Santa Fe resident Gay Block’s photography is internationally recognized for its fearless exploration of personal identity issues—gender, class, religion, familial relationships, and sexual orientation. A survey of more than forty of her works from 1975 to 2012 in To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait, opens Friday, May 1, 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. The exhibition runs through July 26, 2015.

 


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Material Matters : Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift

Apr 17, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015
Material Matters : Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Over a period of 35 years, Joann and Gifford Phillips gifted a series of paintings to the Museum of Art. These artworks represent two distinct locations with works created during eras of significant growth and change within their respective contemporary art scenes -- California from the 1950 -1980s and New Mexico from the 1980s. The Phillips’ generous gift included works by California artists Richard Diebenkorn, John McLaughlin, Edward Moses, Lee Mullican and Joe Goode as well as works by New Mexico based artists Emmi Whitehorse, Richard Hogan Eugene Newmann and Allan Graham.


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Art on the Edge 2015

Apr 17, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015
Art on the Edge 2015
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Return of the Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography juried exhibition. Artists from New Mexico and its adjoining states selected by Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. This year’s artists are Will Clift, Danae Falliers, Chris Oatey, Sarah McKenzie, Kate Rivers, Ian Fisher and Jill Christian.


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Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift

Apr 17, 2015 - Aug 16, 2015
Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, April 17, 2015 and runs through August 16, 2015. The twenty-eight works on view are artists working in California and New Mexico who took an experimental approach to abstraction through materials and process.


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May 30, 2015 - Sep 7, 2015
Summer of Color
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
on Museum Hill

Santa Fe appears to be awash in gradations of adobe brown yet it is a city of rich colors found nowhere else – as seen by the generations of artists who’ve made this city their home. And color in its many shades and hues comes to the fore this summer when some of the city’s leading cultural institutions located on Museum Hill coordinate a series of exhibitions and events; Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, and Santa Fe Botanical Garden.


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Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest

Sep 29, 2013 - Sep 8, 2015
Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

A celebration of sight, sound, and activity for visitors of all ages, Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest, opens Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Over 100 objects relating to Southwestern Native dance and music will be featured, including a flute made by Grammy award-winning artist Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo.

Collectively used for indigenous ritual performance, the drums, flutes, rasps, rattles, and clothing featured in the exhibition convey a richly layered message. Music, too, is integral to the ceremony—it is more than accompaniment for the dancers; each song is a prayer providing a pathway to the here and now and to the worlds beyond.

The opening on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m. will feature performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities for the entire family, and refreshments provided by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.


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Colors of the Southwest

Mar 6, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015
Colors of the Southwest
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The New Mexico Museum of Art is participating in the city’s 2015 “Summer of Color” celebration with the exhibition Colors of the Southwest. The exhibtion dates are March 6 – September 20, 2015. The exhibition will encompass an array of art created from the early 20th century to the present and will include paintings, photographs, prints, watercolors, and ceramics.


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Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women

Nov 2, 2014 - Oct 19, 2015
Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

First exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries  

Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Nov. 2, 2014 and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists.  Most of the ten works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden.

There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion, while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before


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Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition

Oct 24, 2014 - Jan 3, 2016
Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition
Museum of International Folk Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Pottery was crucial to agrarian life in the U.S. South, with useful forms such as pitchers, storage jars, jugs, and churns being most in demand for the day-to-day activities of a household and farm. Today, a century after that lifeway began to change, potters in the South continue to make vital wares that are distinctively Southern. The Museum of International Folk Art will celebrate this “living tradition” of American regional culture with the exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition, which opens on Friday, October 24, with a free public reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. The two-man folk orchestra Round Mountain will perform Southern-inspired music, including original compositions, at the opening reception.

The exhibition presents traditional stoneware from North Carolina and north Georgia, current works characterized by earthy local clays, salt and ash glazes, and surprising effects of wood firing.


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Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography

Apr 27, 2014 - Jan 10, 2016
Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography
New Mexico History Museum

In an age when every cell phone can take a respectable picture, cameras as low-tech as an oatmeal box still beguile a legion of practitioners, both artistic and documentarian. With roots in the ancient discovery of the camera obscura, pinhole photography has enchanted artists from the 1880s through today. Opening April 27 (through Jan. 10, 2016), Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, in the Herzstein Gallery of the New Mexico History Museum, explores a historical art form that exemplifies thoroughly contemporary ideals: Do-it-yourself handmade technology with a dash of steampunk style.

Nearly 225 photographs and 40 cameras show how a light-tight box pierced by a hole and holding a piece of old-school film can reveal alternate versions of reality. At heart, photography is a method of capturing the way that light plays upon objects, the seen and the unseen—a visual form of poetry that extends beyond a literal representation whenever pinhole cameras are involved.


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Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley

Feb 15, 2015 - Jan 16, 2016
Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture February 15, 2015 and runs through January 16 2016. On view will be 32 works of art spanning his career, including paintings, mixed media works, and bronze sculptures.


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Jul 6, 2014 - Jan 17, 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


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Georgia O’Keeffe in Process

Sep 11, 2015 - Jan 17, 2016
Georgia O’Keeffe in Process
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Looking Forward Looking Back

Sep 11, 2015 - Jan 17, 2016
Looking Forward Looking Back
New Mexico Museum of Art
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

This exhibition looks back at historic works by significant women artist from the Museum of Art Collection while looking forward at new projects by contemporary feminist artists. Artists in the exhibition include Eleanor Antin, Louise Bourgeois, Beatrice Wood, Angela Ellsworth and Ligia Bouton.


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An American Modernism - Painting and Photography

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

This exhibition explores how the medium of photography was instrumental in shaping Modernism in America, with prints, drawings, photographs, and paintings from the 1920s and 1930s. These works demonstrate the shifting conversation and the complexity of artists’ efforts to establish a recognizable American style in the early years of the twentieth century. While some believed it should be defined by the precision and dynamism of the machine age, others rejected industrialization and commercialism for the perceived authenticity of nature and rural life. The tensions between these motives and the struggle to find a distinctively American visual vocabulary emerge in this rich selection of more than fifty works of art. 


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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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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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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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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
The Alexander Girard Collection

"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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