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  • 03/22/15 Face jugs of the American South: Lecture

    Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm. John Burrison will give a lecture on the history of this Southern tradition at 1pm, followed by a face jug demonstration by Georgia potter Mike Craven. The programs are in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.

  • 01/20/15 February Fun at the New Mexico History Museum

    Bring the family Feb. 6, 5:30-7 pm, for a free Valentines craft event. Feb. 8, 2-4 pm, make a camera obscura (reservations required). On Feb. 15, 2-4 pm, pinhole photographer Donald Lawrence speaks in the auditorium and shows how to make camera obscuras in the courtyard. At noon on Feb. 18, John McAllister speaks on "Lozen, Apache Warrior Woman." There’s always something to do at the New Mexico History Museum.

  • 01/15/15 SUMMER OF COLOR

    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. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day the participating institutions and their contributions to Summer of Color are: Museum of International Folk, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Art, International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe Botanical Garden.

  • 01/15/15 The Red That Colored the World

    The exhibition, The Red That Colored the World opening at the Museum of International Folk Art, combines new research and original scholarship to explore the history and widespread use in art of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian Americas. The Red That Colored the World opens on May 17, 2015 and runs through September 13, 2015.

  • 01/08/15 Colors of the Southwest

    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 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. The exhibtion dates are March 6 – September 13, 2015.

  • 01/08/15 North to South: Photographs by Edward Ranney

      On display Dec. 19, 2014 through April 19, 2015 A survey of remarkable images by this master of photography whose work ranges from the southern Andes of Peru to the Galisteo basin. A longtime New Mexico resident, Ranney has extensively explored the cultural landscape of ancient peoples as well as contemporary human interventions such as artist Charles Ross’ immense Star Axis project near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Join us for a gallery talk by Santa Fe artist Edward Ranney, who will talk about his work as an artist and his efforts to photograph ancient habitations along the coastal Americas on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.

  • 12/22/14 Tales from a Dark Room

    On display Dec. 19, 2014 through April 19, 2015 Photographers used to spend much of their time in the dark, processing film and developing pictures. Many have come into the light by switching to digital image-making but the mystique of the darkroom lingers. This group exhibition is a tribute to the tools of the trade of wet-process, darkroom photography. Join us for a gallery talk by Santa Fe artist Robert Stivers who will talk about his unique photograms made with his darkroom developing tray, Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.

  • 12/15/14 January events at the New Mexico History Museum

    From a belated card-making workshop on Jan. 2 to a Jan. 14 talk about made-in-New-Mexico movies to a Jan. 25 discussion about renovating classic Harvey Houses, the History Museum has you covered at the start of 2015.

  • 12/02/14 The December-January History Museum Times

    Go behind-the-scenes for the making of our newest exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and its Legacy. Peek into the mystery of the sealed-shut trunk. Check out a very old map. It’s all in the latest issue of The Museum Times, a publication of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Give it a read by clicking here (or log onto http://media.newmexicoculture.org/press_releases.php?action=detail&releaseID=347) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.

  • 12/02/14 Opening events for Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy

    Join us for a fun day of activities and be among the first to see this Mezzanine-area addition to the museum’s main exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now. Curated by Meredith Davidson, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy focuses on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment, including the invention of the Harvey Girls in Raton. Among our opening events, the Winslow Harvey Girls host a trunk show of Harvey House china in our lobby. Also: 10 am, 11 am, noon and 4 pm, see The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, a 57-minute documentary, in the museum auditorium. 2 pm, gather in the auditorium for a conversation with curator Meredith Davidson, documentary producer Katrina Parks, and Stephen Fried, author of the acclaimed biography Appetite for America. Seating is limited. Doors open at 1:30 pm. 3–4 pm, refreshments in the lobby Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily  

  • 11/17/14 Indian Country, The Art of David Bradley

    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. In Bradley’s narratives of Indian Country, Native people take center stage in world art and history. Through his artwork he challenges stereotypes about Native American people, places, and events we think we understand, revealing the indigenous experiences at the core of what it means to be American. 

  • 11/14/14 December Fun at the History Museum

    Friday, Dec. 5, 6 pm, Free First Friday Gallery Talk: “Mapping New Mexico,” by Librarian Tomas Jaehn. Sunday, Dec. 7, opening of Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy, including a 2 pm conversation with curator Meredith Davidson, documentary producer Katrina Parks, and author Stephen Fried. Friday, Dec. 12, 5:30–8 pm, Christmas at the Palace. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14, 10 am–4 pm, Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale. Sunday, Dec. 14, 5:30–7 pm, Las Posadas. Wednesday, Dec. 17, noon, “Why Money is Better than Barter: Trade in 18th-Century Northern New Mexico,” a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture by author and historian Linda Tigges. Thursday, Dec. 25, closed for Christmas.

  • 10/21/14 November Events at the New Mexico History Museum

    From tattoos to Christmas cards to beer, we’ve got you covered. Sunday, Noveber. 2, see portions of the 2013 documentary Tattoo Nation and hear from Director Eric Schwartz in the History Museum auditorium. Friday, November 7, come to the opening of Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past. Saturday, November 8, purchase art and craft supplies, handmade books and papers, ephemera, gifts and more at the Santa Fe Book Arts Group flea market. Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16, make your own holiday cards. Wednesday, Nov. 19, hear author John C. Stott talk about “New Mexico Beer—Now and Then."    

  • 10/18/14 Spanish Guitar of the Americas -- A Music Festival

    Celebrate the change of seasons in beautiful southern New Mexico with music, regional cuisine, and museum exhibits at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site Beginning on Saturday, October 18, and again on Saturday, November 22, and on Saturday, December 13 will be a free concert series and festival of the Spanish guitar at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on all three dates.

  • 10/14/14 The Laboratory of Anthropology Library holds its always anticipated 21st Book Sale

    The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Laboratory of Anthropology (LOA) Library will hold its 21st book sale on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 15 and 16. Book sale times and admission fees are:


    • Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., $10; and 1 – 4 p.m., $1

    • Sunday, Nov. 16, Noon – 4 p.m., Free

    There are many books worthy of gracing any library, supplementing a collection or expanding one, such as the scarce, rare and first edition, finely printed and small literary press books on topics as diverse as the 1960s Beat Generation and Counter Culture movements, the Federal Writers’ Project/Works Progress Administration, Goreyana (Edward Gorey), as well as on New Mexico, Mexico, Spanish Colonial history and art, and on Central America.

  • 10/14/14 Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women

    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

  • 09/30/14 Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy

    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 fashioned an “authentic” tourist experience through architecture and interior design, while Herman Schweizer helped drive the direction of Native American arts 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, tells those stories and more. Opening Sunday, Dec. 7, Setting the Standard uses rarely seen 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.

  • 09/26/14 October events at the New Mexico History Museum

    Friday, Oct. 3, 6 pm, “Broken by Secrets: Robert Oppenheimer and the Early Atomic Age” Dr. Jon Hunner, interim director of the museum, explores the complicated life of the atomic bomb’s father—from his childhood through his scientific career to his involvement with governmental policies during the early Atomic Age. Sunday, Oct. 5, 2 pm, Albuquerque Baroque Players Hear 17th- and 18th-century chamber music from Italy, Germany and France by MaryAnn Shore (oboe and recorder), Mary Bruesch (viola da gamba) and Susan Patrick (harpsichord). Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2–4 pm, “The Linguists: Saving Endangered Languages” What does it take to save a dying language? Join linguists Greg Anderson and K. David Harrison for a free screening of their 2008 film, The Linguists, followed by a Q&A. Saturday, Oct. 11, last day for this year’s Historical Downtown Walking Tours Monday through Saturday, learn about the history of Santa Fe from a museum-trained. Sunday, Oct. 12, 2 pm, “From Pinholes to Black Holes” Los Alamos National Laboratory astrophysicist Ed Fenimore talks in the auditorium about his pioneering work that uses the basic technology of a pinhole camera to see the distant reaches of space. Saturday, Oct. 25, 9–4 pm, “Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care: A Day of Learning” A daylong workshop sponsored by the New Mexico History Museum and the acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project. Sunday, Oct. 26, 2–4 pm “Cameras from the Kitchen” Bring an empty coffee can, oatmeal box, potato chip can or shoebox (with lids) to make your own camera obscura . Wednesday, Oct. 29, noon, “Fred Harvey, the Hotel Castañeda, and the Future of the Past in Railroad New Mexico” Stephen Fried, author of the best-selling biography Appetite for America, delivers a Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture in the Meem Community Room. Free.

  • 09/24/14 Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museumís Collection

    Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum Collection. The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a free public reception. The exhibition runs through March 29, 2015. Hunting + Gathering presents a sampling of artworks that have entered the Museum’s collection in the last five years.

  • 09/22/14 From Pinholes to Black Holes: Astrophysicist Ed Fenimore on How to See a Gamma-Ray Burst

    Gamma-ray bursts may produce an extraordinary amount of light from the other side of the universe, but they occur so randomly that we don’t know where to look. We need a camera that can image the gamma-rays to locate them. Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists considered this high-tech problem and wondered whether a pinhole camera—the simplest tool of photography—might hold the answer. On Sunday, October 12, at 2 pm in the History Museum auditorium, astrophysicist Ed Fenimore talks about their solution: an array of 52,000 pinholes that is currently flying on the Swift satellite. His lecture, “From Pinholes to Black Holes,” is free with admission, and Sundays are free to NM residents. Early in their research, LANL scientists developed a device with more than 20,000 pinholes that flew aboard the 1991 Space Shuttle. That coded array is currently on display in Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, an exhibit in the museum’s Herzstein Gallery.