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  • 06/15/16 Rewriting the History of the Ancient Village of Kuaua

    A Talk Presented by Coronado Historic Site Ranger Ethan Ortega Tuesday, June 21 at 7:30pm Albuquerque Museum of Art and History Free with refreshments served afterward Brief: Coronado Historic Site Ranger Ethan Ortega will present the findings from the Kuaua Research Initiative this year at the Albuquerque Archaeological Society. The lecture is free and open to the public. Ortega will also present artifact photos and will demonstrate the new “Sim-Pueblo” interactive exhibit. Location: Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104, Phone: 505-242-4600.

  • 06/10/16 Artist-in-Residence Justin Favela Creates Piñata-Style Lowrider for New Mexico Museum of Art Exhibition

    As part of its summer celebration of the influence of lowriders on contemporary art, the New Mexico Museum of Art welcomes innovative contemporary artist Justin Favela as its artist-in-residence. Favela will create a half-scale, three-dimensional, piñata-style lowrider to suspend from the ceiling of the museum’s exhibition Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders, joining two of his smaller sculptures already on view. Visitors of all ages are invited to collaborate with Justin to create this unique made-in-New-Mexico paper lowrider. The lowrider the artist will create at the museum is part of his ongoing interest in how vehicles are part of the popular imagination. In previous work, he has explored the iconic role of cars and trucks in celebrity tragedy and spectacle. Favela also created a life-sized Impala for a 2014 exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, highlighting Chicano culture in the South and bringing pop culture into a high-culture institution. In New Mexico, as part of a collaborative artmaking project in the context of an exhibition celebrating lowriders, his sculptural lowrider will assert the vibrancy of Chicano culture’s contributions to American art and celebrate the lowrider as an artistic and cultural icon.  Workshop Hours: Friday, July 8: 2-4 pm Saturday, July 9: 10 am-1 pm and 2-4 pm Sunday, July 10: 1 to 3:30 pm, followed by a procession with the completed lowrider at 4 pm.   Artist Talks: Friday, July 8: 2 pm Saturday, July 9: 2 pm Sunday, July 10: 2 pm The event is free with museum admission on Friday and Saturday and free to New Mexico residents all day on Sunday. The last day of his residency coincides with the museum’s Family Day, on Sunday, July 10, from 1:00-4:00 pm. Activities include:

  • 06/10/16 History Museum’s Chávez Library Wins National Award for Historic New Mexico Maps Project

    The American Association for State and Local History will bestow their Award of Merit for Leadership in History to the New Mexico History Museum at their annual awards banquet on September 16. This prestigious award recognizes the museum’s Historic New Mexico Maps project, the culmination of a four-year effort to catalog more than 6,000 maps, along with hosting an array of public programs and producing Historic Maps as Teaching Tools: A Curriculum Guide for Grades 5–8. Patricia Hewitt of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library oversaw the project. She and the museum share the award with the co-writers of the curriculum guide, Drs. Judy and Dennis Reinhartz of Santa Fe. The museum’s map collection encompasses all of New Mexico history, from Spanish Colonial to Mexican Republic, U.S. territorial and statehood periods. From the smallest map (4 x 5 ½ in.) to the largest (13 x 122 ft.), the museum’s map collection includes more than 1,100 road maps, 800 railroad maps, and 2,000 topographic maps—all of them now available to researchers and interested members of the public visiting the library. (A plan to digitize the collection awaits appropriate funding and staffing.)

  • 06/10/16 Artists and Arts Contributors Named for 2016 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts

    Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Arts Commission today announced the eight artists and major contributors to the arts who will be recipients of the 2016 Annual Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts. The 2016 Governor’s Arts Awards ceremonies will be held on Friday, September 23, at 5:15 pm at the St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The ceremony is preceded by an afternoon reception and exhibition opening, 3:30 – 4:30 pm, in the Governor’s Gallery at the State Capitol. Both the awards ceremony and gallery reception are free and open to the public.

  • 06/09/16 A Talk on Women’s Oral Traditions in the Sephardic World

    New Mexico History Museum presents Vanessa Paloma Elbaz speaking on “De tu boca a los cielos (From Your Mouth to the Heavens): Women’s Songs and Stories at the Heart of Sephardic Identity.” Using musical examples, this free talk will demonstrate the richness of women’s oral traditions in the Sephardic world and the role of their voices in the continuity of Sephardic identity. Where: New Mexico History Museum Auditorium in conjunction with the exhibition, Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities. When:  Sunday, June 26 at 11 am. Admission: Free with museum admission. NM residents with ID always free on Sundays. Public Contact: 505-476-5200

  • 05/17/16 Two Lowrider Exhibitions Roll Into Santa Fe – And, The Plaza Will Never Be The Same

  • 05/17/16 ¡ÓRALE! BORDER LOW & BORDER SLOW with Denise Chavez

  • 05/02/16 El Camino Real Historic Trail Site hosts its Second Annual Fiber Fair

    El Camino Real Historic Trail Site hosts its Second Annual Fiber Fair, Saturday May 21 , 2016. The event is free and runs from 10 am to 4 pm. This Fiber Fair celebrates New Mexico’s rich and storied fiber arts tradition, featuring Native and traditional Pueblo artists demonstrating the use of cotton, willow, wool, and other materials in both textiles and basketry. Other traditions demonstrated will be Spanish, and early and contemporary American fiber arts. Among them; quilting and weaving, and two with related, fun kids’ hands-on activities—wool preparation (carding, spinning) and Spanish Colcha embroidery.

  • 05/02/16 Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders

    Part of Santa Fe’s Lowrider Summer Rolls into town May 21 The New Mexico Museum of Art celebrates the artistic influence of lowriders on contemporary New Mexico artists in Con Cariño: Artists Inspired by Lowriders. Responding to this unique cultural icon in photographs, paintings, sculptures, and videos, this exhibition demonstrates the importance of lowriders as a rich subject for artistic inspiration. The artists in Con Cariño explore issues of family, gender, religion, and community, some coming to lowriders as outsiders and others using lowriders to explore their own heritage and traditions. The exhibition opens with a free-to-the-public reception on Friday, May 20, 2016, at 5:30 pm, and is on view May 21 through Oct. 9, 2016.

  • 04/29/16 A Summer of Fun at the Museum of International Folk Art

    Come one, come all... step right up and enjoy yourselves from Morris Circus to Flamenco to Sacred Realm... we’ve got it all and for all ages!

  • 04/28/16 Alcoves 16/17 #2

    Featuring works by artists Philip Augustin, Stephen Davis, Kathrine Lee, Walter Robinson and Jack Slentz. Through June 3, 2016. The ‘Alcoves’ exhibitions are a distinctive feature of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Alcoves 16/17 is a series of seven rotations over the course of a year which will include thirty-five artists in total from across New Mexico. Five artists will show for seven weeks.  Artist Gallery Talk - Friday May 6, 2016 - 5:30 to 6:30pm - Lively and engaging in gallery conversation with the artists from the Alcoves 16/17 #2.   

  • 04/11/16 Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art

    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. 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. 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.

  • 04/04/16 Screening of Citizen Min in New Mexico by Holly Yasui

    The documentary film-in-progress, Citizen Min in New Mexico, by Holly Yasui, commemorates a little known hero of the Japanese American civil rights movement, Minoru Yasui, who was recently awarded a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom. The film also presents a historic encounter between Min and Senator Pete Domenici in Albuquerque in 1984. Starting with a program on Friday May 6, 5:30-7:30pm at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, Min’s daughter, Holly Yasui, will be in New Mexico to tour a two-hour program that includes:


    • A free screening of selected scenes from Holly Yasui’s Citizen Min in New Mexico, a documentary film-in-progress on her father.

    • Live readings from Holly Yasui’s biographical play, Citizen Min, which depicts Minoru Yasui, an idealistic young lawyer in 1942

    • A “talk back” between Holly Yasui and the audience

  • 04/01/16 A Fragile Legacy: Earthen Architecture in New Mexico

    Jake Barrow, program director at Cornerstones Community Partnerships, speaks on “A Fragile Legacy: Earthen Architecture in New Mexico” at 6 pm on Friday, April 1. The lecture in the History Museum auditorium underscores the importance of ongoing restoration projects at the Palace of the Governors, a National Historic Treasure and one of the most visible adobe structures in the state. Barrow and other Cornerstones staff are consultants to the museum on that project. This is a Free First Friday Evening event. Admission to the History Museum and Palace is free to everyone from 5–8 pm.

  • 03/16/16 Free Lecture: Becoming a Global Artist

    All New Mexico artists interested in marketing their artwork globally are invited to a free lecture at Albuquerque’s historic Kimo Theatre for a lecture by successful commercial artist Ray Troll.

  • 03/15/16 Three Eminent Native Women Artists to be Honored at MIAC during Women’s History Month

    The lives and contributions of distinguished artists Margarete Bagshaw, Josephine Myers-Wapp, and Jeri Ah-be-hill will be celebrated at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture as part of Women’s History Month. The free with museum admission program will be on Saturday, March 26 from 1 to 4 pm. The legacies of Santa Clara artist Margarete Bagshaw, Comanche educator and master craftsperson Josephine Myers-Wapp, and Kiowa/Comanche arts dealer and arts educator Jeri Ah-be-hill, all recently deceased, have had a profound impact in the areas of Native American painting, textile and clothing design, as well as Native arts marketing. Each contributed to ensuring a vibrant future for indigenous arts and their presence in the field will be greatly missed. Join us to celebrate their lives with a free program featuring stories and a selection of short films presented by family members and colleagues. A reception follows the presentations.

  • 03/10/16 Dancing to remember

    From offering caregivers an hour of respite to discovering new wells of creativity, the acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project has spent the last decade developing techniques to reach people with memory illnesses through literature, performance, art and museum exhibits. Now you can learn techniques focused on movement and dance to reach learners of all abilities. Join us on Saturday, April 9, from 10 am to 1:30 pm, when the New Mexico History Museum and the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project present “Celebrating Creativity in Elder Care: A Day of Learning.” The workshop will be held at the History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue, on the Santa Fe Plaza. A registration fee of $25 includes a light breakfast. Continuing Education Units are available. To register, go to www.dementiaarts.com, or call (505) 577-2250. Seating is limited, so reserve a spot today.

  • 03/09/16 April Events at the New Mexico History Museum

    Learn about preserving adobe structures (including our beloved Palace of the Governors), learn to tackle risk, take a historical stroll, and enjoy family-friendly activities. It’s all in April at the History Museum.

  • 03/08/16 Finding a Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA

    May 21 – October 10, 2016 Taking a Fritz Scholder group portrait of IAIA faculty and the legacy of the institution’s first artistic director, Lloyd Kiva New, as starting points, Finding a Contemporary Voice: The Legacy of Lloyd Kiva New and IAIA includes work from the New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection by IAIA faculty and alumni from the 1960s to the present such as Scholder, Neil Parsons, T.C. Cannon, Melanie Yazzie, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, and Will Wilson. The Museum of Art’s free to the public exhibition opening is on Friday, May 20, 2016. The exhibition is open May 21, 2016 through Oct. 10, 2016.

  • 03/07/16 Assumed Identities: Photographs by Anne Noggle

    Pilot, photographer, professor, and poet, Anne Noggle (1922-2005) began  her groundbreaking career as a photographer late in life but quickly gained recognition for her witty and honest work. Assumed Identities: Photographs by Anne Noggle opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Saturday, April 2, 2016 and runs through September 11, 2016. A free to the public opening is on Friday, April 1 from 5.30 to 7.30pm.