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Events for May 2015

May 1, 2015
"RED-HOT" Haute Flea
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
 This year’s party celebrates the color red, in honor of the new exhibition The Red that Colored the World , opening May 15, 2015. Red explores the use of cochineal dye, used to produce deep burgandy reds to soft pinks.  Guests are encouraged to wear their selected shade.
Museum of International Folk Art
May 1, 2015
Ticket Sales Begin
International Folk Art Market| Santa Fe

Continues through June 1, 2015

Join us for the 12th Annual International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe on July 10, 11, & 12, 2015. TICKETS:  Available online beginning May 1, 2015 —Tickets are limited and events may sell out!
Museum of International Folk Art
May 1, 2015
Exhibit opening: Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
A Free First Friday event
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
See the new Mezzanine-level exhibit, Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War, while enjoying refreshments, courtesy of the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico, and a preview of El Rancho de las Golondrinas’ Civil War weekend , May 2–3. Participating re-enactors include the New Mexico Territorial Brass Band and Madeleine Quillen, with a Women of the Civil War demonstration. A free event.
New Mexico History Museum
May 1, 2015
Historical Downtown Walking Tours
10:15 am
Continues through May 30, 2015

Starting from April 13 and continuing through October 17, learn about the history of Santa Fe on a Downtown Walking Tour led by New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors guides every Monday through Saturday. Gather at the Palace Courtyard’s Blue Gate just south of the History Museum entrance at 113 Lincoln Avenue at 10:15 am. Cost: $10; children 16 and under free when with an adult. Museum guides do not accept tips. (No tours on Saturdays when large events are held on the Plaza, such as Spanish Market and Santa Fe Fiesta.)
New Mexico History Museum
May 1, 2015
Public Opening
Focus on Photography
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Free concert by Ron Helman Jazz Ensemble and three new photography shows 5 - 8p.m.  
New Mexico Museum of Art
May 2, 2015
6th Annual Folk Art Flea
Friends of Folk Art
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Discover more folk art treasures at our biggest Folk Art Flea yet! You’ll find pottery, wood, paintings, jewelry, masks, textiles, toys, books, and much, much more. A dmission to the Flea is FREE, but does not include admission to Museum galleries. On May 2, current FOFA members and event sponsors have an “early shopping opportunity” at this much anticipated event before we open to the public.
Museum of International Folk Art
May 3, 2015
Decorate the Divine
A Painting the Divine event
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Bring your inner artist and use the exhibit, Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World to inspire artwork of your own. Artist and author Amy Córdova leads “Decorate the Divine” on Sunday, May 3, from 1:30–3:30 pm at the New Mexico History Museum. This all-ages event is free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents; children 16 and under are free every day. Start with an exhibit walk-through with Cordova, then gather in the museum classroom to embellish, decorate and color images drawn from the exhibit. Stay to hear Cordova read from her children’s book, Talking Eagle and the Lady of Roses , about Our Lady of Guadalupe and Juan Diego.
New Mexico History Museum
May 3, 2015
Fire and Communities
Images and Science
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dr. Alexander Evans of the Forest Guild speaks in St. Francis Auditorium 2-3pm. Free
New Mexico Museum of Art
May 5, 2015
Explore Jemez State Historic Site
A friends trip with the Palace Guard
9:30 am to 4:00 pm
Since June 2014, the Jemez State Historic Site has seen a revitalization of its 16 th -century village and historic church. Find out what’s new on a guided tour with archaeologist Matthew Barbour. Enjoy a meal made by a local Jemez resident hosted by the Walatowa Visitor Center. Over lunch, we’ll share a special talk on Pueblo culture with a guest speaker and hear from local artisans about their work, then visit the studio of a Jemez Pueblo stone carver . $75. Reserve a spot by calling 505.982.6366, ext. 4. Not a Palace Guard member?  To join, click here or call 505.982.6366 ext. 100.  
New Mexico History Museum
May 6, 2015
American Original: The Greater Gila Bioregion and NM’s Wilderness Legacy
A Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture
Noon to 1:00 pm
Madeleine Carey speaks on “American Original: The Greater Gila Bioregion and NM’s Wilderness Legacy,” on Wednesday, May 6, part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Carey earned a masters’ degree in biology and urban studies from Tufts University. She is the WildEarth Guardians’ Gila Campaign fellow.  
New Mexico History Museum
May 8, 2015
Free Fridays
Music at the Museum
5:00 pm
Continues through October 30, 2015

Every Friday May - October we will be open to the public 5-8pm. Enjoy free music and admission to the museum.
New Mexico Museum of Art
May 8, 2015
Revisiting The Civil War
How the Ken Burns classic came to be
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Award-winning film editor and post-production supervisor Paul Barnes shows clips from the Ken Burns’ landmark 1989 series,  The Civil War , and talks about recent efforts to re-master it for contemporary audiences. This event will be at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. Admission is free, with a suggested donation of $10.
New Mexico History Museum
May 13, 2015
Pottery Demonstration
with Franklin Peters (Acoma)
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Born into the Sky clan "Huwaka Hanu," at the age of 13 Peters first started to work with clay sitting beside his mother Ella B. Vallo. That was 22 years ago and he’s still at it. "I’m not a master at pottery, I learn as I go and hope that I can show my family what my mother ... showed me," states Peters. "And here I sit using her tools that she had left behind for me to use."  " I never do this for fame or fortune, I do this for the love that I have for what mom showed me in my younger life" - Franklin Peters
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 16, 2015
Preserving and Protecting Native American Indian Arts and Culture
lecture by Nina Alexander, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, DOI
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
The presentation will address authenticity and its importance in today’s marketplace, the opportunities to preserve the art, the Indian Arts and Crafts Act, the NM Indian Crafts and Sales Act and the federal And State’s enforcement activities. Nina will discuss her outreach and work with Native American artists, tribes, Pueblos and Nations as well as businesses selling authentic arts and crafts. 
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 17, 2015
Weaving a Legend: Elle of Ganado Promotes Fred Harvey’s Indian Southwest
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Dr. Kathleen L. Howard, historian and co-author of Inventing the Southwest : The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art , speaks on "Weaving a Legend: Elle of Ganado Promotes Fred Harvey’s Indian Southwest," in the History Museum Auditorium. Part of the exhibit, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy , her lecture is free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents. Seating is limited. Get a free ticket starting at 1 pm; doors open at 1:30 pm.
New Mexico History Museum
May 17, 2015
Jerry West: The Alchemy of Memory
book signing
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Meet New Mexico artist Jerry West as he talks about and signs his newest book.
New Mexico Museum of Art
May 17, 2015
Sculptor Oreland Joe Film and Demonstration
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop by to see "The Art of Oreland Joe," a 30 min. documentary about the life of this extraordinary Native artist. Then, watch as he works in clay with a model.      
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 20, 2015
Let’s Take a Look
Curators Look at Your Treasures
Noon to 2:00 pm
During this time, curators from The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and The Laboratory of Anthropology are in the lobby of MIAC to look at your treasures. These curators will attempt to identify and explain any artifact or historic object presented to them. The event is always FREE and open to the public. Federal and State regulations prohibit the curators from appraising any artifact.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 21, 2015
An Afternoon at the Pueblo of Pojoaque (FIA Event)
An Art & Culture Tour with Governor George Rivera

PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A FRIENDS OF INDIAN ART EVENT AND MEMBERSHIP IN FIA IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. CALL 505-982-6366 OR VISIT THE  FIA SITE  FOR MORE INFO. Spend an afternoon with the FIA and interntionally known Native American artist George Rivera. The afternoon begins with a private tour of the art collection at Buffalo Thunder, followed by a tour of the Pueblo of Pojoaque and Rivera’s studio, where he creates his monumental stone and bronze sculptures. The trip wraps up with a visit to see his newest work at the Poeh Museum and Cultural Center, and will end back at Buffalo Thunder.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 23, 2015
Fiber Fair at El Camino Real Historic Trail Site
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site’s first 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.
El Camino Real Historic Trail Site
May 23, 2015
Lincoln Cemetery Tour
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
In honor of Memorial Day Weekend, join a ranger on a guided tour of the Lincoln cemetery at 2:00pm.
Lincoln Historic Site
May 23, 2015
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival
Runs Sat/Sun at the Santa Fe Convention Center

Continues through May 24, 2015

MIAC’s biggest fundraiser of the year with more than 150 Native artists in attendance! Go here for all the details! http://nativetreasures.org/
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 23, 2015
Harvey Girls Day

In honor of the Gov. Susana Martínez’s declaration of May 23 as “Harvey Girls Day,” the Palace Press is creating commemorative placemats, using a woodblock carved by artist Willard Clark for La Fonda Hotel. Pick one up at the History Museum’s front desk. Free while supplies last. Then head down to Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy to learn more about how Harvey Girls changed the West.
New Mexico History Museum
May 24, 2015
Toxic Secrets of the Lusitania and the Estonia
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The remains of the Lusitania and many of its passengers constitute the most famous shipwreck lying on the Irish seabed, and the story of the disaster continues to fascinate. On the 100 th anniversary of its sinking, a number of memorial and commemorative events are scheduled in Ireland and the United States. The Friends of the Santa Fe Public Libraries are proud to participate in the commemorations by sponsoring a lecture with the History Museum. At 2 pm on Sunday, May 24, in the museum auditorium, Gregg Bemis, who has a long association and involvement with the story of the Lusitania and the more recent tragedy of the Estonia, speaks on “`Toxic Secrets’ of the Lusitania ad the Estonia. ” Best-selling author Hampton Sides will introduce him.    
New Mexico History Museum
May 30, 2015
Farewell to Footprints
Celebrating MIAC’s Allan Houser Exhibition


Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
May 31, 2015
A musical performance by Schola Cantorum Santa Fe
A Painting the Divine event
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Back by popular demand, one of the History Museum’s favorite groups, Schola Cantorum Santa Fe, performs "Echoes of Mary," seldom-heard sacred music dedicated to Mary from the cathedrals of Mexico City and Cuba to the capillas of northern New Mexico. Part of the programming series for Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World . Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents and children 16 and under are free daily.
New Mexico History Museum
May 31, 2015
Community Showcase
Between Two Worlds
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Explore and experience multi-media performances, presentations, art displays and hands-on activities by Gallery of Conscience community partners
Museum of International Folk Art
May 31, 2015
Restoring the 1785 Roque Lobato House in Santa Fe
An Adobe Summer event
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Join author Christopher Wilson, along with writer Pen La Farge, architect Beverley Spears, and Alan “Mac” Watson, vice chairman of the Historic Santa Fe Foundation, for a panel discussion and book signing on the successful renovation of the historic Roque Lobato home. This free event is part of "Adobe Summer," the History Museum’s contribution to the city’s Summer of Color celebration. Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents.
New Mexico History Museum


On Exhibit during May 2015

Through May 31, 2015
Toys and Games: A New Mexico Childhood
Museums often focus on how we worked, how we fought, the businesses we built, and the challenges we overcame – the adult side of life. But before we became hard workers, everyone was a child, and every child shaped his or her play-world with toys. From the homemade or passed down to those bought new, toys deeply impact how we fill our childhood worlds. The History Museum collections contain a range of examples of how we played, and in observance of our fifth anniversary, we’ll display some of the most exquisite pieces in an installation in our front window. Toys and Games: A New Mexico Childhood invites visitors to travel down memory lane while also introducing today’s children to the delights of childhood past.
New Mexico History Museum
Through June 1, 2015
Footprints: The Inspiration and Influence of Allan Houser
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is proud to honor the hundreth birth year of Allan Houser with this exhibition of his sculptures and those of thirteen Native American artists whose lives he changed forever. Larry Ahvakana, Don Chunestudey, Cliff Fragua, Craig Dan Goseyun, Rollie Grandbois, Bob Haozous, Phillip Mangas Haozous, Doug Hyde, Oreland Joe, Tony Lee, Estella Loretto, Bill Prokopiof and Robert Shorty
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through July 26, 2015
Fire Season
The Southwest has become increasingly aware of  a season that begins around June with the unleashing of nature’s harsh and renewing forces: fire season. New Mexicans in particular are well acquainted with the apocalyptic plumes of smoke and sprinklings of ash that accompany this wildfire season. In this exhibition of more than a dozen photographs, artists respond to the fearsome and alluring element of fire, exploring its destructive, hypnotic, symbolic, and regenerative aspects. This group show of 15 photographs includes work by Jane Fulton Alt, Patricia Galagan, Philip Metcalf, and Larry Schwarm.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through July 26, 2015
Photo Lab
The Photo Lab features photographs from the collection made with two historic processes: cyanotypes and albumen prints. Both were popular in the nineteenth-century and examples are on view 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 the earlier masters. Find out about these colorful photographic process and check out a selection of historic cameras, a comment board, touch-screen videos, books, and more!
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through July 26, 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
Through August 16, 2015
Material Matters : Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift
Over a period of 35 years, Joann and Gifford Phillips gifted a series of paintings to the Museum of Art. These artworks represent two distinct locations with works created during eras of significant growth and change within their respective contemporary art scenes -- California from the 1950 -1980s and New Mexico from the 1980s. The Phillips’ generous gift included works by California artists Richard Diebenkorn, John McLaughlin, Edward Moses, Lee Mullican and Joe Goode as well as works by New Mexico based artists Emmi Whitehorse, Richard Hogan Eugene Newmann and Allan Graham.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through August 16, 2015
Art on the Edge 2015
Return of the Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography juried exhibition. Artists from New Mexico and its adjoining states selected by Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at the Denver Museum of Contemporary Art. This year’s artists are Will Clift, Danae Falliers, Chris Oatey, Sarah McKenzie, Kate Rivers, Ian Fisher and Jill Christian.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through August 16, 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
Open May 30, 2015 through September 7, 2015
Summer of Color
Santa Fe appears to be awash in gradations of adobe brown yet it is a city of rich colors found nowhere else – as seen by the generations of artists who’ve made this city their home. And color in its many shades and hues comes to the fore this summer when some of the city’s leading cultural institutions located on Museum Hill coordinate a series of exhibitions and events; Museum of International Folk Art , Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe , Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian , Museum of Spanish Colonial Art , and  Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through September 8, 2015
Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest
A celebration of sight, sound, and activity for visitors of all ages,  Heartbeat: Music of the Native Southwest , opens Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Over 100 objects relating to Southwestern Native dance and music will be featured, including a flute made by Grammy award-winning artist Robert Mirabal of Taos Pueblo. Collectively used for indigenous ritual performance, the drums, flutes, rasps, rattles, and clothing featured in the exhibition convey a richly layered message. Music, too, is integral to the ceremony—it is more than accompaniment for the dancers; each song is a prayer providing a pathway to the here and now and to the worlds beyond. The opening on Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 1 to 4 p.m.  will feature performances, demonstrations, hands-on activities for the entire family, and refreshments provided by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through September 20, 2015
Colors of the Southwest
The New Mexico Museum of Art is participating in the city’s 2015 “Summer of Color” celebration with the exhibition Colors of the Southwest . The exhibtion dates are March 6 – September 20, 2015. The exhibition will encompass an array of art created from the early 20th century to the present and will include paintings, photographs, prints, watercolors, and ceramics.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through October 19, 2015
Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women
First exhibit of its kind featuring leading American Indian Women sculptors of 20th and 21st centuries   Courage and Compassion: Native Women Sculpting Women opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Nov. 2, 2014 and runs through Oct. 19, 2015. The exhibition features figures of women sculpted by seven American Indian women artists.  Most of the ten works on view will be in the museum’s outdoor Roland Sculpture Garden. There is a long history of sculpting among the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The artists in Courage and Compassion , while contemporary in their approach are steeped in tradition. Using the same materials as their ancestors did thousands of years ago, the works presented draw on cultural influences of those who have gone before
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through January 3, 2016
Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition
Pottery was crucial to agrarian life in the U.S. South, with useful forms such as pitchers, storage jars, jugs, and churns being most in demand for the day-to-day activities of a household and farm. Today, a century after that lifeway began to change, potters in the South continue to make vital wares that are distinctively Southern. The Museum of International Folk Art will celebrate this “living tradition” of American regional culture with the exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition , which opens on Friday, October 24, with a free public reception from 5:30 to 7:30pm hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. The two-man folk orchestra Round Mountain will perform Southern-inspired music, including original compositions, at the opening reception. The exhibition presents traditional stoneware from North Carolina and north Georgia, current works characterized by earthy local clays, salt and ash glazes, and surprising effects of wood firing.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through January 10, 2016
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 Jan. 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.
New Mexico History Museum
Through January 16, 2016
Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley
Indian Country: The Art of David Bradley opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture February 15, 2015 and runs through January 16 2016. On view will be 32 works of art spanning his career, including paintings, mixed media works, and bronze sculptures.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through January 17, 2016
Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience
The Gallery of Conscience is an experimental space where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition through interactive elements and facilitated dialogues
Museum of International Folk Art
Through February 26, 2016
Fading Memories: Echoes of the Civil War
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. While the carnage of Shiloh, Manassas and Gettysburg roiled the nation, New Mexico’s role in the Civil War faded—like the photographs of soldiers and loved ones held for remembrance as a nation faltered and the dead were buried. What was left behind—cased-image portraits of wartime soldiers and their families; a tattered flag; post-war lithographs—failed to definitively answer our nation’s questions, leaving mysteries, unknown faces and untold stories. In the museum’s intimate Mezzanine Gallery, three curators—Meredith Davidson, Daniel Kosharek and Tom Leech—come together, approaching the subject from different angles and inviting visitors to consider these fragments of memories and how a long-gone war still defines us as Americans.
New Mexico History Museum
Through March 13, 2016
Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World
A 1960s’ ecclesiastical wave of urban renewal inspired mission churches throughout the Americas to undergo renovations and, all too often, cast off centuries-old artwork. Charles W. Collier, a cultural attaché to Bolivia, and his wife, Nina Perera Collier, began purchasing and obtaining pieces that eventually formed the backbone of the International Institute of Iberian Colonial Art, once based at their Los Luceros estate in northern New Mexico. In 2005, with the promised construction of spacious galleries and a state-of-the-art collections vault at the New Mexico History Museum, the Institute donated 70 paintings and three sculptures. When Painting the Divine: Images of Mary in the New World opens on June 29, 35 of these 17 th - and 18 th -century masterpieces will share one exhibition space for the first time ever. Painting the Divine includes works from Spain’s three colonial capitals: Peru, Mexico and New Mexico. Together, they reveal how faith sustained Spanish colonists in harsh and remote frontiers and how their religious art evolved in those places.
New Mexico History Museum
Through May 2, 2016
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning
Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning highlights the Museum’s extensive collection of Southwestern turquoise jewelry and presents all aspects of the stone, from geology, mining and history, to questions of authenticity and value. Hundreds of necklaces, bracelets, belts, rings, earrings, silver boxes and other objects illustrate the stone’s use and its deep significance to the people of the region.  
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
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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