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  • 02/08/16 Community-in-Residence Meets Shakespeare

    Join local arts organizations and Gary Glazner, founder of the internationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, for a fun-filled morning of creating poetry and song inspired by The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page. This event is crafted especially for people with memory illnesses and their care partners, though everyone is welcome to participate. Meet at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe, on Tuesday, February 23, from 10–11 am. Community-in-Residence is a free event during which we’ll explore Shakespeare’s famous quotes in a spirit of creativity, playfulness and learning, and then invent a performance inspired by his work.

  • 01/28/16 Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia

    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.

  • 01/20/16 February events at the History Museum

    Doth thou love William Shakespeare? Then February’s your month. The New Mexico Museum of Art features First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, in collaboration with the New Mexico History Museum’s The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page. Come throughout the month to each museum for lectures, performances, hands-on art activities and more. Find out all the ways we’ll help you fall in love with history this February (including a few non-Shakespearean ones).

  • 01/20/16 The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page program events

    Augment your visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare by stepping across Lincoln Avenue to the History Museum’s exploration of Shakespeare and the art of publishing, in The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page. The exhibit includes a full month of free, special programming events.

  • 01/15/16 First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare -- updated

    Only New Mexico venue for one of the world’s most influential and valuable books celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare in 2016 Fans of the Bard of Avon don’t have to wait too much longer to view the national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library opening at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 6, 2016 and running through February 28, 2016. The New Mexico Museum of Art is the only venue in the state to view the First Folio. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for New Mexicans and other museum visitors to see an original 1623 First Folio—one of the world’s most influential and valuable books, and the original printed source for 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. The New Mexico Museum of Art has created a comprehensive First Folio web site which includes a calendar of exhibition-related programs and events.

  • 01/08/16 Multi-Venue Celebration of the Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New

  • 01/01/16 $27.6 Million in Arts Grants Includes $40,000 for Museum of International Folk Art Program

    The National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s premiere public arts funding organization, announced today an important grant for the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). The $40,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is part of $27.6 million awarded in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016. The money will allow MOIFA to develop and execute programs that enhance public participation and community collaboration in the Gallery of Conscience, in conjunction with a new exhibition opening in 2016.

  • 12/22/15 Resolved: Learn more history in 2016

    The New Mexico History Museum kicks off a new year with a series of robust programs, including the inaugural edition of its third-Sunday-of-the-month Family Fun Days. Check out our schedule for lectures, poetry readings and more.

  • 12/10/15 Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar

    Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 5, 2016 with a free public reception from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The exhibition examines the craftsmanship, design, and history of this popular musical instrument. Medieval to Metal is a companion exhibition to two others opening the same evening at the New Mexico Museum of Art, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare and Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts. Together, these three exhibitions look at the importance of the stage whether in life or imagination. The forty instruments in Medieval to Metal span centuries, ranging from an intricately inlaid Moorish oud, a six-foot long Renaissance theorbo, to guitars displaying the modern Italian design of Eko, and one with a stunning transparent acrylic body by California’s BC Rich guitars.

  • 12/01/15 The 2016 Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures, part 1

    Billy the Kid, Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell, the railroad, Pueblo Indians and more are among the topics covered in the next set of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library’s Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures. Organized by Librarian Tomas Jaehn, the monthly lectures are free, and you’re welcome to bring a lunch. Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.

  • 11/30/15 The History Museum Times, December-January edition

    Find out about terrific holiday events and go behind the scenes with our trusty security staff. Learn about the Palace renovation project and check out a truck-sized effort to photograph the building. It’s all in the latest edition of the New Mexico History Museum’s newsletter. Click here to download a pdf or copy this URL into your browser: http://media.newmexicoculture.org/press_releases.php?action=download&releaseID=429.

  • 11/23/15 The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page

    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.

  • 11/19/15 Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts

    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.

  • 11/12/15 December events at the History Museum

    Remarkable women, a family-day wool-and-weaving event, and our annual holiday events. Find out what’s up in December at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.

  • 11/10/15 Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities

    In 1492, when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella unified the nation under the Catholic crown, a royal edict ordered all Jews to either leave the country or convert to Catholicism within four months—or else. The Spanish Inquisition (and later, the Portuguese 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, stands on the brink of that chasm and leaps into a diaspora that dates 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 conversos, sometimes as secret “crypto-Jews”—to finally make a mark as successful merchants, artists and philanthropists in New Mexico.

  • 11/03/15 Wool-and-weaving day at the History Museum

    See a new film produced by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, examine textiles and try your hand at weaving on Sunday, December 6, from 1:30–4 pm. The 20-minute film, An Unbroken Thread: Wool & Weaving in Northern New Mexico, will be shown at 1:30 and 2:30 pm in the History Museum auditorium. Throughout the afternoon, representatives from the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center and museum educators will engage visitors in the materials of the weaver’s trade, teach basic weaving skills and showcase finished textiles. This event is free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents; children 16 and under are free daily.

  • 10/28/15 Palace Press honored with prestigious Edgar L. Hewett Award

    The Press at the Palace of the Governors will receive the Edgar L. Hewett Award by the New Mexico Association of Museums. The award is made to individuals or organizations whose actions exemplify leadership and service to the New Mexico museum community and for their achievements in the museum field. Past recipients include the New Mexico History Museum (2009), the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (2011), and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

  • 10/20/15 Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons

    During World War II, Santa Fe was the site of one of the nation’s largest Justice Department internment camps. It primarily housed Japanese immigrants, among them the Rev. Tamasaku Watanabe. On Sunday, November 15, at 2 pm, Watanabe’s granddaughter, Dr. Gail Y. Okawa, speaks on a brain-twisting aspect of that heartbreaking period: Even as our government locked up Japanese residents over fears of their supposed disloyalty, their own children put on soldiers’ uniforms to defend the nation. “Compounded Ironies: Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons” is a free-with-admission lecture in the New Mexico History Museum auditorium. (Sundays are free to NM residents.)

  • 10/19/15 November events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    From an exclusive Palace Guard events to a book-arts flea market and talks on the history of the New Mexico National Guard, internment camps of Japanese people and the various types of Southwestern cuisine, the New Mexico History Museum will deepen your appreciation for the past during November.

  • 10/08/15 Halloween at the Museums

    Grab the kids, don a costume, and head to the Santa Fe Plaza for a progressive Halloween party on Friday, October 30, at the Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum. We’ll have music, treasure hunts, ghost stories, tarot cards and more. And it’s all free, from 5–8 pm, with full access to all of our exhibitions.