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  • 07/22/14 NM History Museum Named No. 1 in the West

    Now landing in subscribers’ mailboxes, the September 2014 issue of True West magazine names the New Mexico History Museum as the nation’s best Western museum, “in recognition of their superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through their creativity in interpreting the West while fulfilling their institution’s mission.” The honor follows the announcement that the museum won a national Award of Merit for Leadership in History from the American Association of State and Local History for its 2013–14 exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined.

  • 06/24/14 Printing, Music and Tattooes. Special events for “Painting the Divine”

    From printing with a medieval-style to great music and the movie Tattoo Nation, the exhibit Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World (opening June 29) comes with a host of special events.

  • 06/23/14 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series 2014, Part 2

    Mix together experts on a legendary outlaw, a hotel magnate, and a Territorial governor, and top it with ice-cold beer. Those folks and more will speak in the second half of the 2014 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. Organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library at the New Mexico History Museum, the monthly lectures are free and open to the public (and, yes, you can bring a lunch). Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.

  • 06/19/14 Yee-Haw! History Museum Wins National Award for Cowboys Real and Imagined

    The American Association for State and Local History will bestow an Award of Merit for Leadership in History on the New Mexico History Museum in honor of the excellence achieved by Cowboys Real and Imagined. The award recognizes the 2013-2014 exhibition, its public programs, and the publication of Jack Thorp’s Songs of the Cowboys by the Press at the Palace of the Governors. “The staff of the museum brought intelligence, inventiveness and a lot of hard work to Cowboys,” said interim Director Jon Hunner. “This award is shared by the entire staff, our generous donors and the many visitors who enjoyed our hospitality—especially the ones who `cowboyed up’ and practiced roping a dummy calf.”

  • 06/16/14 Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition

    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.

  • 06/06/14 Free Friday Night for the Palace but not the History Museum June 6

    Please note: Due to a private event in the History Museum, it will not be open for our usual Free Friday Night on June 6. The Palace of the Governors, however, will remain open for free from 5-8 pm. (Folks attending the Judy Chicago opening at the New Mexico Museum of Art who would like to tack on a visit to Donald Woodman’s exhibit at the History Museum will need to plan a return visit.) We apologize for the inconvenience.  

  • 06/04/14 The New Mexico History Museum newsletter: June-July 2014

    Learn about our upcoming exhibit, Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World. Meet an awesome volunteer. Sort through old newspaper photographs and find out just which wall almost fell down. It’s all in the June-July 2014 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=319) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.

  • 05/05/14 Job posting: Executive Director for the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors

    The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors National Historic Landmark, a division of the state of New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, is seeking an exceptional individual to fill the position of director. (For more information about the museum, see http://nmhistorymuseum.org/.) The New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors explores the Southwestern experiences of the American story. We fulfill our mission through diverse collections, inspired exhibitions, engaging public programs, award-winning publications and collaborative partnerships.

  • 04/29/14 Come Out and Play: The History Museum’s 5th Birthday Bash

    Outside of cowboy boots and a pony, what does pretty much every five year old want on their birthday? A party! And that’s just what the New Mexico History Museum is throwing on May 25. With the help of volunteers, visitors and community partners, we’ve accomplished great things since opening in 2009. How better to say “thanks” than to invite everyone over for old-time games, a tea party, hands-on activities and more. The first treat: Through the generosity of La Fonda on the Plaza, the day is free to everyone. Join us from 1–4 pm on Sunday, May 25, for “Come Out and Play,” a free birthday party and the debut of a new front-window installation, Toys and Games: A New Mexico Childhood, featuring dolls, toys, skates, sleds and more from the museum’s collections.

  • 04/24/14 Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World

    An ecclesiastical wave of 1960s-era urban renewal inspired mission churches throughout the Americas to undergo drastic 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, the Institute donated 70 paintings and three sculptures to the then-unbuilt New Mexico History Museum. 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.

  • 04/01/14 Make a pinhole camera. Make a poem. Make a date for these great events.

    Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, opening April 27, includes a year’s worth of lectures and hands-on workshops. Remember when you made pinhole cameras from oatmeal boxes in grade school? Relive those days—and bring the family.

  • 03/31/14 The New Mexico History Museum newsletter: April-May 2014

    Meet our new interim director, learn about the human-sized camera obscura we’re building, get a glimpse of a recently conserved 18th-century painting. It’s all in the April-May 2014 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=313) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.

  • 03/28/14 Southwestern Allure:The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony

    (Santa Fe, March 28, 2014)—Southwestern Allure:The Art of the Santa Fe Art Colony explores the development of Santa Fe as a haven for artists beginning in the early 20th century through the late 1930s. The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art April 25, 2014 and is on view through July 27, 2014. Southwestern Allure celebrates the dynamic art scene that developed here in Santa Fe in the early 20th century as part of the explosion of artistic activity taking place in Northern New Mexico. The origins of the New Mexico Museum of Art and these early 20th century art colonies are inextricably linked.

  • 03/14/14 Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography

    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 March 29, 2015), 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. Poetics of Light offers a premiere of original prints by photographers from around the world. Drawn from the holdings of the Pinhole Resource Collection, the body of work was amassed by co-curators Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer in San Lorenzo, in New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley. In 2012, seeking a permanent repository and impressed by the capabilities of the Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors, the couple donated the collection—more than 6,000 photographs, 60 cameras and hundreds of books—to the New Mexico History Museum.

  • 03/06/14 Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico

    One of the most far-reaching exhibits of New Mexico animal wood carvings, Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico, debuts at the Museum of International Folk Art on April 6, 2014 with 107 artworks made by such masters as Felipe Archuleta, Patrociñio Barela, and José Dolores López. The exhibition runs through February 15, 2015.

  • 03/06/14 Work in Progress: Folk Artists on Immigration -- Museum invites public to shape immigration exhibit

    Visitors to the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) have a unique opportunity to help develop an exhibit on the timely topic of immigration. Work in Progress: Folk Artists on Immigration, a new participatory exhibit lab exploring issues of immigration, home, and belonging, is now under way in the Museum’s Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience. Work in Progress: Folk Artists on Immigration is the prototype for a more “official” iteration of the exhibition, which will open with a convening of local and international folk artists at MOIFA, in conjunction with the 11th annual International Folk Art Market, in July 2014.


    Focus on Photography is a year-long series of exhibitions opening March 7, 2014 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Three simultaneous exhibitions kick off the series: the solo show Beneath our Feet: Photographs by Joan Myers; the group show of landscape photographs titled Grounded; and the Photo Lab, an evolving interactive space exploring photographic processes and ideas.

  • 02/26/14 Downtown Walking Tours Resume April 14 through October 11

    Ever wonder why there’s an obelisk in the middle of the Santa Fe Plaza? Have you noticed the gargoyles on top of the Catron Building? Where was the gambling hall? Which tucked-away building held a Manhattan Project secret? Learn all that and more when the Historical Downtown Walking Tours led by museum-trained guides resume on April 14 through Oct. 11.

  • 02/21/14 Author and Historian Jon Hunner Named Interim Director at New Mexico History Museum

    Dr. Jon Hunner, a history professor at New Mexico State University, will serve as interim director at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors, starting in early May after the spring semester. Hunner will be on loan from NMSU through December 2014. Dr. Frances Levine, the museum’s current director, is taking over leadership of the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. Her last day is Sunday, March 16, the closing day of the exhibition Cowboys Real and Imagined. “We are grateful to Governor Garrey Carruthers and New Mexico State University for their generosity in sharing Dr. Hunner, who has shown lifelong dedication to public history and a commitment to education,” said Veronica N. Gonzales, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. “The Museum of New Mexico Board of Regents has already formalized the search committee and a national search will be conducted.”

  • 02/05/14 Ranching in the 22nd Century: How We Get from Here to There

    Drought has descended on the Southwest for the last several years, leaving most of New Mexico’s agricultural land in conditions that demand new ways of thinking. Ranches have traditionally been one of the state’s largest industries, and that rainless sky means tough choices for people who juggle land management and environmental change. Many of them are adapting successfully, though, by reevaluating land use in creative ways. Their efforts help keep the legacy of the cowboy alive. As part of the ongoing exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined, join us for a panel discussion on “Ranching in the 22nd Century: How We Get from Here to There,” at 2 pm on Sunday, March 2, in the History Museum auditorium. Moderated by Courtney White, founder and creative director of the Quivira Coalition, panelists will address the issues facing ranchers in the current drought and the prospect of ranching in the future with a deeper understanding of environmental conditions.