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  • 04/24/15 Art on the Edge 2015 announces winner of the FOCA+P prize

    Seven contemporary artists from the Southwest are featured in the juried show, Art on the Edge 2015, presented by the New Mexico Museum of Art and its support group, Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography. The artists, who were selected by Nora Burnett Abrams of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, are Jill Christian, Will Clift, Danae Falliers, Ian Fisher, Sarah McKenzie, Chris Oatey, and Kate Rivers. Art on the Edge 2015 opened to the public on April 17, 2015 and the exhibition runs through August 16, 2015. The FOCA+P prize of $5,000 was awarded to artist Chris Oatey, as designated by juror Nora Burnett Abrams and curatorial staff of the New Mexico Museum of Art.

  • 04/24/15 Mark Your Calendar: New Mexico Museum of Art announces date for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

    National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

  • 04/24/15 The Red That Colored the World Public Programs

  • 04/21/15 Revisiting Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”

    The 1990 release of The Civil War, a nine-part documentary, not only brought new attention to our nation’s greatest crisis, but also revolutionized the art form. Film editor and post-production supervisor Paul Barnes worked hand-in-hand with Ken Burns on the series, which earned numerous awards. The two have since made other landmark documentaries. On Friday, May 8, at 6 pm, Barnes will show re-cut clips from The Civil War to detail their experience and describe how they remastered the series in high definition for a 25th-anniversary airing on PBS stations this September. Barnes will speak at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, which is graciously partnering with the museum on this event. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. The presentation is part of the programming series for the History Museum exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War, opening May 1, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera’s debut of Cold Mountain this August.

  • 04/17/15 To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait

    May 1 through July 26, 2015 Longtime Santa Fe resident Gay Block’s photography is internationally recognized for its fearless exploration of personal identity issues—gender, class, religion, familial relationships, and sexual orientation. A survey of more than forty of her works from 1975 to 2012 in To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait, opens Friday, May 1, 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Art.  The exhibition runs through July 26, 2015.

  • 04/17/15 Photo Lab #4

    The fourth in a series of “Photo Lab” installations opens Friday, May 1, 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Featured will be photographs from the collection made with two historic processes. The first are cyanotypes—cyan meaning blue--are “bluish” images (think blueprints); the other are albumen prints—albumen meaning egg white—are photographs made using a combination of egg white and specific chemicals. Both of these processes were popular in the nineteenth-century and the examples on view will be by early practitioners including Francis Frith, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Arthur Wesley Dow. These processes have been revived by contemporary artists—such as Rita Dewitt, Betty Hahn, Robin Hill, Jennifer Schlesinger, Nancy Sutor, and Zoë Zimmerman–whose work is exhibited alongside these earlier masters. Photo Lab #4 is part of the final installment of “Focus on Photography” series. The free to the public opening is on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5.30 p.m.  Photo Lab #4 runs through July 26 2015.

  • 04/16/15 May Events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    From the Civil War to the Gila River, Harvey Girls and more, there’s something for everyone this month. Most events are free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. May 1: Opening of Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil WarMay 3: Decorate the Divine, a family art-making event. May 6: A Brainpower & Brownbags lecture on the Gila Bioregion. May 8: Revisiting The Civil War, the Ken Burns’ classic documentary. May 23: Harvey Girls Day. May 31: A performance by Schola Cantorum and a panel discussion on restoring the 1785 Roque Lobato House.

  • 04/14/15 Fire Season

    Fire Season is the fourth and final group exhibition in the Focus on Photography series, a year-long examination of the influential and ever-changing medium of photography. The exhibition opens Friday, May 1 at 5.30 p.m. with a free public reception and runs through July 26, 2015. This group show of fifteen photographs includes work by Jane Fulton Alt, Patricia Galagan, Philip Metcalf, Larry Schwarm, and Greg Mac Gregor.

  • 04/09/15 Traditional Pots and Provocations

  • 04/09/15 Art on the Edge 2015

    Seven contemporary artists from the Southwest will be featured in the Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography’s juried exhibition, Art on the Edge, hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Art. The artists, selected by Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at MCA Denver. ART ON THE EDGE 2015 participating artists: Jill Christian, Will Clift, Danae Falliers, Ian Fisher, Sarah McKenzie, Chris Oatey, and Kate Rivers. The exhibition opens Friday, April 17, 2015 with a free public reception and runs through August 16, 2015. Juror Statement: Surveying recent art from the region, Art on the Edge celebrates the myriad ways artists are working today. Painting, photography, collage, and sculpture are but a few highlights of these western artists’ creative practices. Culled from nearly 300 submissions, the seven artists represented here demonstrate both a deep connection to their immediate environments, as well as a remove from the exigencies of daily life. Taken together, the works indicate how these artists engage a rich diversity of approaches and a broad range of content to produce artworks that employ traditional techniques as much as they embrace the pace and spirit of contemporary life. Whether they are invigorating landscape photography or sky-scape painting — or even playing with color tonalities — the works on view make clear that these regional artists are pushing the boundaries of their chosen medium or subject matter and advancing the long-held notion of the West as a site of continual creative expansion and exploration. Nora Burnett Abrams Curator, MCA Denver  

  • 04/09/15 Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift

    Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, April 17, 2015 and runs through August 16, 2015. The twenty-eight works on view are artists working in California and New Mexico who took an experimental approach to abstraction through materials and process.

  • 04/01/15 The April-May edition of the History Museum Times

    Hot off the interwebs, it’s all the latest news from the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Discover a flag that saw action at the Civil War’s Battle of Glorieta Pass. Take a slow ride on a horse-drawn hearse. Dance! All that and more. Click here to download a PDF.

  • 04/01/15 Explore the Civil War in New Mexico

    Civil War battles raged across America’s northern and southern states as Texas Confederates launched a plot: Head north and west through the New Mexico Territory with hopes of seizing California’s goldfields and sea ports. In 1862, battles erupted in Mesilla, Valverde, and Glorieta. Confederate forces briefly occupied the Palace of the Governors. Despite such victories, breaks in supply chains forced the Texans to retreat. In the History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery, May 1 through Feb. 26, 2016, three curators join forces for the exhibition, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek, 19th- and 20th-Century Southwest Collections Curator Meredith Davidson, and Palace Press Curator Thomas Leech approach the subject from different angles and invite visitors to consider the possible meanings behind the fragments of memories on exhibit and how a long-gone war still defines us as Americans.

  • 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.