Museum New Year’s Holiday Closure
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Notice:The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors will be closed for New Year’s Day on Tuesday, January 01, 2019 only. We will re-open on Wednesday, January 02, 2019.
Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!
Jan 2, 2019
Blazing New Trails through New Mexico Historic Sites
New Mexico History Museum
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Friends of History Lecture Series
Please join Patrick Moore, Ph.D., Division Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs’ Historic Sites, for a talk on New Mexico’s Historic Sites preservation.
Free Auditorium event-Bottled water only please.
Join us for a free public opening of Community Through Making from Peru to New Mexico/ Comunidad a través de la Creación De Perú a Nuevo México , Gallery of Conscience
Join us for our the first of our annual storytelling tradition. This session will feature Seidel Standing Elk, a talented author and artist. Mr. Standing Elk will run the program twice - once at 2pm, and again at 3pm. Choose either time!
Join us as we continue our popular Pueblo pottery series, this month featuring Jicarilla Apache artist Dina Velarde.
A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, where she received a BA in Museum Studies, Velarde parlayed her experiences into her position at MIAC (education assistant), which affords her the opportunity to work with schools and other youth groups visiting the museum. “My lifelong study of the arts has allowed me to come full circle,” says Velarde. “Working at MIAC, I am now able to assist in creating art projects intertwined with the teaching of Native history, while being surrounded and learning from museum professionals.”
Velarde’s specialty is micaceous pottery, ranging from light golden honey hues to rich dark black, all with the glistening mica specks that are enhanced with traditional firing. All her work is done by hand following the traditions of her ancestors.
Her work has no doubt benefited from her AA in Studio Arts, which included painting, drawing, and photography – her other specialty. “Growing up on the Jicarilla reservation, I always had an appreciation for art, much being encouraged by my grandmother, who did bead work and basketry,” says Velarde. “It wasn’t until much later that I would come to focus on micaceous pottery and photography.”
MIAC Curators gather in the lobby of the Museum on the third Wednesay of each month awaiting whatever treasures may walk through the door. This is your opportunity to bring a family heirloom, something special from your collection, or a piece you know nothing about. Naturally, they prefer items from the American Southwest (in keeping with the museum’s focus), but they will check out anything you bring in.
Federal law prohibits curators from "appraising" any items, but they will direct you to appropriate resources. For more information, visit this page: http://indianartsandculture.org/lets-take-a-look.