New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico Museum of Art 100th Birthday Event November 25, 2017

November 12, 2017


(Santa Fe, NM) --- New Mexico’s artistic past, present and future converge during 2017 as the New Mexico Museum of Art celebrates its 100th birthday! As part of this historic reopening, the Museum of Art also unveils three new exhibitions.

On November 25, 2017, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that historic first day, as well as the century since, the Museum will host a free, all ages, day-long birthday event from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Museum, on the surrounding streets, as well as on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Points of interest during the party include: First 100 visitors who come in 1917-1920s costumes win a prize courtesy of the NM Museum of Art Shop; Meet costumed interpreters dressed as artists from the past who will be roaming the galleries and talking about artwork on view. Characters will include Georgia O’Keeffe, Laura Gilpin, Will Schuster, and a few surprise guests.

Photo booth with costumes and props in the lobby of Museum from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Visitors can participate in art making activities including the making of an Artrageous birthday hat, birthday card or decorate paper 100-year eyewear. Conversations with Curators: Hear about works of art, recent acquisitions and new installations on tours with Museum curators. Meet the museum curators for a brief introduction to each exhibition.

11:30  Horizons: People & Place in New Mexican ArtChristian Waguespack, Curator of 20th Century Art. Drawn primarily from the New Mexico Museum of Art’s extensive collection, Horizons shows the wide and dynamic range of styles, personalities, cultures, and forms that visual creative expression took here in the 20th century.

12:30   Contact: Local to GlobalMerry Scully, Head of Curatorial and Curator of Contemporary Art.  Contact: Local to Global highlights the engagement of artists with New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Art with artists and collectors, and New Mexico’s engagement with the national and international arts community. Featuring the work of artists who have lived and worked in the region, works made in New Mexico and significant works with a connection to art in New Mexico, as well as artworks which address the broader issues of land, location and environment, the exhibition includes art by Bruce Nauman, Agnes Martin, Frederick Hammersley, Susan York, Postcommodity, Ati Maier and Yorgo Alexopoulos, among others.

1:30    Shifting Light: Photographic Persepectives: Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography. Shifting Light offers a twenty-first century perspective on the museum’s long-term engagement with the popular medium of photography. Using portraits and oral histories, the show introduces some of the personalities in New Mexico’s twentieth-century photography scene, including Laura Gilpin, Ansel Adams, Thomas Barrow, Anne Noggle and Joyce Neimanas, among many.

Get an earful of music and an eye full of art beginning at 11:00 am with the Shiners Club Band performing a Tableau Vivant and playing early 20th century jazz. Mariachi Sonidos del Monte from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Theatrical and dance performances on the stage of St. Francis Auditorium, 11:00 am - New Mexico School of The Arts; Noon -       The Pueblo of Pojoaque Youth Hoop Dancers, 1:00 pm -National Institute of Flamenco Niños Flamencos with live musical accompaniment  by Teeños, vocalist Eva Encinias and guitarist Eloy Gonzales.

  • Wonder on Wheels Mobile Museum – featuring a Dinosaur exhibit from the New Mexico Museum of Natural History will be parked on the Plaza

  • Santa Claus makes a special appearance in a Lowrider

  • On the streets around the Museum, check out vintage cars, lowriders and AXLE Contemporary with artist and TAROT Reader Lisa De St. Croix  

  • At 3:00 pm, local dignitaries will give a tribute the Museum of Art and wish us a Happy 100th birthday and Jorge Espino will lead the crowd in a birthday song

  • Cake will be served outside of the Museum beginning at 3:30 p.m.=

  • FREE parking available at the PERA parking lot 1120 Paseo de Peralta with free shuttles to the Museum from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm,  and at the Santa Fe Convention Center.

From the presentation of the museum’s collection to once-in-a-lifetime events—there is something for everyone during the Museum of Art’s centennial year. And because birthdays are all about surprises, a few of those are planned too. 

Additionally, the Museum has engaged the services of a video crew to document people’s stories about how the Museum of Art has impacted their lives.  

The Museum and the Department of Cultural Affairs are grateful to the city for its contributions to the celebration and we look forward to working together on this historic occasion.



About the New Mexico Museum of Art:    Founded in 1917 as the Art Gallery of the Museum of New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Art has been presenting innovative arts programming in downtown Santa Fe for a century.  At its founding, the museum collected and exhibited artworks by noted artists from New Mexico and elsewhere. This tradition continues today with a wide array of exhibitions and a significant collection featuring work from the world’s leading artists. Today, as at its founding, the Museum of Art strives to bring the art of New Mexico to the world and the art of the world to New Mexico. Museum exhibitions and programs are supported by donors to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and its Director’s Leadership Fund, Exhibitions Development Fund, and Fund for Museum Education. A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. 107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, just off the downtown Plaza in Santa Fe, NM 87501. 24 Hr. Recorded Message: (505) 476-5072; Front desk: (505) 476-5041. Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’sEvents, news releases and images about activities at the History Museum and Palace of the Governors and other in divisions of the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at




Related Photos

Laura Gilpin, Campo Santo at El Valle, 1961, gelatin silver print, 9 1/2 7 5/8 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Laura Gilpin, 1970 (3036.23PH). Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
Jami Porter Lara, LDS-MHB-9SBR-0917CE-01, 2017, pit-fired foraged clay, 18 8 8 in. Photograph courtesy of Peters Projects.
Marsden Hartley, El Santo, 1919, oil on canvas, 36 32 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Anonymous gift from a friend of Southwest art, 1919 (523.23P). Photograph by Blair Clark.
Museum of Art: View of Exterior Room from Internal Window, Museum of Art Courtyard Photo (2) : Courtesy NM Department of Cultural Affairs;
Museum of Art: View of Courtyard Museum of Art Courtyard Photo (2) : Courtesy NM Department of Cultural Affairs;

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