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Events for March 2015

March 6, 2015
Gallery Talk
Focus on Photography
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Series of events in the year-long project  Focus on Photography . Meet local photographers 5:30-6:30pm. Free
New Mexico Museum of Art
March 6, 2015
Opening Reception
Colors of the Southwest
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
5:30-7:30pm free music and refreshments
New Mexico Museum of Art
March 6, 2015
New Mexico Women’s Clubs: Civic Pioneers
A Free First Friday talk
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Celebrate Women’s History Month with an auditorium talk by historian Pat Farr on "New Mexico Women’s Clubs: Civic Pioneers," at 6 pm on Friday, March 6. Learn how women at the turn of the last century helped the state make strides in "municipal housekeeping" chores, though their contributions went largely ignored. A Free First Friday event. Museum admission is free to everyone from 5 to 8 pm.
New Mexico History Museum
March 11, 2015
Black Pioneers on Route 66
A Brainpower and Brownbags Lunch Lecture
Noon to 1:00 pm
In the Jim Crow era, black tourists experienced a different kind of Route 66 than the one remembered in story and song. On Wednesday, March 11, Frank Norris, a historian for the National Park Service, National Trails Intermountain Region, in Santa Fe, speaks on "Black Pioneers on Route 66," part of the 2015 Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture Series in the Meem Community Room. Enter for free through the History Museum’s Washington Avenue doors.
New Mexico History Museum
March 11, 2015
Early Native American Easel Art in New Mexico: The Dorothy Dunn Collection
8:30 am
Continues through February 1, 2016

New Exhibit Featuring Early Native American Easel Art at Coronado Historic Site from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Dorothy Dunn Collection. March 2015 – February 2016 The Development of Native American Easel Art in New Mexico just opened at the Coronado Historic Site and runs through February 2016. Featured are {how many?} prints of original water color paintings lent by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Dorothy Dunn Collection. Among the artists on view are Vidal Casiquito, Jr. of Jemez, Gilbert Atencio of San Ildefonso, and Pablita Velarde of Santa Clara, as well as several pieces by Zia artist, Velino Shije Herrera , who in the early 1930s painted the murals in the reconstructed Kiva at the Coronado Site. Pueblo lifeways is the exhibition’s theme.
Coronado Historic Site
March 15, 2015
18th-Century Harpsichord Music
A "Painting the Divine" event
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Susan Patrick, an associate professor emerita of music at the University of New Mexico, performs and discusses 17th- and 18th-century harpsichord music from Italy, Germany and France. The performance, in the History Museum auditorium, is free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents. Children 16 and under are free daily.
New Mexico History Museum
March 15, 2015
GranMary’s Place Storytelling
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
GranMary’s Place is a storytelling program at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture that is dedicated to celebrating the memory of Docent Mary Sudbrink. Mary loved life, children, and telling stories to children visiting the Museum. Jason Tecube, grew up in Dulce, New Mexico on the homelands of the Jicarilla Apache . At a young age he began learning about his tribe through various elders and relatives of his community. His knowledge also extends to the Apache tribes of the White Mountain, and Mescalero. Whether they be songs or stories, they are deeply rooted.  
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
March 15, 2015
Between Two Worlds
Performing Arts Showcase
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Part of the National Dialogues on Immigration Project of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. New Mexican Artists from diverse places reflect on the immigrant experience.
Museum of International Folk Art
March 15, 2015
Atlatl Throwing Demonstration & Related Artifacts
with Chuck Hannaford from the Office of Archaeological Studies
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ever wanted to know how to use an atlatl to throw a spear? This is your chance! Chuck Hannaford from the Office of Archaeological Studies will be on site with a host of artifacts and information, and will demonstrate use of an atlatl. Stop on by from 1 to 4pm. Free for NM residents on Sundays!
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
March 18, 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
March 19, 2015
Collector Helene Sage Presentation (FIA Event)
Helene Sage Shares Her Dazzling Native American Horse Gear Collection
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. Not only has Helene Sage had an illustrious career as a research scientist in cell biology, but she has also had a passion for horses from an early age. Sage has amassed one of the most distinguished collections of historical Native American horse gear and has written two books on the subject. She will share her immense knowledge and dazzle the FIA with beautiful examples from her own collection.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
March 19, 2015
Audio Revolution on Museum Hill
A Listening Event hosted by MoIFA’s Gallery of Conscience
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
A FREE evening event presented in collaboration with Youth Media Project of Santa Fe and ¡YouthWorks!  
Museum of International Folk Art
March 21, 2015
Johann Sebastian Bach 330 Birthday Bash
1:30 pm
Continues through March 22, 2015

Community Celebration of the music of Bach
New Mexico Museum of Art
March 21, 2015
Pre-Contact Diet Project: the "Pueblo Food Experience"
Roxanne Swentzell and friends discuss their traditional food journey
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Join us as we screen a brief film (~20 mins) about the incredible journey local sculptor Roxanne Swentzell and her friends took as they aspired to eat only traditional Pueblo food for more than a month. The results? Outstanding. People lost weight, their sugar levels decreased, and other health benefits emerged -- all from instituting a "pre-contact" period diet. Roxanne will bring six of her friends who participated in the "experience" to answer questions about their dietary and cultural journey from the beginning from the audience. Free with Museum admission.   PRE-CONTACT DIET PROJECT: PUEBLO FOOD EXPERIENCE  
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
March 22, 2015
Face jugs of the American South: Lecture & Demonstration
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm. John Burrison will give a lecture on the history of this Southern tradition at 1pm, followed by a face jug demonstration by Georgia potter Mike Craven. The programs are in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition . Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.  
Museum of International Folk Art
March 24, 2015
Community-in-Residence at the Folk Art Museum
A special program for people with memory illnesses and their loved ones
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
The nationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and a growing consortium of Santa Fe-based arts and cultural institutions are joining forces to help people living with memory loss, along with their care partners, friends and the public. Each month, the Community-in-Residence program will open the doors at a different institution for an hour-long session of creativity, playfulness and learning. The program moves to the Museum of International Folk Art on Tuesday, March 24, at 2 pm. Future events will be announced soon. A highlight of the event will be the creation of a new poem set to music inspired by the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe. The series includes light refreshments and is free and open to the public with registration. For a reservation, please write gary@alzpoetry.com .
New Mexico History Museum
March 25, 2015
Winter Lecture Series
"Real Housewives of the Santa Fe Trail"
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
6-7:30pm Free
New Mexico Museum of Art
March 29, 2015
Sweet Georgia Brown, a film about African American women in World War II
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
In war and in peacetime, in theaters of conflict and on the homefront, American women have participated in our nation’s defense. Until recent years, those contributions have failed to attract much notice. Even less understood: the contributions of African American women, who had to fight just for the right to serve. On Sunday, March 29, at 2 pm in the History Museum auditorium, see the New Mexico premiere of Sweet Georgia Brown: Impact, Courage, Sacrifice and Will , a documentary by Lawrence E. Walker of PureHistory Films. A celebration of National Women’s History Month, the event will include remarks by Walker; Marilyn Dykman, a retired Coast Guard officer and the first female Hispanic aviator in Coast Guard history; and Lt. Col. Pam Gaston, representing Women Veterans of New Mexico, a nonprofit organization providing support services. The event is free with museum admission. Sundays are free to NM residents. Seating is limited. Make a reservation by calling (505) 476-5152.
New Mexico History Museum


On Exhibit during March 2015

Through March 29, 2015
Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past
Gustave Baumann is one of the most recognized and beloved names associated with the Santa Fe art world in the 20 th century. For more than five decades, beginning in 1918, the internationally renowned printmaker cultivated friendships with other artists that were full of colorful, artistic, humorous and small-town flavor—all of it brought to life in holiday greeting cards they made for one another. With guileless good humor and steady craft, the cards captured the personal lives and preoccupations that encapsulate the memories and spirit of their times. In Gustave Baumann and Friends: Artist Cards from Holidays Past , opening November 7, Tom Leech, director of the Palace Press, and guest curator Jean Moss pull from a cache of more than 400 cards donated to the New Mexico History Museum in 2012 by the Ann Baumann Trust. Buttressing the collection are loans from private collectors and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Besides “Gus” Baumann, the exhibit features examples by such New Mexico favorites as Paul Horgan; Olive Rush; Willard Clark; Barbara Latham; Joseph Imhof; Louis Ewing; Will Shuster; Chuzo Tamotzu; B.J.O. Nordfeldt; Ernest and Helen Blumenschein; John Sloan; and Tom Lea. The cards are held at the museum’s Fray Angélico Chávez History Library. The Museum of New Mexico Press is publishing a companion book on Oct. 15. Leech will produce a limited-edition Palace Press version of it, using Baumann’s original blocks and paper found in the artist’s Santa Fe studio after his death in 1971.
New Mexico History Museum
Through March 29, 2015
Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum’s Collection
Recently acquired works by artists Ansel Adams, Gustave Baumann, Woody Gwyn, Betty Hahn and many others will be on view in Hunting + Gathering: New Additions to the Museum’s Collection. The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Friday, November 7, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. with a free public reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico. The exhibition runs through March 29, 2015. Hunting + Gathering presents a sampling of artworks that have entered the Museum’s collection since 2010.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through April 19, 2015
FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY YEAR-LONG CYCLE OPENS IN MARCH WITH THREE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITIONS AT NM MUSEUM OF ART
Focus on Photography is a year-long series of exhibitions opening March 7, 2014 at the New Mexico Museum of Art. Three simultaneous exhibitions kick off the series: the solo show Beneath our Feet: Photographs by Joan Myers ; the group show of landscape photographs titled Grounded ; and the Photo Lab , an evolving interactive space exploring photographic processes and ideas. Focus on Photography is a year-long series running March 7, 2014 until April 15, 2015.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through April 19, 2015
North to South: Photographs by Edward Ranney
North to South: Photographs by Edward Ranney On display Dec. 19, 2014 through April 19, 2015 A survey of remarkable images by this master of photography whose work ranges from the southern Andes of Peru to the Galisteo basin. A longtime New Mexico resident, Ranney has extensively explored the cultural landscape of ancient peoples as well as contemporary human interventions such as artist Charles Ross’ immense Star Axis project near Las Vegas, New Mexico. Join us for a gallery talk by Santa Fe artist Edward Ranney, who will talk about his work as an artist and his efforts to photograph ancient habitations along the coastal Americas on Friday, March 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through April 19, 2015
Tales from a Dark Room
On display Dec. 19, 2014 through April 19, 2015 Photographers used to spend much of their time in the dark, processing film and developing pictures. Many have come into the light by switching to digital image-making but the mystique of the darkroom lingers. This group exhibition is a tribute to the tools of the trade of wet-process, darkroom photography. Join us for a gallery talk by Santa Fe artist Robert Stivers who will talk about his unique photograms made with his darkroom developing tray, Friday, February 6, 2015, at 5:30 p.m.  
New Mexico Museum of Art
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 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 13, 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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