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Events for December 2014

December 1, 2014
Folk Art in Color
Santos: Innovations Within Tradition
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
The first in a series of four free lectures exclusively for current friends to get together, enjoy some snacks and stimulating conversations about folk art from New Mexico and beyond.  All celebrating the 2015 #SummerofColorinSantaFeNM, each speaker is uniquely qualified, the planning committee is very excited and has the RSVP line all set up for the first lecture in December.
Museum of International Folk Art
December 5, 2014
Mapping New Mexico
A Free First Friday Gallery Talk
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
As New Mexico morphed into the state we know today, its paper outlines changed the lives of those who called it home. Gather in the exhibition Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now , where Librarian Tomas Jaehn will speak on "Mapping New Mexico," using three maps that demonstrate those changes—along with a cartographic error that determined who was American and who was Mexican. Free museum admission to everyone from 5 to 8 pm.
New Mexico History Museum
December 5, 2014
First Fridays at the Museum
5:00 pm
Continues through April 3, 2015

5-8pm free
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 7, 2014
Christmas at Kuaua
5:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Get into the holiday spirit with an evening of family fun!
Coronado Historic Site
December 7, 2014
Winter Traditions
A Community Holiday Celebration
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
A special community holiday celebration featuring Native American storytelling, dance performance, and hands-on activities. Free admission for New Mexico residents on Sundays with ID.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 7, 2014
Opening event for Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy
Exhibit opening
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Be among the first to see this Mezzanine-area addition to the museum’s main exhibit, Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and   Now . Curated by Meredith Davidson, Setting the Standard: The Fred Harvey Company and Its Legacy f ocuses on the rise of the Fred Harvey Company as a family business and events that transpired specifically in the Land of Enchantment, including the invention of the Harvey Girls in Raton. The Winslow Harvey Girls host a trunk show of Harvey House china in our lobby. Also: 10 am, 11 am, noon and 4 pm , see The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound , a 57-minute documentary, in the museum auditorium 2 pm , gather in the auditorium for a conversation with curator Meredith Davidson, documentary producer Katrina Parks, and Stephen Fried, author of the acclaimed biography Appetite for America. Seating is limited; doors open at 1:30 pm. 3–4 pm , refreshments in the lobby Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents; children 16 and under free daily  
New Mexico History Museum
December 7, 2014
Winter Celebration
Fun for all ages
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Annual celebration of the Winter season with hands on art activities for ages 3 to 103
Museum of International Folk Art
December 12, 2014
Christmas at the Palace
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together for a 30th-anniversary 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 13, 2014
Light Among the Ruins: Christmas Celebration
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Jemez Historic Site
December 13, 2014
Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale
A free family event
10:00 am
Continues through December 14, 2014

Children and grandchildren of the Palace Portal artisans will display their own creations at the Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale in the Meem Community Room and History Museum classroom. Pick up some nifty Christmas presents and support the next generation of Native American artisans. Enter for free through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors, 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday; 10 am to 2 pm on Sunday.
New Mexico History Museum
December 13, 2014
Luminaria Tour at Fort Selden
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Ft. Selden Historic Site will be celebrating the season again this year with its annual “Luminaria Tour”.  1,000 Luminarias will be placed along the Monument trails to light the path of visitors as they experience this night-time wonder.
Fort Selden Historic Site
December 14, 2014
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 with Holy Cross Church members and Coro de Agua Fria 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 in the Palace Courtyard, along with cookies and refreshments. Free and open to the public. The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 pm to prepare for this event.
New Mexico History Museum
December 14, 2014
"Wearable Art" Jewelry Lecture
Keri Ataumbi Discusses Her Work
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
A multiple award winner at Indian Market and the Heard Museum Show, Keri Ataumbi will discuss her "wearable art" of silver and gold, often enhanced with precious and semi-precious gems, including turquoise. Keri is of Kiowa and Italian heritage, and her work is steeped in both traditional and contemporary art streams. She creates jewelry based on a personal aesthetic of "content-based enquiry." As an example, some pieces have taken inspiration from the natural world and are enhanced with insects, plant life, or animals. Her eclectic, innovative, contemporary designs can be viewed not only as jewelry, but as stand alone art.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 17, 2014
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
December 17, 2014
Why Money is Better than Barter: Trade in 18th-Century Northern New Mexico
A Brainpower & Brownbags Lecture
Noon to 1:00 pm
Linda Tigges, a longtime urban planner, speaks on "Why Money is Better than Barter: Trade in 18 th -Century Northern New Mexico.” The Brainpower & Brownbags Lectures are free and open to the public. Enter the Meem Community Room through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors.    
New Mexico History Museum
December 19, 2014
Opening Reception
Focus on Photography
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
4-6pm free public opening for new photography shows
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 21, 2014
Annual Holiday Open House
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Puppet plays, art making projects, photos with Santa Claus, and other holiday festivities 1-4pm free.
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 24, 2014
Luminarias in Lincoln


Lincoln Historic Site
December 24, 2014
Christmas Eve Closing at Noon

To give our hard-working staff time to get their own homes ready for Santa, we’ll close at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24. The museum reopens at 10 am on Friday, Dec. 26. Happy holidays, everyone.
New Mexico History Museum
December 24, 2014
Christmas Closings

The New Mexico Museum of Art will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24.
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 24, 2014
CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY
closing early Dec 24
Noon
Continues through December 26, 2014

The Museum of Internatiopnal Folk Art will close at Noon on Wednesday, December 24 and will re-open Friday, December 26, 2014 at 10am. 
Museum of International Folk Art
December 24, 2014
MUSEUM CLOSES AT NOON
Open 10a - 12p; 2 Hours for Last Minute Museum Store Shopping!

EARLY HOLIDAY CLOSING. OPEN 10am - Noon! Please be advised that the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (and all State of New Mexico Museums and Historic Sites/Monuments) will close at noon on Wednesday, December 24, Christmas Eve, so employees and volunteers may spend time with their families and friends. See you on December 26!
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 25, 2014
Closed for Christmas

We extend warm holiday greetings to you and your family. Though we’re closed on Christmas Day, we look forward to seeing you at 10 am on Friday, Dec. 26.
New Mexico History Museum


On Exhibit during December 2014

Through December 30, 2014
Spotlight on Gustave Baumann
Gustave Baumann is one of New Mexico’s most treasured artists, known widely for his woodblock prints of Southwestern landscapes and traditions. The New Mexico Museum of Art has a comprehensive collection of Gustave Baumann’s work which includes prints, drawings, paintings, studies, furniture, and the eclectic menagerie of marionettes used to entertain generations of New Mexicans both young and old. Spotlight on Gustave Baumann opens February 1, 2014.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through December 30, 2014
New Mexico Art Tells New Mexico History
Artists as diverse as E. Irving Couse, Joseph Henry Sharp, T.C. Cannon, Agnes Martin, Maria Martinez and Georgia O’Keeffe share the museum’s Clarke Gallery for New Mexico Art Tells New Mexico History. This exhibition, culled from the New Mexico Museum of Art’s collection, tells the many stories which make up New Mexico through the eyes of some of this state’s most respected artists. The exhibition opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 1, 2014.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through January 5, 2015
Native American Portraits: Points of Inquiry
More than 50 images from the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives  - along with contemporary images by Native photographers - document the changing perceptions of Native peoples over a span of almost 100 years.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through January 12, 2015
BRASIL & ARTE POPULAR
A fascinating range of unique and vibrant folk traditions are presented in BRASIL & ARTE POPULAR , an exhibition opening Sunday, November 17, 2013, at the Museum of International Folk Art. The exhibition runs through January 5, 2015. This show will feature over 300 pieces from the museum’s rich Brazilian collection: woodblock prints, colorful ceramic and wood folk sculptures, toys and puppets, religious art, festival costumes, and more.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through February 1, 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 February 15, 2015
Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico
One of the most far-reaching exhibits of New Mexico animal wood carvings, Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico, debuts at the Museum of International Folk Art on April 6, 2014 with 107 artworks made by such masters as Felipe Archuleta, Patrociñio Barela, and José Dolores López. The exhibition runs through February 15, 2015.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through February 23, 2015
Alcove Shows 1917 Ė 1927
The New Mexico Museum of Art presents Alcove Shows 1917 – 1927 featuring sixty-one art works by twenty-four artists in the museum’s permanent collection.  The exhibition is on view Aug 8, 2014 through Feb 23, 2015 with the opening reception on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. (Please note the day change as the annual Zozobra event is being held on the museum’s usual Friday opening evening.)  Guest curator MaLin Wilson Powell looked back at the first 10 years of exhibitions at the Museum of Art to draw a small selection of works by artists who exhibited during that time
New Mexico Museum of Art
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 Museumís 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 May 24, 2015
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 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 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 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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