FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2023
Santa Fe, NM — New Mexico Museum of Art and Museum of International Folk Art are featured prominently in the award-winning series Craft in America, episode MINIATURES. MOIFA will host the national premiere screening of the newest episode followed by a panel discussion. The screening and panel discussion will take place in the museum’s Vernick Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 2-4 p.m. Free museum admission all day, including to the screening and panel discussion, is generously sponsored by Craft in America.
MINIATURES explores the world of tiny objects and the artists who make them. From folk art to marionettes to tiny furniture, the artists of MINIATURES reveal what motivates them to work at a scale that demands a masterful attention to detail.
New Mexico artists and organizations figure prominently in MINIATURES, which includes segments on Alexander Girard’s spectacular invented world housed in the Museum of International Folk Art’s Girard Wing; beloved New Mexico artist Gustave Baumann’s marionettes from the collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art; and International Folk Art Market artists who work at a diminutive scale, including Cuban artist Leandro Gómez Quintero, who creates small-scale, painstakingly detailed re-creations of vehicles using found materials.
The panel discussion will feature some of the individuals interviewed in the MINIATURES episode: Laura Addison, Museum of International Folk Art; Stuart Ashman, Artes de Cuba Gallery; Nadia Hamid, International Folk Art Market; Thomas Leech, retired, New Mexico History Museum; and Maureen Russell, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Patricia Bischetti, executive producer and director of “Craft in America,” will facilitate the panel discussion. For more information visit: https://moifa.org/event/details/5730/2023/12/national-premiere-screening-of-the-pbs-award-winning-series
About the Museum of International Folk Art
The Museum of International Folk Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the International Folk Art Foundation and Museum of New Mexico Foundation. The mission of the Museum of International Folk Art is to shape a humane world by connecting people through creative expression and artistic traditions. The museum holds the largest collection of international folk art in the world, numbering more than 160,000 objects from more than 100 countries.
About New Mexico Museum of Art
New Mexico Museum of Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs. Programs and exhibits are supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its donors. The mission of the Museum of Art is to create authentic experiences that foster a deeper understanding and enjoyment of art throughout our state. With a collection of more than 20,000 pieces of work, the museum brings the art of the world to New Mexico and the art of New Mexico to the world.
About Craft in America
“Craft in America” is the Peabody Award–winning and Emmy-nominated documentary series that discovers the beauty, significance and relevance of handmade objects and the artists who make them. “Craft in America” staff and film crew traveled to New Mexico twice, in 2022, for filming of the MINIATURES episode. The public broadcast of MINIATURES on PBS will take place on December 29, 2023 (check local listings). All episodes are available for streaming on the PBS App, craftinamerica.org, and pbs.org/craftinamerica.