New Mexico Museum of Art

Annual Holiday Open House Starring the Gustave Baumann Marionettes

December 07, 2016


Gustave Baumann was an artist of many trades, including printmaking, painting and marionette-making. Baumann hand-carved and decorated wooden puppets, called marionettes, and brought them to life in live performances.  Some characters were tall and skinny, others were short and stout, some were animals and some were humans, but all had a personality and story of their own. He created a traveling marionette theater complete with scripts, costumes, props, backdrops, scenery and a stage. Over a twenty year period, he created 65 marionettes; however he was not a puppeteer. He left the actual performances to his wife Jane and Teatro Duende.  In 1932, the Baumann Marionette Christmas Show at the Museum became a cherished community tradition.   Join us as we continue the community tradition at the New Mexico Museum of Art at our Annual Holiday Open House. This event is for all ages and is a round-robin of puppet plays, art making projects, photos with Santa Claus, gallery activities, refreshments and music by Barbershop Sounds. Marionette plays are one half-hour long, showing at 1:00pm and 3:00pm in the St. Francis Auditorium.

Annual Holiday Open House Sunday, December 18 Noon to 4pm, FREE Starring the Gustave Baumann Marionettes 

A Party for Papa Gus
1 to 1:30pm and repeats 3:00 to 3:30pm 
A Little Skit by the Marionettes Presented by Teatro Duende Juan, Rosina, and Miguelito try their very best to get ready for a party, except for that rascally Warts!
St. Francis Auditorium 

Make Your Own Stick Puppet
Noon to 4pm
Children of all ages can create their own puppet character guided by teaching artist Roni Rohr.
Museum Lobby

Puppet Theater Playhouse
Noon to 4pm
Bring the puppet you’ve made with Roni Rohr to perform in the puppet theater playhouse led by Master of Ceremonies Shawna Yambire.  Upstairs in the Women’s Boardroom Gallery  

Selfies with Santa! Get your picture taken with Santa on YOUR Lap
1:30 to 2:15pm and 3:30 to 4:00pm
Parents, have your camera ready for this photo opportunity with your child and the Baumann Santa Claus marionette—in a role reversal; he’ll be sitting on their lap! For children of all ages.
St. Francis Auditorium

Find Freckles
Noon to 4pm
Freckles the marionette is hiding somewhere in the museum. As you go through the galleries looking for Freckles pick up the clues that will lead you to him and win a prize!
Entrance to Galleries (through the Courtyard)

A Little Chat with the Marionettes
1:30 to 2pm
Here’s the chance every child dreams of. Museum Educator Sara Van Note will encourage you children to ask the marionettes any question at all. And, the puppeteers, too. Gulp!
St. Francis Auditorium

Say Good Night to the Marionettes
3:30 to 4pm
Help tuck the marionettes into their boxes.
St. Francis Auditorium    

Free event with holiday music performed by Barbershop Sounds, a women’s a cappella quartet from Noon to 3:00pm. This event is funded by donations to the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. 

The Museum is located at 107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, New Mexico (on the historic downtown Plaza). 
(505) 476-5072

Related Photos

Santa Marionette
Juan and Miguelito Marionettes

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