New Mexico History Museum

February Fun at the New Mexico History Museum

January 20, 2015


Friday, February 6, 5:30–7 pm: “Be Mine,” a Free First Friday event

Bring your crafting skills to make old-timey Valentines, inspired by historic cards from the collection with a variety of Victorian-inspired papers. Kids and families welcome. This event is part of the exhibit Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past.

Download images from the exhibit by clicking here.

Sunday, February 8, 2–4 pm, Make a Camera Obscura

Join Santa Fe educator, photographer and camera obscura developer Jackie Mathey for a family workshop on building a take-home tabletop camera obscura that can be used as a drawing aid. Explore how light moves and images are formed. Travel in your imagination to the age of the Renaissance where devices like these were used by artists. This event is part of the exhibit Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography. It’s free, but class size is limited. Make a reservation by calling 505-476-5087.

Download images of the handmade camera obscuras by clicking here.

Sunday, February 15, 2–4 pm: Pinhole photography lecture and workshop

Canadian photographer Donald Lawrence, renowned for his underwater images made from Rube Goldberg-like cameras, speaks in the auditorium and then shows how to make a camera obscura in the Palace Courtyard. His talk, “Art, Optics and the Wilderness,” covers his Underwater Pinhole Photography Project, the forthcoming Midnight Sun Camera Obscura Festival in the Yukon, and other works that combine his interests in wilderness experience, art-making, early optical history, and the relationship between learning and play. Following the lecture, join Lawrence in the Courtyard for a demonstration that just might ignite your newest hobby. The event, part of the exhibit Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents. Children 16 and under are free daily.

Download a high-resolution version of one of Lawrence’s images by clicking here.

Wednesday, February 18, noon: Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture, “Lozen, Apache Warrior Woman”

John McWilliams, author of New Mexico: A Glimpse into an Enchanted Land (Inkwell Productions, 2014), talks about the sister of Apache leader Victorio, who herself fought alongside both Nana and Geronimo. A free event in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors.

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