New Mexico History Museum

Printing, Music and Tattooes. Special events for “Painting the Divine”

June 24, 2014


From printing with a medieval-style to great music and the movie Tattoo Nation, the exhibit Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World (opening June 29) comes with a host of special events. Learn all about the exhibit by clicking here (or log onto Here’s the programing schedule, part of the History Museum’s commitment to lifelong learning. Need photos? Click here.

Saturday, July 19, 1–3 pm, Printing Our Lady, Gathering Space. Free with admission. Children 16 and under free daily. Bring the family and print a historic image of Our Lady on a replica medieval press.

Using a Bobcat Press built in the 1970s by Cedar Crest’s Richard Hicks, visitors will get a feel for how colonial artists found images to paint. Palace printers Tom Leech and James Bourland have selected an image of the Virgin investing St. Alphonso with a chasuble. In 1544, it was the first full-page woodcut printed in a book in the Americas by the first printer in Mexico, Juan Pablos. The book was Juan Gerson’s Tripartito del Christianissimo, and the original block was probably carved in Iberia. It was reproduced in a reduced size in Printing in Spanish Colonial America, by Hensley Woodbridge and Lawrence Thomson, 1976. (Palace Press collection).

Sunday, August 3, 2–4 pm, Schola Cantorum, museum lobby. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. Back by popular demand, Santa Fe’s Schola Cantorum performs “Echoes of Mary,” seldom-heard sacred music dedicated to Mary from the cathedrals of Mexico City and Cuba to the capillas of northern New Mexico. Schola was founded in 1990 by Dr. Billy Turney during his 25-year tenure as music director of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis. In 2013, Schola performed in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as well as basilicas in Venice and Florence. Next year, Schola plans a concert tour of Ireland.

Saturday–Sunday, September 27–28, 9:30–3 pm, Painting the Divine Symposium: Mary in the New World, museum auditorium. Free.

Learn more about the venerations of Mary in the Americas from scholars and art historians, including Maya Stanfield-Mazzi, Clara Bargellini, James Cordova, Jeanette Favrot Peterson, Tey Marianna Nunn, Kelly Donahue-Wallace, and Suzanne Stratton-Pruitt. Topics include the function and reception of Marian images in the Americas; monjas (nuns) and their use of Marian imagery in colonial Mexico; and dressed statue paintings in the Americas.

Sunday, October 5, 2–4 pm, Albuquerque Baroque Players, museum auditorium. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily.

A performance of 17th- and 18th-century chamber music from Italy, Germany and France by MaryAnn Shore (oboe and recorder), Mary Bruesch (viola da gamba) and Susan Patrick (harpsichord). The Aluquerque Baroque Players formed in 1997 and have since performed at the Fellowship Christian Reformed Church, the Historic Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales, the Cathedral Church of St. John, First United Methodist Church, the Albuquerque Museum, and the Albuquerque Public Library.

Sunday, November 2, 2–4 pm, Tattoo Nation, museum auditorium. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. See the 2013 documentary and hear from Director Eric Schwartz.

Tattoo images of saints and specifically images of the Virgin Mary are popular in Latino and contemporary culture, among men and women. Many early tattoo designs were copies of icons and paintings widely found in churches. Today, Virgin Mary tattoos come in a wide array of styles and designs, all of which are notable for their beautiful color composition, artistic quality, and dramatic effect. This documentary explores how sacred images have permeated the world of tattoos and what they mean and symbolize to the people who bare them. For more on the film, log onto

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 2–4 pm, 18th-Century Harpsichord Music, museum auditorium. Free with admission. Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily.

Susan Patrick performs and discusses 17th- and 18th-century chamber music from Italy, Germany and France. Patrick is an associate professor emerita in the Music Department at the University of New Mexico, where she taught classes in music history for 30 years. She has played with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, the Desert Chorale, Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Santa Fe Symphony, the Orchestra of the Duke, and other ensembles and is a founding member of the Albuquerque Baroque Players.

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