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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.

  • 03/17/15 April Fun at the History Museum

    Take part in the debut of CreativeMornings’ latest chapter. Learn more about the Santuario de Chimayo, Fred Harvey artisans, and pinhole photography. Plus: It’s the annual return of the Historical Downtown Walking Tours, Monday through Saturday, April 13 through Oct. 17.

  • 03/11/15 Early Native American Easel Art in New Mexico: The Dorothy Dunn Collection

    The exhibition Early Native American Easel Art in New Mexico just opened at the Coronado Historic Site and runs through February 2016. Featured are seventeen prints of original water color paintings lent by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Dorothy Dunn Collection. Among the artists on view are Vidal Casiquito, Jr. and José Rey Toledo of Jemez, Gilbert Atencio of San Ildefonso, and Pablita Velarde of Santa Clara, as well as several pieces by Zia artist, Velino Shije Herrera, who in the early 1930s painted the murals in the reconstructed Kiva at the Coronado Site. Pueblo lifeways is the exhibition’s theme.

  • 03/05/15 Photo Archives Obtains Rare Photo of New Mexico Frontiersmen

    The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives has acquired a rare carte de visite depicting Ceran St. Vrain, Dick Wootton and José Maria Valdez. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek obtained the ca. 1865 image from Cliff Mills, a photographer, collector and dealer who has sold his own and historical images on the Santa Fe Plaza for 20 years.

    Carte de visites were an early phenomena of photography. Mounted on cardstock, they could be given to friends or guests. That ease helped create a Victorian craze—“cardomania.” This particular carte de visite represents the first original photograph that the Photo Archives has of St. Vrain, a legendary frontiersman, military leader and wheat magnate. The museum has one small original photograph of “Uncle Dick” Wootton, and none of Valdez.

  • 02/26/15 New Mexico Museum of Art to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016

    The New Mexico Museum of Art has been selected as the host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The New Mexico Museum of Art will be the only New Mexico venue. Final touring dates for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will be announced in April 2015.

  • 02/24/15 Adobe Summer

    New Mexico’s iconic adobe buildings reveal the colors of the earth—pearly white, sandy tan, cinnamon red, chocolate brown and shades in-between. We all love our turquoise skies, but when we build a home, the color of adobe surrounds us. One of the earliest and greenest building materials, adobe stretches back through millennia and around the globe. Like pottery, it reflects the maker’s identity, incorporating handprints and personal style. An exemplar of adobe construction is the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe. Its Spanish Pueblo Revival style carries elements of European, Mexican, American and Native American influence. Both a National Historic Landmark and, as of this year, a National Treasure, the Palace, like all adobe buildings, needs constant maintenance. A $1.5 million campaign is underway to raise the renovation money. Throughout the Summer of Color, the museum will heighten visitors’ understanding of adobe, the historical importance of this building medium, and how the Palace plays into that story.

  • 02/19/15 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.

  • 02/19/15 The New Mexico premiere of Sweet Georgia Brown

    In war and in peacetime, in theaters of conflict and on the home front, U.S. women have participated in our nation’s defense. Until recent years, those contributions have failed to attract much notice. Even less understood: the contributions of African-American women, who had to fight just for the right to serve. On Sunday, March 29, at 2 pm in the History Museum auditorium, see the New Mexico premiere of Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact, Courage, Sacrifice and Will, a documentary by Lawrence E. Walker of PureHistory Films. A celebration of National Women’s History Month, the event will include remarks by Walker; retired Army Brigadier Gen. Jack R. Fox, secretary of the state Department of Veterans’ Services; and Lt. Col. Pam Gaston, representing Women Veterans of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization providing support services. The event is free with museum admission. Sundays are free to NM residents. Seating is limited, but you can make a reservation by calling (505) 476-5152.

  • 02/17/15 Outstanding Women, Black Pioneers, Classical Music: March events at the History Museum

    March 6: "New Mexico Women’s Clubs: Civic Pioneers," a Free First Friday Evening talk by historian Pat Farr. March 11: "Black Pioneers on Route 66," a Brainpower & Brownbags lecture by National Park Service historian Frank Norris. March 15: 18th-century harpsichord music by Susan Patrick. March 29: Screening of Sweet Georgia Brown, a documentary about African-American women in World War II.

  • 02/16/15 Santa Fe Galleries Join the Summer of Color

    As Museum Hill’s Summer of Color prepares to launch, galleries throughout Santa Fe have joined the excitement. See who’s doing what and get ready to immerse yourself in the colors of the rainbow throughout the summer of 2015. Learn more about the Summer of Color by clicking here.

  • 02/16/15 Santa Fe Mayor Proclaims 2015 the Summer of Color

    Six of Santa Fe’s leading cultural institutions located on the beautiful Museum Hill kick off summer 2015 with joint exhibitions and programming in what Mayor Javier Gonzales proclaimed today as the Summer of Color. They were joined by other museums and Santa Fe galleries. Together, the bounty of exhibits and events promises to turn Santa Fe a rainbow of colors for the summer of 2015. Download a copy of the proclamation by clicking here.

  • 02/16/15 Collaborative program brings the arts to people with memory illnesses

    The nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP) and a growing consortium of Santa Fe-based arts and cultural institutions are joining forces to help people living with memory loss, along with their care partners, friends and the public. Each month, the Community-in-Residence program will open the doors at a different institution for an hour-long session of creativity, playfulness and learning. The program launches on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 9 to 10 am, at the George O’Keeffe Museum, and moves to the Museum of International Folk Art on Tuesday, March 24, at 10:30 am. Future events will be announced soon. A highlight of the event will be the creation of a new poem set to music inspired by the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe. The series includes light refreshments and is free and open to the public with registration. For a reservation, please write gary@alzpoetry.com.

  • 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 opens Colors of the Southwest, March 6 through September 13, 2015, to coincide with the "Summer of Color" taking place on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. Colors of the Southwest will encompass an array of art created from the early 20th century to the present and will include paintings, photographs, prints, watercolors, and ceramics.

  • 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.

  • 01/01/15 ALLAN HOUSER CENTENNIAL TRIBUTE SHOWCASES MONUMENTAL WORKS BY THE ACCLAIMED SCULPTOR AND HIS DEVOTEES AT MIAC

    Internationally collected and admired worldwide as a sculptor, painter, and teacher, Allan Houser (1914-1994) is back in the Santa Fe spotlight in a major way this summer on the 100th anniversary of his birth. Five monumental artworks by the famed Chiricahua Apache sculptor will be displayed in the exhibit Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC), accompanied by an assortment of life-size and monumental sculptures by notable artists who either studied with Houser at IAIA, worked with him at his studio, and/or were influenced by him. For high resolution media images please contact Steve Cantrell.

  • 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.