• New Mexico History Museum | Jun 23, 2015

    Young Native Artists Show & Sale

    Start growing your collection of Native art at the Young Native Artists Show & Sale, July 4 and 5, in the Palace Courtyard from 9 am to 4 pm. Children and grandchildren of artists belonging to the Native American Artisans Program will show off their latest works of art, learn a few tricks of the customer-service trade, and potentially launch their careers. See the hand-crafted artwork, purchase refreshments, and strike up a conversation or two with artists who are growing and continuing to learn their craft. Admission is free through the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate on Lincoln Avenue, south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 10, 2015

    An Evening with William deBuys

    Award-winning author and conservationist William deBuys speaks on and signs copies of his latest book and joins us for a reception honoring the museum’s acquisition of his papers. The Fray Angélico Chávez History Library hosts this free event on Friday, June 19, 5:30–7:30 pm, in the museum auditorium, with light refreshments in the lobby.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 4, 2015

    Home Movies--Discovered, Collected, Preserved

    At 2 pm on Saturday, June 20, see archival films from the Old Santa Fe Association’s new collection, including gems filmed by Ernest Knee, culled from residents’ garages and closets and boasting little-known cinematic glimpses of life in northern New Mexico. The Palace of the Governors Photo Archives is partnering with OSFA to preserve the films, prime artifacts in a city long devoted to protecting its historic authenticity. A free event.

  • Summer of Color | Jun 3, 2015

    Downtown Santa Fe Museums Join Santa Fe’s Summer of Color

    As the “Summer of Color” kicks into high gear, the City Different’s Downtown museums are offering special exhibitions and programs, featuring a range of colors from a sunset’s multi-hued grandeur to the adobe mud that coats most of our buildings. Participating institutions are the New Mexico Museum of Art; New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors; Georgia O’Keeffe Museum; and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 2, 2015

    Along the Pecos, a photo and sound exhibition

    One of the staples of desert life is the presence—or scarcity—of water. Its importance can be seen across eastern New Mexico, where the Pecos River strives to quench a fragile, 926-mile riparian environment. Along the Pecos, a collage of photographs and sounds, opens June 19 on the second floor of the New Mexico History Museum. Developed by photographer Jennifer Schlesinger and the late composer Steven M. Miller, the materials were recently donated to the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, whose Photo Legacy Project collects the work of contemporary photographers.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jun 1, 2015

    The June-July edition of the History Museum Times

    Summer camp caught our fancy this month, and we’re itching to hit the road and visit some of State Historic Sites. Learn what’s new at the New Mexico History Museum. Click here to download a PDF.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 14, 2015

    June fun at the History Museum

    Go to summer camp. Remember the Alvarado Hotel. See home movies. Find "the last unicorn"—and more. We’ve got something for everyone in the family this June at the New Mexico History Museum.

  • Coronado Historic Site | May 14, 2015

    Rediscover Coronado Historic Site

    Celebrating 75 years: May 29, 1940 to May 30, 2015 On Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 5pm, Coronado Historic Site celebrates its 75 th anniversary, but the site’s importance originates two millennia ago when people were living and farming in th ...

  • Lincoln Historic Site | May 7, 2015

    Lincoln Historic Site opens new Children’s Exhibit

    Have you ever wondered what it was like to grow up in Lincoln County in the 1880s? Find out when the Lincoln Historic Site opens its new exhibit If You Were Growing Up in 1800s Lincoln. The items featured in the exhibit, objects and clothing used by children in the 1880s highlights the show’s theme, “Please Touch!” The exhibition opens Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 10 a.m.

  • El Camino Real Historic Trail Site | May 7, 2015

    El Camino Real Historic Trail Site hosts its first Fiber Fair

    El Camino Real Historic Trail Site hosts its first Fiber Fair, Saturday May 23, 2015. The event is free and runs from 10 am to 4 pm.

    This Fiber Fair celebrates New Mexico’s rich and storied fiber arts tradition, featuring Native and traditional Pueblo artists demonstrating the use of cotton, yucca, wool, and other materials in both textiles and basketry. Other traditions demonstrated will be Spanish, and early and contemporary American fiber arts. Among them; quilting and felting, and two with related, fun kids’ hands-on activities—wool preparation (dyeing, carding, spinning) and Spanish Colcha embroidery.

  • New Mexico History Museum | May 4, 2015

    Time Trekkers Summer Camp at the New Mexico History Museum

    Take a weeklong trip to action-packed 1863 at the New Mexico History Museum’s summer camp, Time Trekkers. Children 9-11 will enjoy VIP access to the museum and get daily doses of hands-on learning—braiding horsehair bracelets, gathering a picnic lunch at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, practicing calligraphy, roping a calf dummy, hand-stitching their own book, playing old-time games and more. The camp takes place 10 am–4 pm, Monday–Friday, June 15–19. Cost is $125 (10 percent discount to children and grandchildren of Museum of New Mexico Foundation members). Space is limited. For info on how to register by June 1, contact René Harris at rene.harris@state.nm.us or Melanie LaBorwit at melanie.laborwit@state.nm.us.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 30, 2015

    Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift

    Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, April 17, 2015 and runs through August 16, 2015. The twenty-eight works on view are artists working in California and New Mexico who took an experimental approach to abstraction through materials and process.

     

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 24, 2015

    Art on the Edge 2015 announces winner of the FOCA+P prize

    Seven contemporary artists from the Southwest are featured in the juried show, Art on the Edge 2015, presented by the New Mexico Museum of Art and its support group, Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography. The artists, who were selected by Nora Burnett Abrams of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, are Jill Christian, Will Clift, Danae Falliers, Ian Fisher, Sarah McKenzie, Chris Oatey, and Kate Rivers. Art on the Edge 2015 opened to the public on April 17, 2015 and the exhibition runs through August 16, 2015. The FOCA+P prize of $5,000 was awarded to artist Chris Oatey, as designated by juror Nora Burnett Abrams and curatorial staff of the New Mexico Museum of Art.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 24, 2015

    Mark Your Calendar: New Mexico Museum of Art announces date for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

    National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Apr 24, 2015

    The Red That Colored the World Public Programs

    Exhibition Dates: May 17 to September 13, 2015 OPENING CELEBRATION, Sunday May 17, 2015, 1-4pm OPENING EVENTS SUNDAY MAY 17, 2015 1 to 2pm Lecture by Elena Phipps, President, Textile Society of America presents "Cochineal Red: The Global histor ...

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 24, 2015

    Mark Your Calendar: New Mexico Museum of Art announces date for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

    New Mexico Museum of Art, recently named New Mexico’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour, is pleased to announce that the First Folio will be on view to the public February 5-28, 2016.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 21, 2015

    Revisiting Ken Burns’ “The Civil War”

    The 1990 release of The Civil War, a nine-part documentary, not only brought new attention to our nation’s greatest crisis, but also revolutionized the art form. Film editor and post-production supervisor Paul Barnes worked hand-in-hand with Ken Burns on the series, which earned numerous awards. The two have since made other landmark documentaries.

    On Friday, May 8, at 6 pm, Barnes will show re-cut clips from The Civil War to detail their experience and describe how they remastered the series in high definition for a 25th-anniversary airing on PBS stations this September. Barnes will speak at the historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, which is graciously partnering with the museum on this event. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10. The presentation is part of the programming series for the History Museum exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War, opening May 1, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Opera’s debut of Cold Mountain this August.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 17, 2015

    To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait

    May 1 through July 26, 2015

    Longtime Santa Fe resident Gay Block’s photography is internationally recognized for its fearless exploration of personal identity issues—gender, class, religion, familial relationships, and sexual orientation. A survey of more than forty of her works from 1975 to 2012 in To Feel Less Alone: Gay Block, A Portrait, opens Friday, May 1, 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Art.  The exhibition runs through July 26, 2015.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 17, 2015

    Photo Lab #4

    The fourth in a series of “Photo Lab” installations opens Friday, May 1, 2015 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Featured will be photographs from the collection made with two historic processes. The first are cyanotypes—cyan meaning blue--are “bluish” images (think blueprints); the other are albumen prints—albumen meaning egg white—are photographs made using a combination of egg white and specific chemicals. Both of these processes were popular in the nineteenth-century and the examples on view will be by early practitioners including Francis Frith, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Arthur Wesley Dow. These processes have been revived by contemporary artists—such as Rita Dewitt, Betty Hahn, Robin Hill, Jennifer Schlesinger, Nancy Sutor, and Zoë Zimmerman–whose work is exhibited alongside these earlier masters.

    Photo Lab #4 is part of the final installment of “Focus on Photography” series. The free to the public opening is on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 5.30 p.m.  Photo Lab #4 runs through July 26 2015.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 16, 2015

    May Events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    From the Civil War to the Gila River, Harvey Girls and more, there’s something for everyone this month. Most events are free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. May 1: Opening of Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil WarMay 3: Decorate the Divine, a family art-making event. May 6: A Brainpower & Brownbags lecture on the Gila Bioregion. May 8: Revisiting The Civil War, the Ken Burns’ classic documentary. May 23: Harvey Girls Day. May 31: A performance by Schola Cantorum and a panel discussion on restoring the 1785 Roque Lobato House.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 14, 2015

    Fire Season

    Fire Season is the fourth and final group exhibition in the Focus on Photography series, a year-long examination of the influential and ever-changing medium of photography. The exhibition opens Friday, May 1 at 5.30 p.m. with a free public reception and runs through July 26, 2015. This group show of fifteen photographs includes work by Jane Fulton Alt, Patricia Galagan, Philip Metcalf, Larry Schwarm, and Greg Mac Gregor.

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Apr 9, 2015

    Traditional Pots and Provocations

    Provocative program on pottery announced The Museum of International Folk Art presents a dialogue on Southern pottery featuring leading ceramic writer and commentator Garth Clark and prominent North Carolina potters Mark Hewitt and Matt Jone ...

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 9, 2015

    Art on the Edge 2015

    Seven contemporary artists from the Southwest will be featured in the Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography’s juried exhibition, Art on the Edge, hosted by the New Mexico Museum of Art. The artists, selected by Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at MCA Denver.

    ART ON THE EDGE 2015 participating artists: Jill Christian, Will Clift, Danae Falliers, Ian Fisher, Sarah McKenzie, Chris Oatey, and Kate Rivers.

    The exhibition opens Friday, April 17, 2015 with a free public reception and runs through August 16, 2015.

    Juror Statement:

    Surveying recent art from the region, Art on the Edge celebrates the myriad ways artists are working today. Painting, photography, collage, and sculpture are but a few highlights of these western artists’ creative practices. Culled from nearly 300 submissions, the seven artists represented here demonstrate both a deep connection to their immediate environments, as well as a remove from the exigencies of daily life. Taken together, the works indicate how these artists engage a rich diversity of approaches and a broad range of content to produce artworks that employ traditional techniques as much as they embrace the pace and spirit of contemporary life. Whether they are invigorating landscape photography or sky-scape painting — or even playing with color tonalities — the works on view make clear that these regional artists are pushing the boundaries of their chosen medium or subject matter and advancing the long-held notion of the West as a site of continual creative expansion and exploration. Nora Burnett Abrams Curator, MCA Denver

     

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Apr 9, 2015

    Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift

    Material Matters: Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, April 17, 2015 and runs through August 16, 2015. The twenty-eight works on view are artists working in California and New Mexico who took an experimental approach to abstraction through materials and process.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 1, 2015

    The April-May edition of the History Museum Times

    Hot off the interwebs, it’s all the latest news from the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors. Discover a flag that saw action at the Civil War’s Battle of Glorieta Pass. Take a slow ride on a horse-drawn hearse. Dance! All that and more. Click here to download a PDF.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Apr 1, 2015

    Explore the Civil War in New Mexico

    Civil War battles raged across America’s northern and southern states as Texas Confederates launched a plot: Head north and west through the New Mexico Territory with hopes of seizing California’s goldfields and sea ports. In 1862, battles erupted in Mesilla, Valverde, and Glorieta. Confederate forces briefly occupied the Palace of the Governors. Despite such victories, breaks in supply chains forced the Texans to retreat. In the History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery, May 1 through Feb. 26, 2016, three curators join forces for the exhibition, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek, 19th- and 20th-Century Southwest Collections Curator Meredith Davidson, and Palace Press Curator Thomas Leech approach the subject from different angles and invite visitors to consider the possible meanings behind the fragments of memories on exhibit and how a long-gone war still defines us as Americans.

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Mar 22, 2015

    Face jugs of the American South: Lecture

    Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm. John Burrison will give a lecture on the history of this Southern tradition at 1pm, followed by a face jug demonstration by Georgia potter Mike Craven. The programs are in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Mar 17, 2015

    April Fun at the History Museum

    Take part in the debut of CreativeMornings’ latest chapter. Learn more about the Santuario de Chimayo, Fred Harvey artisans, and pinhole photography. Plus: It’s the annual return of the Historical Downtown Walking Tours, Monday through Saturday, April 13 through Oct. 17.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Mar 14, 2015

    Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography

    In an age when every cell phone can take a respectable picture, cameras as low-tech as an oatmeal box still beguile a legion of practitioners, both artistic and documentarian. With roots in the ancient discovery of the camera obscura, pinhole photography has enchanted artists from the 1880s through today. Opening April 27 (through January 10, 2016), Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography, in the Herzstein Gallery of the New Mexico History Museum, explores a historical art form that exemplifies thoroughly contemporary ideals: Do-it-yourself handmade technology with a dash of steampunk style.

    Nearly 225 photographs and 40 cameras show how a light-tight box pierced by a hole and holding a piece of old-school film can reveal alternate versions of reality. At heart, photography is a method of capturing the way that light plays upon objects, the seen and the unseen—a visual form of poetry that extends beyond a literal representation whenever pinhole cameras are involved.

    Poetics of Light offers a premiere of original prints by photographers from around the world. Drawn from the holdings of the Pinhole Resource Collection, the body of work was amassed by co-curators Eric Renner and Nancy Spencer in San Lorenzo, in New Mexico’s Mimbres Valley. In 2012, seeking a permanent repository and impressed by the capabilities of the Photo Archives at the Palace of the Governors, the couple donated the collection—more than 6,000 photographs, 60 cameras and hundreds of books—to the New Mexico History Museum.

  • Coronado Historic Site | Mar 11, 2015

    Early Native American Easel Art in New Mexico: The Dorothy Dunn Collection

    The exhibition Early Native American Easel Art in New Mexico just opened at the Coronado Historic Site and runs through February 2016. Featured are seventeen prints of original water color paintings lent by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Dorothy Dunn Collection.

    Among the artists on view are Vidal Casiquito, Jr. and José Rey Toledo of Jemez, Gilbert Atencio of San Ildefonso, and Pablita Velarde of Santa Clara, as well as several pieces by Zia artist, Velino Shije Herrera, who in the early 1930s painted the murals in the reconstructed Kiva at the Coronado Site. Pueblo lifeways is the exhibition’s theme.

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