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Events for December 2016

December 2, 2016
Ben Perea
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
5:30 - 7:30 PM Free music at the museum
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 3, 2016
Donation Drop Off
For the Folk Art Flea
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Proceeds benefit exhibitions and programs at the Museum of International Folk Art through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation
Museum of International Folk Art
December 4, 2016
Master Apprenticeship Folk Art Showcase
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Plus a Pre-Holiday Pop Up Market!
Museum of International Folk Art
December 4, 2016
Winter Traditions
Annual MIAC Celebration
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  A special community holiday celebration featuring storytelling by Sunny Dooley (Diné); dance performances by Serpent Trail Dancers (Ohkay Owingeh), hands-on holiday activities   1:00 pm to 4:00 pm:  Holiday hands-on Xmas activities 1:00 pm: Serpent Trail Dancers (Ohkay Owingeh), Milner Plaza 1:45 pm: Sunny Dooley (Diné), O’Keeffe Theatre 2:30 pm: Serpent Trail Dancers (Ohkay Owingeh), Milner Plaza 3:15 pm Sunny Dooley (Diné), O’Keeffe Theatre   Light refreshments
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 7, 2016
Brownbag Lunch Film Showing
"Maize: A Sacred Sustenance" at the Center for NM Archaeology
Noon to 1:00 pm
"Maize: A Sacred Sustenance“ Brownbag lunch/Film showing Wednesday , December 7, 2016 - Noon - 1pm At the Center for New Mexico Archaeology 7 Old Cochiti Road, Santa Fe, off the 599 Bypass and Caja del Rio Road Come and enjoy three short films in which Native Americans share the significance of corn in their cultures and lives. The films include: Lenora Tsosie of Navajo Nation who discusses a Rite of Passage ceremony she recently conducted with her daughters Marlon Magdalena of Jemez Pueblo , who demonstrates flutes and harvest songs on his handmade Native American flutes Norma and Hutchy Naranjo , traditional Native farmers who demonstrate how they make chicos and other corn products. Questions? Contact Diana Sherman, (505) 476-4443.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 8, 2016
Connecting to Sacred Realm through Divine Communication
Free Webinar
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
FREE and Open to Educators Everywhere.
Museum of International Folk Art
December 9, 2016
Christmas at the Palace
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together for an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, piñatas, craft-making activities, a chance to operate an antique printing press and the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Claus -- all in the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors. A free, family event. (Donations of non-perishable food welcomed.) The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event. Enter through the Palace at 105 W. Palace Ave. The History Museum will remain closed during the event.
New Mexico History Museum
December 10, 2016
Young Native Artists Winter Show
9:00 am
Continues through December 11, 2016

Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople at the annual Young Native Artists Winter Show. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the Meem Community Room. Free.
New Mexico History Museum
December 10, 2016
Las Noches De Las Luminarias
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Come enjoy the glow of Luminarias lighting up Ft. Selden Historic Site and enjoy the holiday celebration.
Fort Selden Historic Site
December 11, 2016
Alcoves 16/17 #6
Exhibition Opening
10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Five new artists exhibit contemporary art made in New Mexico 10:30AM - 12PM
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 11, 2016
Las Posadas
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus—and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols, cookies and hot cider in the Palace Courtyard. Free. The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event.
New Mexico History Museum
December 11, 2016
Native American Hairstyles
Traditional and Contemporary - A MUST SEE EVENT!
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Join us at 10am for demonstrations of Tewa, Jemez, Santa Clara, San Felipe, Navajo, Hopi, Pawnee, and Laguna men’s and women’s hairstyling. Followed by a presentation and Q&A with the participants at 3pm. This is a must see event, especially for families. In 2014 a similar program received rave reviews! Program is free with museum admission.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 16, 2016
Flamenco Holiday Dinner
at Eloisa Restaurant
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Celebrate the season Flamenco style!
Museum of International Folk Art
December 18, 2016
Annual Holiday Open House
Noon to 4:00 pm
Puppet plays, art making projects, photos with Santa Claus, and other holiday festivities 12-4pm free.
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 18, 2016
Families Make History monthly workshop
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Hanukkah is a festive holiday of lights that begins this year on December 24. As part of the exhibition, Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities , bring the family to enjoy some Hanukkah-based activities. Make abeeswax candle to take home. Learn how to play a spinning top game of dreidel and compare it to the Mexican game of pon.  First Sunday of the month free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily. Families Make History free workshops are held the third Sunday of every month.
New Mexico History Museum
December 18, 2016
Exhibit opening: Dominguez and Escalante

In Search of Dominguez and Escalante features the photography of Greg MacGregor and Siegfried Halus, who retraced the monumental 1776 expedition, documenting the places and people they encountered in hauntingly elegant black-and-white photographs.
New Mexico History Museum
December 25, 2016
Closed for Christmas

The New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors are closed on Sunday, December 25. We look forward to seeing you when we reopen at 10 am on Tuesday, December 27.
New Mexico History Museum


On Exhibit during December 2016

Through December 30, 2016
The Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New
This year is the centennial of the birth of seminal Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New, and three Santa Fe arts institutions are celebrating this anniversary in style. Locally, New, a Cherokee, is known as the Institute of American Indian Art’s (IAIA) first artistic director, yet nationally, Native people refer to him as the "Godfather of Native Fashion." Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s career retrospective A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New (February 14 through December 30, 2016). A New Century is a mesmerizing look into New’s storied life from his humble beginnings on the family farm in Oklahoma to the burgeoning days at IAIA. In between he strides the decks of the USS Sanborn during World War II and the halls of the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening successive and successful boutiques and craft centers in the gleaming post-war enclave of Scottsdale, Arizona. New was a pioneer in the worlds of fashion, entrepreneurship, and Native art instruction. His vision of cultural studies and creative arts education continues to influence and inspire. Through personal recollections, photos, archival documents, and objects pour la couture, New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New reviews the life of this American Indian visionary. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, and the New Mexico Museum of Art will each present an exhibition in 2016 focusing on key aspects of Lloyd Kiva New’s (b. 1916 - d. 2002) significant contributions to contemporary Native culture. Additionally, the three institutions are planning a symposium, multiple lectures, panel discussions, a fashion show, Gala, and, as pure celebration, a 100th birthday party.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through December 31, 2016
Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities
In 1492, Spain’s King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella issued a royal edict ordering all Jews to either leave the country or convert to Catholicism. The Spanish Inquisition (and later, the Portugese and Mexican Inquisitions) stood ready to persecute anyone who failed to abide. Violators would endure prisons, torture and death. Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities , opening May 22, 2016, leaps into the ensuing diaspora, a journey that stretches back to biblical times. For the first time, a major institution tells the comprehensive story of how Spain’s Jewry found a tenuous foothold in North America. Despite continued persecution, its people persisted—sometimes as upright Catholic conversos, sometimes as self-identifying “crypto-Jews.”
New Mexico History Museum
Through December 31, 2016
The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top
Built over the course of forty years by W.J. “Windy” Morris (1904–1978) of Amarillo, Texas, the Morris Miniature Circus is a 3/8”-scale circus model that was acquired by the museum in 1984 and exhibited in 1986. In 2016, the museum will restore and install the Circus once again.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through March 5, 2017
Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico
¡Orale! Take a ride into the creative reimaginings of American steel as captured in photographs, hubcaps, hood ornaments, car show banners and, yes, actual cars. Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico , opening May 1 (through March 5, 2017) at the New Mexico History Museum focuses on mobile works of art and their makers—home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these favorite symbols of Hispanic culture. Photo Curator Daniel Kosharek has pulled together an extensive collection of images by Don Usner, Annie Sahlin, Jack Parsons, Sam Adams, Norman Mauskopf, Dottie Lopez, Gabriela Campos, Meridel Rubinstein and others. In addition, the exhibit features a chromed and touchable engine, miniature-scale model-car collections, trophies, memorabilia and other ephemera. The museum lobby will host a rotating selection of cherry examples. The thrill ride doesn’t stop there.
New Mexico History Museum
Through March 19, 2017
Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia
 What more can we ask than for blessings and good fortune? Whether perceived as miraculous boons or a response to ceremonious prayer, blessings and good fortune come in many forms and bring joy, comfort, and balance to our lives. God, deities, nature spirits, and other unseen forces exist in human belief, which can bring both great harm and great fortune to people on earth.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through March 26, 2017
ALCOVES 16/17
Alcoves 16/17 opens March 4, 2016 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. This will be the first in a series of seven alcove exhibitions that concludes on March 26, 2017. Each of the seven rotations will highlight five artists at various career stages and working in New Mexico today. In this first of seven exhibitions, artists working in all media will be featured; Scott Anderson, Gloria Graham, Scott Greene, Herbert Lotz, and Bonnie Lynch.  
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through May 7, 2017
Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time
For the first time in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time , large prints of Heisey’s stunning images will be paired directly with the Lindberghs’. The exhibition opens October 25, 2015 and runs through May 7, 2017 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his new bride Anne photographed in 1929.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through August 5, 2017
Agnes Martin and Me
Shrouded in myth, the artist Agnes Martin (1912-2004), an iconic figure in 20 th -century art, was emotionally and artistically tortured, exquisitely sensitive yet socially inept. Canadian born, she started to make a name for herself in the New York art scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s, but in 1967, abandoned her career for a reclusive life in the New Mexico desert. She did not return to her work for nearly a decade. Several years after she began creating art again, photographer Donald Woodman met her and remained a fixture in her life from 1977 through 1984. In Agnes Martin and Me , an exhibit opening August 5 at the New Mexico History Museum (precise closing date to be determined), Woodman shares his photographs of their time together. The exhibit accompanies his new book, Agnes Martin and Me (Lyon Art Books; May 2016), which reveals the raw, unveiled person he knew in the seven rollercoaster years of their constant contact.
New Mexico History Museum
Through September 10, 2017
FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico
Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense In-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music. The Museum of International Folk Art presents Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opened November 22, 2015 and runs through September 10, 2017.  More than 150 objects are featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnación López y Júlvez “La Argentinita”, José Greco, and Vicente Romero and María Benítez (both from New Mexico). In addition to other stunning loans from private collectors will be those from the museum’s expansive permanent collection.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through October 14, 2017
Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar
From the 1880s into the early 20 th century, cigar manufacturers provided an avenue for the lithographic arts to flourish. Layering up to 10 colors in a stone-lithography process and even adding gold embellishments and stamped embossings, the images sold cigars through romantic landscapes, Western adventures, and hot-blooded señoritas. In Out of the Box: The Art of the Cigar , opening Oct. 7, 2016 (precise closing date to be determined ), Palace Press Curator Thomas Leech shares primo examples to showcase the rich breadth of artwork created during the golden age of cigar box labels.
New Mexico History Museum
Through October 22, 2017
Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art
Sponge Bob Square Pants, Pac Man, and Curious George, all sporting a particularly Native American twist, are just a few images from popular mainstream culture seen in the exhibition, Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art. The free to the public opening for Into the Future: Culture Power in Native American Art at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is on July 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm and the show runs through October 22, 2017 . Featuring nearly 100 objects by more than fifty artists from the museum’s collections as well as others borrowed from collectors and artists, the work on view in Into the Future will be in such various media as traditional clothing and jewelry, pottery and weaving, photography and video, through to comics, and on into cyberspace.  
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Open December 18, 2016 through December 18, 2017
In Search of Dominguez and Escalante
On July 29, 1776, two Franciscan priests, Silvestre de Escalante and Francisco Dominguez, left the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe on an epic quest across the Southwest. Along with cartographer and renaissance man Bernardo Miera y Pacheco, they aimed to carve a path to Monterey, California, while converting Native peoples along the way. Driven home early by a harsh winter, they nonetheless achieved lasting fame as the first Europeans to explore a vast new territory with potential for settlement—28 years before the Lewis and Clark Expedition. More than 200 years later, Santa Fe photographers Greg MacGregor and Siegfried Halus retraced the expedition, documenting the places and people they encountered in hauntingly elegant black-and-white photographs. In Search of Dominguez and Escalante , opening on December 16, 2016 (through December 2017; date TBD ), shares a selection of their images, along with maps and artifacts, to tell a story rooted in its exhibition space, the 400-year-old Palace of the Governors.
New Mexico History Museum
Through January 8, 2018
Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate: Strategies Folk Artists Use in Today’s Global Market Place
The Gallery of Conscience is an experimental gallery in the Museum of International Folk Art where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition in real tme.
Museum of International Folk Art
on long-term display
The Buchsbaum Gallery of Southwestern Pottery
The Buchsbaum Gallery features each of the Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona in a selection of pieces that represent the development of a community tradition. In addition, a changing area of the gallery, entitled Traditions Today highlights the evolving contemporary traditions of the ancient art of pottery making.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
on long-term display
Here, Now and Always
Here, Now, and Always is a major exhibition based on eight years of collaboration among Native American elders, artists, scholars, teachers, writers and museum professionals. Voices of fifty Native Americans guide visitors through the Southwest's indigenous communities and their challenging landscapes. More than 1,300 artifacts from the Museum's collections are displayed accompanied by poetry, story, song and scholarly discussion.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
on long-term display
Segesser Hide Paintings
Though the source of the Segesser Hide Paintings is obscure, their significance cannot be clearer: the hides are rare examples of the earliest known depictions of colonial life in the United States. Moreover, the tanned and smoothed hides carry the very faces of men whose descendants live in New Mexico today...
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time
Now 400 years old, Santa Fe was once an infant city on the remote frontier.  Santa Fe Found: Fragments of Time, on long-term exhibit in the Palace of the Governors, explores the archaeological evidence and historical documentation of the City Different before the Spanish arrived, as well as at the settling of the first colony in San Gabriel del Yungue, the founding of Santa Fe and its first 100 years as New Mexico’s first capital. Co-curated by Josef Diaz of the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors and Stephen Post of the DCA/Office of Archaeological Studies, Santa Fe Found collects more than 160 artifacts from four historic sites, along with maps, documents, household goods, weaponry and religious objects. Together, they tell the story of cultural encounters between early colonists and the Native Americans who had long called this place home.
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now
Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now , the main exhibition of the New Mexico History Museum, sweeps across more than 500 years of stories - from early Native inhabitants to today's residents - told through artifacts, films, photographs, computer interactives, oral histories and more. Together, they breath life into the people who made the American West: Native Americans, Spanish colonists, Mexican traders, Santa Fe Trail riders, fur trappers, outlaws, railroad men, scientists, hippies and artists.  
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción
Treasures of Devotion/Tesoros de Devoción contains bultos, retablos, and crucifijos dating from the late 1700s to 1900 which illustrate the distinctive tradition of santo making in New Mexico introduced by settlers from Mexico.
New Mexico History Museum
on long-term display
Multiple Visions: A Common Bond
"I believe we should preserve this evidence of the past, not as a pattern for sentimental imitation, but as nourishment for the creative spirit of the present." - Alexander Girard
Museum of International Folk Art
on long-term display
Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy
Will Rogers noted that Fred Harvey “kept the West in food—and wives.” But the company’s Harvey Girls are by no means its only legacy. From the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway’s 1879 arrival in New Mexico to the 1970 demolition of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Hotel, the Fred Harvey name and its company’s influence have been felt across New Mexico, not to mention the American West. The company and its New Mexico establishments served as the stage on which people such as Mary Colter were able to fashion an “authentic” tourist experience, along with Herman Schweizer who helped drive the direction of Native American jewelry and crafts as an industry. Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy , a new section that joins the New Mexico History Museum’s main exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now, helps tell those stories. Opening December 7, Setting the Standard uses artifacts from the museum’s collection, images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives and loans from other museums and private collectors. Focusing on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment, the tale will leave visitors with an understanding of how the Harvey experience resonates in our Southwest today.
New Mexico History Museum


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