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Current Exhibitions

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

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.  
April 13, 2014 through May 2, 2016
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time
For the first time in Oblique Views: Archaeology, Photography, and Time, large prints of Heisey’s stunning images will be paired directly with the Lindberghs’. The exhibition opens October 25, 2015 and runs through May 2017 at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. During 2007 and 2008, flying at alarmingly low altitudes and slow speeds, Adriel Heisey leaned out the door of his light plane, and holding his camera with both hands, re-photographed some of the Southwest’s most significant archaeological sites that Charles Lindbergh and his new bride Anne photographed in 1929.
October 25, 2015 through May 25, 2017
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

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.
on long-term display
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

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.
on long-term display
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Museum of International Folk Art

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.  The gallery changes in response to community input, and is temporarily closed for interim changes. 
July 6, 2014 through April 4, 2016
Museum of International Folk Art

FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico
Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense In-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music. The Museum of International Folk Art presents Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opens November 22, 2015 and runs through September 11, 2016.  More than 150 objects will be featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnación López y Júlvez “La Argentinita”, José Greco, and Vicente Romero and María Benítez (both from New Mexico). In addition to other stunning loans from private collectors will be those from the museum’s expansive permanent collection.
November 22, 2015 through September 11, 2016
Museum of International Folk Art

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
on long-term display
Museum of International Folk Art

Museum of Art

An American Modernism
October 2, 2015 – February 21, 2016 An American Modernism opens Friday, October 2, 2015, from 5:30-7:30pm and runs through February 21, 2016. An American Modernism joins the exhibition O’Keeffe in Process, both at the New Mexico Museum of Art, in the “Fall of Modernism” cultural collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Drawn primarily from the museum’s rich collection of Modernist art, An American Modernism explores the quest by early twentieth-century artists to find a distinctive American voice and to define art for the modern age.
October 2, 2015 through February 21, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico Museum of Art to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016
The New Mexico Museum of Art has been selected as the host site for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is touring a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. The New Mexico Museum of Art will be the only New Mexico venue.  
February 5, 2016 through February 28, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare
National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library in commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death.  New Mexico Museum of Art, recently named New Mexico’s host for the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour, is pleased to announce that the First Folio will be on view to the public February 5-28, 2016.  
February 5, 2016 through February 28, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art

Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts
Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts examines the formal means artists employ to impart a sense of drama and setting in their compositions. The exhibition opens with a free public reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 5, 2016 and runs through May 1, 2016. In the performing arts, "stage, setting and mood" refer to the evocative and emotional experiences that can be created in the physical space of the theater with the use of backdrops, props, lighting, sound, and the work of the performers. In the visual arts, artists employ theatrical pictorial means to appeal to the senses. Colors, bold forms, and compelling subjects can be called on to elicit an emotional connection between viewer and artwork. In this exhibition, artworks that feature high drama, theatrical presentation, and narrative storytelling, demonstrate the connection between sensation and spectacle. The exhibition comprises close to 50 artworks dating from the late 18th century to the present. Stage, Setting, Mood runs concurrent with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s presentation of First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare: National tour from Folger Shakespeare Library (February 5 through 28, 2016) commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.
February 5, 2016 through May 1, 2016
New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

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.
May 1, 2015 through February 26, 2016
New Mexico History Museum

The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page
The Palace Press presents a special exhibition in collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Art’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare. The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page offers a multi-part exhibit with a hands-on twist: The printers will make facsimiles of a First Folio page using a replica “Gutenberg” wooden hand press. Visitors will be able to make their own prints for a take-home treat. In addition, members of the Santa Fe Book Arts Group have crafted contemporary art books inspired by the works of Shakespeare. And Palace Press Director Thomas Leech and internationally known calligrapher Patricia Musick will collaborate on broadsides from Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. 
February 5, 2016 through February 28, 2016
New Mexico History Museum

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 17th- and 18th-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.
June 29, 2014 through March 13, 2016
New Mexico History Museum

Along the Pecos
One of the staples of desert life is the presence—or scarcity—of water. Its importance can be seen across eastern New Mexico, where the Pecos River strives to quench a fragile, 926-mile riparian environment. Along the Pecos, a collage of photographs and sounds, opens June 19 on the second floor of the New Mexico History Museum. Developed by photographer Jennifer Schlesinger and the late composer Steven M. Miller, the materials were recently donated to the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives, whose Photo Legacy Project collects the work of contemporary photographers.
June 19, 2015 through June 19, 2016
New Mexico History Museum

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...
on long-term display
New Mexico History Museum

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.
on long-term display
New Mexico History Museum

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. 
on long-term display
New Mexico History Museum

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.
on long-term display
New Mexico History Museum

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.
on long-term display
New Mexico History Museum

Upcoming Exhibitions

A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd “Kiva” New
opens February 14, 2016
at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

A New Century: The Life and Legacy of Cherokee Artist and Educator Lloyd "Kiva" New
opens February 14, 2016
at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia
opens February 28, 2016
at the Museum of International Folk Art

Santa Fe Faces: Alan Pearlman Photographs
opens March 13, 2016
at the New Mexico History Museum

The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top
opens April 3, 2016
at the Museum of International Folk Art

The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top
opens April 3, 2016
at the Museum of International Folk Art

Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico
opens May 1, 2016
at the New Mexico History Museum

Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities
opens May 22, 2016
at the New Mexico History Museum

Wide Ruins to Red Lake: New Works by Melanie Yazzie
opens June 30, 2016
at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Into the Future: Cultural Power in Native American Art
opens July 17, 2016
at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

“Nurturing Memory/Cultivating Tradition:
opens December 4, 2016
at the Museum of International Folk Art

Diego Romero vs the End of Art
opens February 12, 2017
at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

No Idle Hands: The Makers & Myths of Tramp Art
opens March 12, 2017
at the Museum of International Folk Art