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Events for April 2015

April 1, 2015
Owning the Sacred: The 1929 Sale of the Santuario de Chimayo
A Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture
Noon to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, April 1, Brett Hendrickson on “Owning the Sacred: The 1929 Sale of the Santuario de Chimayó,” on Wednesday, April 1, part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Hendrickson is an assistant professor in the Regional Studies department at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and is the author of Border Medicine: A Transcultural History of Mexican American Curanderismo (New York University Press, 2014).  
New Mexico History Museum
April 3, 2015
Closing at 5 pm for Good Friday
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
The museum will not have its regularly scheduled Free Friday Evening on April 3 in honor of Good Friday. Instead, we will close at 5 pm.
New Mexico History Museum
April 3, 2015
Good Friday
5:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Closing at 5 pm for Good Friday
New Mexico Museum of Art
April 5, 2015
Closed for Easter Sunday

We are closed on April 5 for Easter Sunday. The museum will reopen at 10 am on Tuesday, April 7.
New Mexico History Museum
April 6, 2015
Folk Art in Color
Turquoise, Water, Sky: Beauty and Meaning in the Southwest
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Museum of International Folk Art
April 6, 2015
Art Walking Tours
10:00 am
Continues through November 30, 2015

April - November Mondays at 10:00 a.m
New Mexico Museum of Art
April 8, 2015
CreativeMornings kickoff: Robert Martin on Humility
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Calling all creative types—graphic designers, writers, artists and more. Enjoy a casual talk (and treats!) and network with others at the debut of this monthly series in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, part of the global CreativeMornings program. Robert Martin, executive and artistic director of the Lensic Performing Arts Center, gives a casual talk on this month’s global theme: Humility. A free event in the History Museum lobby. Next month’s event will be hosted in the Duke City by Albuquerque’s Creative Startups. Speaker, site and date TBA. Check back here for details.
New Mexico History Museum
April 11, 2015
Slow Art Day
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Be a part of a worldwide slow art day celebration held in more than 250 museums and galleries.
New Mexico Museum of Art
April 13, 2015
Historical Downtown Walking Tours
10:15 am
Continues through April 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
April 15, 2015
Letís 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
April 16, 2015
FOCA+P Memberís Preview
Art on the Edge 2015
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
5-7pm.  Call 505.982.7799 ext. 1  for more information.
New Mexico Museum of Art
April 17, 2015
Opening Reception
Material Matters : Selections from the Joann and Gifford Phillips Gift
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
5:30-7:30pm free public reception with jazz
New Mexico Museum of Art
April 17, 2015
Art on the Edge 2015
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
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 were selected by Nora Burnett Abrams, Associate Curator at MCA Denver. The exhibition opens Friday, April 17, 2015 with a free public receptionand runs through August 16, 2015.
New Mexico Museum of Art
April 19, 2015
A Provocative Conversation on the Current State
and Future of Traditional Southern Pottery
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
with Potters Garth Clark, Mark Hewitt and Matt Jones
Museum of International Folk Art
April 19, 2015
Fred Harvey and American Indian Art
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Diana Pardue, curator at the Heard Museum and co-author of Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art , speaks in the History Museum auditorium on "Fred Harvey and American Indian Art." 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.    
New Mexico History Museum
April 19, 2015
Traditional Pots and Provocations; provocative program on pottery
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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 Jones . This is not the first time Clark, Hewitt, and Jones have taken the stage together to debate the present and future of North Carolina pottery. This event, titled Traditional Pots and Provocations , is the latest chapter of an ongoing discussion that began as a blog scuffle between Jones and Clark in 2011 and continued as a symposium at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2012. Traditional Pots and Provocations will take place on Sunday, April 19, 2015, 2-4 pm, in the Kathryn O’Keeffe Theater of the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. The program is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition . The program is by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.
Museum of International Folk Art
April 23, 2015
Forest Archaeologist Michael Bremer Lecture (FIA Event)
Northern Rio Grande Ancestral Pueblo World - A Historical Perspective
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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. Forest Archaeologist Michael Bremer will provide insight and perspective into early Puebloan populations beginning in the 12th century. He will discuss the relationship of these people to the wild landscapes surrounding their developed communities and will share the similarities these communities ay have had with today’s management of wild land and its interface to adjacent large urban centers. Currently with the Santa Fe National Forest, Mike is excited to share his perspective of the ways of native ancestral people with you!
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
April 24, 2015
Donation Days
for the Folk Art Flea
9:00 am
Continues through April 28, 2015

The Folk Art Committee of the Museum of New Mexico Foundations a community sale of gently used folk art items supporting exhibitions and educational programming at the Museum of International Folk Art.  Clean out your closets!  Garage or storage unit and bring your tax deductible donation of gently used items to the Museum of International Folk Art from 9am to 4pm Friday April 24 through Tuesday April 28, 2015.
Museum of International Folk Art
April 26, 2015
How to Save Your Marriage Through Pinhole Photography
A Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography event
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Nancy Spencer and Eric Renner, guest curators of the Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography exhibition and internationally recognized artists, give a lecture on their collaborative work. "How to Save Your Marriage Through Pinhole Photography" is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents. Poetics of Light: Pinhole Photography is on exhibit in the museum’s Herzstein Gallery.  
New Mexico History Museum
April 26, 2015
Turquoise, Water, Sky Book Signing & Lecture
Purchase the Long-Awaited TWS Exhibit Catalog!

Book signing with Dr. Maxine McBrinn and Ross Altshuler, authors of Turquoise, Water, Sky, the catalogue for our stunning exhibit on display through 2015. McBrinn will give a lecture on the topic following the 1pm book signing.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture


On Exhibit during April 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 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 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 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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