- 12/03/13 New Mexico History Museum newsletter: December-January
Meet the new kids on the block, check out a cool education program, find out what artist Kumi Yamashita is up to, map out your holiday events. All that and more in the December-January edition 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=291) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.
- 11/18/13 Holiday Events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors
The 29th annual Christmas at the Palace kicks off a weekend’s worth of holiday-themed events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Infuse your holidays with a dose of tradition: Friday, December 13, 5:30–8 pm, Christmas at the Palace Performances by local musicians (see schedule, below), piñatas, hot cider and cookies, craft-making activities, a chance to operate an antique printing press, and quality time with Santa and Mrs. Claus highlight this free event. (Donations of non-perishable foods are encouraged to help brighten other people’s holidays.) Saturday, December 14, 10–4 pm, and Sunday, December 15, 10 am–3 pm, Young Native Artists Holiday Show & Sale Come to the Meem Community Room to see what the children and grandchildren of the Palace Portal artists have created for your holiday gift-giving. Get it on the ground floor of collecting from the next generation of Native artists. Admission is free through the Washington Avenue doors. Sunday, December 15, 5:30–7 pm, Las Posadas Bundle up for the granddad of Santa Fe’s holiday celebrations. This recreation of Joseph and Mary’s search for an inn carries participants around the Plaza, where rooftop “devils” drive them on their way. Everyone finally gains admission into the Palace Courtyard for hot cider, cookies and carols. A free event.
- 10/27/13 A Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Triumph
A 1974 Triumph TRB decorated by Hopi Tewa artist Dan Namingha and nine other Native American artists is parked in the lobby of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), a symbol of a broadened approach by the museum to create partnerships with other area institutions that share a mission in honoring and perpetuating Native art and education. The 1974 Triumph was donated this summer by Dr. Elizabeth Sackler, the founder and president of the American Indian Ritual Object Reparation Foundation and a key figure in arts education and philanthropy. Sackler is the founding president of the Friends of the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Sackler also is responsible for the gift of The Dinner Party by Judy Chicago to the Brooklyn Museum, where it is permanently installed in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Warrior and Dr. Sackler agreed the car was the perfect symbol of collaboration to mark the beginning of MIAC’s partnership with IAIA.
- 10/24/13 BRASIL & ARTE POPULAR
A fascinating range of unique and vibrant folk traditions are presented in BRASIL & ARTE POPULAR, an exhibition opening Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Museum of International Folk Art. The exhibition runs through August 10, 2014. This show will feature over 300 pieces from the museum’s rich Brazilian collection: woodblock prints, colorful ceramic and wood folk sculptures, toys and puppets, religious art, festival costumes, and more. The varied cultural mix found throughout the vast region of Brazil draws from the original indigenous inhabitants and from the Portuguese colonists who began to settle there in the sixteenth century. Enslaved Africans brought by the Europeans contributed their own religions and rituals, as well as vibrant music and dance. The curator, Barbara Mauldin, tells us that “eventually merging traditions created the dynamic cultural fusion that is so uniquely Brazilian.” The majority of work in the exhibit is from the twentieth century when the last vestiges of colonialism had faded. Then, folk artists found that they had more freedom to portray their history, folklore, and daily life. And, at last, religious practitioners could carry out their rituals openly, and festival performers were able to both draw from old traditions and use contemporary issues to create lively pageants and dramas. One type of performance, known as capoeira, will be presented at the opening on November 17, 2013, by Mestre Virgulino and his group, Capoeira Cordão do Ouro Cangaço. The opening is free to New Mexico residents, and to others by museum admission, between 1 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 17, 2013 with refreshments provided by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. Two public programs are currently scheduled. On Sunday, January 26, 2014 between 1 and 4 p.m. will be a “Festival Toy Making Workshop” where participants can try their hand at making an armadillo, a nationally favored animal and official mascot of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On Sunday, April 6, 2014 between 2 and 4 p.m. Frank and Pilar Leto and their band PANdemonium will perform the high-energy original music and dance for which they are well-known in both this country and abroad. Both events are open free to New Mexico residents, and to others by museum admission. High resolution images may be downloaded from the Museum of New Mexico Media Center here. Media Contacts: Steve Cantrell, PR Manager 505-476-1144 email@example.com Barbara Mauldin, Curator of Latin American Art 505-476-1222 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 10/08/13 Free Friday Evenings Are Changing from Weekly to Monthly
Starting Nov. 1, the New Mexico History Museum’s Free Friday Evenings will switch from every Friday to the first Friday of each month through April. Admission will be free from 5 to 8 pm for everyone on those evenings, and we’ll spice them up with casual staff-led gallery talks about special items in our long-term collections. Meet up with friends, learn a little something, then head onto dinner with the money you saved. The talks will be repeated at 5:30 and 6:30 each evening. Free Friday Evenings will resume their traditional weekly schedule May through October 2014.
- 10/07/13 An Evening with the Harvey Girls
This event is SOLD OUT. Thanks for your support! Fred Harvey all but invented cultural tourism, inspiring travel on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway that brought new life to the American West. From 4–7 pm on Sunday, Nov. 17, the New Mexico History Museum joins with KNME-TV and La Fonda on the Plaza to celebrate that legacy with a fund-raising event for the museum’s exhibitions and public programming funds. An Evening with the Harvey Girls begins with the premiere of Producer Katrina Parks’ new documentary, The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound, in the History Museum auditorium. Following the film, participants will enjoy an exclusive reception at La Fonda with Harvey House-inspired hors d’oeuvres and tours of newly renovated suites featuring the architectural and design legacies of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter. Special guests include Parks; former Harvey Girls; and Stephen Fried, author of a 2010 book about the Harvey empire, Appetite for America. Tickets are $80; $100 for reserved seating, and are available at the museum’s shops or by calling 505-982-9543. Ticket holders will also receive a complimentary set of note cards featuring historical Harvey images.
- 10/02/13 La Festividad de los Muertos /Lanii Xtee Tugul -- A Day of the Dead documentary
The Museum of International Folk Art will screen the documentary film, La Festividad de los Muertos /Lanii Xtee Tugul in the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors’ Auditorium on Wednesday, October 30 at 2 p.m. The film focuses on Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) or Todos Santos (All Souls) celebrations by members of today’s Zapotec community in Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico. The film highlights the enduring influence of the ancient Zapotecs’ cultural legacy, that is deeply rooted in pre-Hispanic indigenous cultures, in pagan, and in Catholic rituals (as it is throughout Latin America).
- 09/30/13 New Mexico History Museum newsletter: October-November 2013
Learn more about a special Harvey Girls event, new awards, a new book, and lots of great events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. iIt’s all in the latest edition of The Museum Times. Give it a read by clicking here (or log onto http://media.museumofnewmexico.org/press_releases.php?action=detail&releaseID=284) then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the page.
- 09/20/13 Celebrating Collections
Three exhibitions opening at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, September 20, 2013 examine the intent behind collecting art – from the perspectives of the museum and the private collector. Organized by three of the museum’s curators those exhibitions are:
- Collecting Is Curiosity/Inquiry, Laura Addison, Curator of Contemporary Art
- A Life in Pictures: Four Photography Collections, Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography
- 50 Works for 50 States: New Mexico; A Gift from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection, Merry Scully,Curator of Special Projects
- 09/15/13 Firing up FUZE.SW
Santa Fe’s first-ever food conference of its kind grew out of the exhibition. It will take place at the Museum of International Folk Art the weekend of November 8—10, 2013. James Beard Award-winning authors and chefs from across the US will gather with leading historians, archaeologists, cultural commentators, and folklorists to discuss and demonstrate how traditions and techniques from diverse heritages have intersected to create a culinary tradition uniquely New Mexican (and transported globally).
- 09/03/13 Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest
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.
- 08/29/13 Santa Fe Museums to Continue Monday Hours thru October 7
The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs’ four Santa Fe museums will continue to be open on Mondays through October 7, 2013. Historically, the four museums (New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors; New Mexico Museum of Art; Museum of International Folk Art; and Museum of Indian Arts & Culture) were only open on Mondays during the summer from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. “We are pleased to have our doors open on Mondays to attract and welcome numerous visitors including those here for the Balloon Fiesta,” said Cultural Affairs Secretary Veronica N. Gonzales. “The additional day will give our visitors an extra day each week to explore New Mexico through the exhibits at our four Santa Fe museums and discover New Mexico’s culture, art, and history.”
- 08/29/13 FUZE.SW - Food+Folklore Festival
An exploration of the dawn of world cuisine as we know—and consume it— today opened last year at the Museum of International Folk Art with New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más, on view through January 5, 2014. Digging deeper into the topics covered in New World Cuisine will be FUZE.SW 2013. Santa Fe’s first-ever food conference of its kind takes place at the Museum of International Folk Art the weekend of November 8—10, 2013. James Beard Award-winning authors and chefs from across the US will gather with leading historians, archaeologists, cultural commentators, and folklorists to discuss and demonstrate how traditions and techniques from diverse heritages have intersected to create a culinary tradition uniquely New Mexican (and transported globally).
- 08/15/13 Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain
The New Mexico Museum of Art is the only American venue for the exhibition Renaissance to Goya: Prints and Drawings from Spain that is literally rewriting the book on Spanish art. After the British Museum in London, the Prado in Madrid and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia the exhibition opens December 14, 2013 in Santa Fe and runs through March 9, 2014.
- 08/01/13 The August-September edition of the History Museum Times
Learn more about the History Museum’s upcoming Wild West Weekend. Meet our newest staffers. Check out the collections vault’s toys, toys, and more toys. It’s all in the latest edition of The Museum Times. Give it a read by clicking here, then tap on "download PDF" at the bottom of the next page.
- 07/22/13 Wild West Weekend: Unleash your inner cowboy
Immerse yourself in cowboy culture August 9—11 at the New Mexico History Museum’s Wild West Weekend, a special event celebrating the exhibition Cowboys Real and Imagined. Cowboy musicians and poets join trick ropers, saddle makers, silversmiths and more to provide three days of hands-on fun for the whole family. The events are free; the exhibition is by regular admission (Sundays free to NM residents, Friday evenings free to everyone, children 16 and under free daily).
- 07/10/13 Pride in the Saddle in New Mexico: The Story of Gay Rodeo
Gregory Hinton grew up in the cowboy country of Montana, Wyoming, and Colorado, but evacuated to a California more tolerant of him as a gay man, finally making peace with his roots thanks to gay rodeo. Blake Little showed up at his first gay rodeo in the 1980s intending only to take photographs, but became so enchanted that he eventually earned his spurs as a champion bull rider. Hinton and Little will talk about their experiences, joined by Brian Helander, founder and president of the Gay & Lesbian Rodeo Heritage Foundation, and renowned Santa Fe photographer Herb Lotz, on Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2 pm in the New Mexico History Museum Auditorium. “Pride in the Saddle in New Mexico: The Story of Gay Rodeo” is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents.
- 07/07/13 Letís Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS
HighLet’s Talk About This: Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDSopens in the Museum of International Folk Art’s Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience on July 7, 2013 in conjunction with the International Folk Art Market – Santa Fe. This is the fourth in a series of annual exhibitions in the gallery and runs through January 5, 2014.
- 06/26/13 From Baseball to Hippies, the Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series, 2013, Part 2
Experts on the early history of baseball, Mable Dodge Luhan, Edith Warner, and hippies will participate in the second half of the 2013 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series. Organized by Tomas Jaehn of the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library, the 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. Go to http://media.museumofnewmexico.org/press_releases.php?action=detail&releaseID=271 for details.
- 06/25/13 Yummy News: History Museum welcomes Dulce Bakery
Staffers of the New Mexico History Museum are delighted to welcome an offshoot of the popular dulce bakery + coffee to the museum’s Cowden Café. Now up and running, “dulce downtown” is operating a coffee shop and bakery/café in the museum’s second-floor space through this fall. The bakery serves sumptuous helpings of fresh-baked pastries, quiche, coffees and teas to customers eager for red velvet cupcakes, blueberry-ginger scones, banana-walnut muffins, bread pudding, lemon tarts, and cheesecake.