Museum of New Mexico Media Center Press Release

Santa Fes Colorful Legacy: Celebrating 100+ Years of Art, Culture, and History

New Mexico Museum of Art

January 12, 2018


Santa Fe’s Colorful Legacy: Celebrating 100+ Years of Art, Culture, and History, A Lecture Series in Partnershipwith the School for Advanced Research

For Immediate Release: Jan 12, 2018 (Santa Fe, NM) – In partnership with the School for Advanced Research (SAR), the New Mexico Museum of Art presents a series of public presentations in honor of the centennial celebration of the Museum of Art, SAR’s 110th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at SAR. These presentations will take place beginning in February 2018 and continue through October 2018.  

They will bring noted scholars and the public together in a dialogue that enhances the civic and cultural life of the citizens of New Mexico. Program themes will relate to the centennial exhibition at the New Mexico Museum of Art “Horizons: People and Place in 20th Century New Mexican Art,” and will focus on shared aspects of Native American art and architecture as seen at both the Museum and at SAR. The series runs from February 25-September 17, 2018. 

Public lectures and panel discussions take place at the New Mexico Museum of Art in the St. Francis Auditorium, 107 West Palace Avenue.

Following each lecture at the St. Francis Auditorium, SAR will offer tours of its world-class collection of Southwestern Native American art at the Indian Arts Research Center (IARC). Tours will take place at 3 pm at 660 Garcia Street and are limited to the first 30 people. $15 for non SAR members and free to SAR members.

Registration for the lectures and SAR tours are here: Registration for the historic home tour is at:

“Him Old Ruins”:  Edgar Lee Hewett and the Archaeology Pueblo Painting Public Lecture with Nancy Owen Lewis

Sunday, February 25, 2018

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

New Mexico Museum of Art in the St. Francis Auditorium

Tickets $10

Archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett had a profound impact on art as it developed in New Mexico and beyond. During the early 1900s, he established a school and two major museums in Santa Fe, today known as the School for Advanced Research, the Museum of New Mexico, and the New Mexico Museum of Art. In addition to training the first generation of southwestern archaeologists, he provided jobs and studio space for Santa Fe’s first resident artists and played a key role in the development of Pueblo painting. He provided support for young Pueblo artists such as Fred Kabotie, and hosted the world’s first exhibition of Pueblo watercolor painting. His role in establishing the Southwest Indian Fair, precursor to today’s Santa Fe Indian Market, will be discussed, and the artists’ relationship with Hewett will be examined. 

Pueblo Pottery and the Pueblo Pottery Fund Panel Discussion led by Bruce Bernstein, with artists Russell Sanchez and Nora Naranjo Morse.

Sunday, April 8, 2018:

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

New Mexico Museum of Art in the St. Francis Auditorium

Tickets $10

Panelists will discuss the roots of the Pueblo Pottery Fund and how it impacted Native arts collecting and the lives of the artists and descendants.

Pueblo Revival Architecture Public Lecture with Christine Mather

Sunday, July 1, 2018

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

New Mexico Museum of Art in the St. Francis Auditorium

Tickets $10

Local author and architecture specialist Christine Mather will discuss the evolution of Pueblo Revival style in Santa Fe. The style is rooted in concepts of Hispanic and Pueblo architecture, specifically as seen in the Mission churches. The presentation will take place at St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art, a Revival-style building constructed in the era of Edgar Lee Hewett’s leadership.

Pueblo Textiles and Embroideries Public Lecture
Sunday, September 23, 2018 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
New Mexico Museum of Art in the St. Francis Auditorium
Tickets $10
Join Brian Vallo, Director of the Indian Arts Research Center, and a panel of former SAR Native American Artist Fellows, as they explore the history and evolution of textile arts in Pueblo communities. Panel includes: Louie Garcia from the Prio Manso Tiwa tribe of Guadalupe Pueblo in Las Cruces, known for revitalizing historic pueblo weaving techniques; Ramona Sakiestewa, a contemporary Hopi artist who lives and works in Santa Fe and is known for tapestries and architectural public art installations; and, Isabel Gonzales of Jemez Pueblo credited for reintroducing historic pueblo embroidery on both traditional and non-traditional textiles. The panel will discuss how the collection, the SAR fellowship, and access to the IARC collections advanced their careers as artists and keepers of traditional knowledge associated with the textile tradition. Tickets $10. Space is limited, register at: Discussion will be followed by a tour of the IARC featuring signature and rarely seen Pueblo textiles from the collection. Register separately by calling 505.471.9363

Historic Artists and their Homes Santa Fe Home Tour in partnership with the Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF).

Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Tickets $30

Advanced registration required.

The tour will feature four historic homes, located on or near Canyon Road, of pioneering artists who helped shaped Southwestern art during the early 1900s. HSFF will provide information, a detailed map, and knowledgeable guides in each home.

Home tour:  Historic Santa Fe Foundation will provide location information Cost: $10 for lectures and panel discussions, $30 for home tour

Tickets for the lectures can be purchased through the SAR website. Tickets for the home tour can be purchased through the HSFF website.

Media Contact: Rebecca Aubin, Head of Education and Visitor Experience 505.476.5118 505.699.9931 cell

Funding for this program is provided in part by a grant from the New Mexico Humanities Council.

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 close to 100 years.  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 New Mexico Museum of Art strives to bring the art of New Mexico to the world and the art of the world to New Mexico.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, New Mexico’s cultural steward charged with preserving and showcasing the state’s cultural riches. 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.

The Museum is located at 107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico, just off the downtown Plaza. 24 Hr. Recorded Message: 505-476-5072; Front desk: 505-476-5041. November through April the museum is open Tuesdays - Sundays: 10 am-5 pm and open for free 5 to 8 pm on the first Friday of the month. May through October the museum is open 7 days a week 10 am-5 pm and is open every Friday night from 5 to 8 pm. The Museum is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Weather conditions may require the Museum to close; you can check with the front desk at 505-476-5041. Visit us on the web for the latest updates at 

 About the School for Advanced Research:

Founded in 1907 as a center for archaeological research in the Americas, SAR was revitalized in the early 1970s when it relocated to its present 15-acre campus on Santa Fe’s historic east side. The School for Advanced Research supports innovative research and public education through seminars, lectures, and residential fellowships focused on the historically informed study of human societies; promotes indigenous creativity through artist residencies; and stewards one of the world’s finest research collections of Southwest Native American art.

 SAR is located at 660 Garcia Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Visitors are welcome to tour the School’s historic campus in Santa Fe on Wednesdays and Fridays, June-September, and on Fridays through the year (weather permitting), at 10 am. Tours of the Indian Arts Research Center are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, May-September, and on Fridays through the year, at 2 pm. Reservations are required by calling 505-954-7205. Tours are $15 for non-members and free to SAR members

Additional information on the work of SAR’s public programs, resident scholars, and Native American artists is available on the SAR website,, Facebook, and Twitter.





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