• New Mexico History Museum | Feb 16, 2016

    Pancho Villa and the U.S. Army: A Training Ground for World War I

    To commemorate this year’s 100th anniversary of Pancho Villa’s attack on Columbus, NM, the New Mexico History Museum hosts a special lecture by noted author and photographer Jeff Lowdermilk and Helen Patton, granddaughter of General Patton. “Pancho Villa and the U.S. Army: A Training Ground for World War I” is at 2 pm on Sunday, March 6, in the museum auditorium. Seating is limited. The lecture is free with admission; Sundays are free to NM residents.

  • El Palacio Magazine | Feb 11, 2016

    El Palacio Magazine Announces Candace Walsh As New Editor in Chief

    El Palacio magazine, the country’s oldest museum magazine at 102 and counting, is pleased to announce the hire of Candace Walsh as Editor in Chief. El Palacio reflects the work of New Mexico’s four state museums in Santa Fe; its eight New Mexico Historic Sites; and its singular Office of Archaeological Studies and is considered the source for knowledge about the art, history and culture of the Southwest.

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Feb 10, 2016

    The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top

    After 30 years, the beloved Morris Miniature Circus returns to the Museum of International Folk Art. Built over the course of 40 years by W.J. “Windy” Morris (1904–1978) of Amarillo, Texas, the Morris Miniature Circus is a 3/8”-sc ...

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 10, 2016

    Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico

    ¡Orale! Take a ride into the creative reimaginings of American steel as captured in photographs, hubcaps, hood ornaments, car show banners and, yes, actual cars. Lowriders, Hoppers, and Hot Rods: Car Culture of Northern New Mexico, opening May 1 (through March 5, 2017) at the New Mexico History Museum focuses on mobile works of art and their makers—home-grown Nuevomexicanos who customize, detail, paint and upholster these favorite symbols of Hispanic culture.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 10, 2016

    Exhibit opening: Santa Fe Faces

    In 2009, photographer Alan Pearlman set out on a quest to capture the soul of Santa Fe in a series of photographic portraits. Some of the results take center stage in the New Mexico History Museum’s Mezzanine Gallery, March 13–September 18, 2016. Santa Fe Faces features a selection from 90 portraits that Pearlman created between 2009 and 2013. Included among them are images of flamenco artist Juan Siddi and Turquoise Trail rancher Archie West. Through them, Pearlman aimed to reveal a moment in the City Different’s history, focusing on the ways that clothing and settings speak to identities and occupations.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Feb 8, 2016

    Community-in-Residence Meets Shakespeare

    Join local arts organizations and Gary Glazner, founder of the internationally acclaimed Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, for a fun-filled morning of creating poetry and song inspired by The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page. This event is crafted especially for people with memory illnesses and their care partners, though everyone is welcome to participate.

    Meet at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Avenue in Santa Fe, on Tuesday, February 23, from 10–11 am. Community-in-Residence is a free event during which we’ll explore Shakespeare’s famous quotes in a spirit of creativity, playfulness and learning, and then invent a performance inspired by his work.

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Jan 28, 2016

    Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia

    Santa Fe is the perfect city for the soon-to-open exhibition Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia. The City of Holy Faith could just as easily be called the City of Many Faiths. From the Natives who considered it a spiritually abundant place, to the Catholics arriving here before the Pilgrim’s, to today’s large communities of Sikhs, Buddhists, and New Age practitioners. Sacred Realm runs from February 28 through March 19, 2017 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jan 20, 2016

    February events at the History Museum

    Doth thou love William Shakespeare? Then February’s your month. The New Mexico Museum of Art features First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, in collaboration with the New Mexico History Museum’s The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page. Come throughout the month to each museum for lectures, performances, hands-on art activities and more. Find out all the ways we’ll help you fall in love with history this February (including a few non-Shakespearean ones).

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jan 20, 2016

    The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page program events

    Augment your visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art’s First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare by stepping across Lincoln Avenue to the History Museum’s exploration of Shakespeare and the art of publishing, in The Book’s the Thing: Shakespeare from Stage to Page. The exhibit includes a full month of free, special programming events.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Jan 15, 2016

    First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare -- updated

    Only New Mexico venue for one of the world’s most influential and valuable books celebrating 400 Years of Shakespeare in 2016

    Fans of the Bard of Avon don’t have to wait too much longer to view the national traveling exhibition First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library opening at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 6, 2016 and running through February 28, 2016. The New Mexico Museum of Art is the only venue in the state to view the First Folio. This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for New Mexicans and other museum visitors to see an original 1623 First Folio—one of the world’s most influential and valuable books, and the original printed source for 18 of Shakespeare’s 38 plays. The New Mexico Museum of Art has created a comprehensive First Folio web site which includes a calendar of exhibition-related programs and events.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Jan 10, 2016

    Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar

    Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 5, 2016 with a free public reception from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The exhibition examines the craftsmanship, design, and history of this popular musical instrument.

    Medieval to Metal is a companion exhibition to two others opening the same evening at the New Mexico Museum of Art, First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare and Stage, Setting, Mood: Theatricality in the Visual Arts. Together, these three exhibitions look at the importance of the stage whether in life or imagination. The forty instruments in Medieval to Metal span centuries, ranging from an intricately inlaid Moorish oud, a six-foot long Renaissance theorbo, to guitars displaying the modern Italian design of Eko, and one with a stunning transparent acrylic body by California’s BC Rich guitars.

  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | Jan 8, 2016

    Multi-Venue Celebration of the Life and Art of Innovative Native American Artist and Designer Lloyd Kiva New

    Year-Long Centennial Celebration of the Prominent Artist This year is the centennial of the birth of seminal Native American artist Lloyd Kiva New, and three Santa Fe arts institutions are celebrating this anniversary in style. Locally, New, a Cher ...

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Jan 3, 2016

    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 will present 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 10, 2017.

    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.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Jan 3, 2016

    Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities

    In 1492, when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella unified the nation under the Catholic crown, a royal edict ordered all Jews to either leave the country or convert to Catholicism within four months—or else. The Spanish Inquisition (and later, the Portuguese and Mexican Inquisitions) stood ready to persecute anyone who failed to abide. Violators would endure prisons, torture and death. Fractured Faiths: Spanish Judaism, The Inquisition, and New World Identities, opening May 22, 2016, stands on the brink of that chasm and leaps into a diaspora that dates to biblical times. For the first time, a major institution tells the comprehensive story of how Spain’s Jewry found a tenuous foothold in North America. Despite continued persecution, its people persisted—sometimes as upright Catholic conversos, sometimes as self-identifying “crypto-Jews.”

  • Museum of Indian Arts and Culture | Jan 2, 2016

    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. The exhibition comprises seventeen pairings of photographs.

  • Museum of International Folk Art | Jan 1, 2016

    $27.6 Million in Arts Grants Includes $40,000 for Museum of International Folk Art Program

    The National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s premiere public arts funding organization, announced today an important grant for the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA).

    The $40,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is part of $27.6 million awarded in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016. The money will allow MOIFA to develop and execute programs that enhance public participation and community collaboration in the Gallery of Conscience, in conjunction with a new exhibition opening in 2016.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Dec 22, 2015

    Resolved: Learn more history in 2016

    The New Mexico History Museum kicks off a new year with a series of robust programs, including the inaugural edition of its third-Sunday-of-the-month Family Fun Days. Check out our schedule for lectures, poetry readings and more.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Dec 1, 2015

    The 2016 Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures, part 1

    Billy the Kid, Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell, the railroad, Pueblo Indians and more are among the topics covered in the next set of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library’s Brainpower & Brownbags Lunch Lectures. Organized by Librarian Tomas Jaehn, the monthly lectures are free, and you’re welcome to bring a lunch. Each lecture begins at noon in the Meem Community Room; enter through the museum’s Washington Avenue doors. Seating is limited.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 30, 2015

    The History Museum Times, December-January edition

    Find out about terrific holiday events and go behind the scenes with our trusty security staff. Learn about the Palace renovation project and check out a truck-sized effort to photograph the building. It’s all in the latest edition of the New Mexico History Museum’s newsletter. Click here to download a pdf or copy this URL into your browser: http://media.newmexicoculture.org/press_releases.php?action=download&releaseID=429.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 23, 2015

    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.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Nov 19, 2015

    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.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 12, 2015

    December events at the History Museum

    Remarkable women, a family-day wool-and-weaving event, and our annual holiday events. Find out what’s up in December at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Nov 3, 2015

    Wool-and-weaving day at the History Museum

    See a new film produced by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center, examine textiles and try your hand at weaving on Sunday, December 6, from 1:30–4 pm. The 20-minute film, An Unbroken Thread: Wool & Weaving in Northern New Mexico, will be shown at 1:30 and 2:30 pm in the History Museum auditorium. Throughout the afternoon, representatives from the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center and museum educators will engage visitors in the materials of the weaver’s trade, teach basic weaving skills and showcase finished textiles. This event is free with admission. Sundays are free to NM residents; children 16 and under are free daily.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 28, 2015

    Palace Press honored with prestigious Edgar L. Hewett Award

    The Press at the Palace of the Governors will receive the Edgar L. Hewett Award by the New Mexico Association of Museums. The award is made to individuals or organizations whose actions exemplify leadership and service to the New Mexico museum community and for their achievements in the museum field. Past recipients include the New Mexico History Museum (2009), the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (2011), and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 20, 2015

    Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons

    During World War II, Santa Fe was the site of one of the nation’s largest Justice Department internment camps. It primarily housed Japanese immigrants, among them the Rev. Tamasaku Watanabe. On Sunday, November 15, at 2 pm, Watanabe’s granddaughter, Dr. Gail Y. Okawa, speaks on a brain-twisting aspect of that heartbreaking period: Even as our government locked up Japanese residents over fears of their supposed disloyalty, their own children put on soldiers’ uniforms to defend the nation.

    “Compounded Ironies: Japanese Internee Fathers, American Patriot Sons” is a free-with-admission lecture in the New Mexico History Museum auditorium. (Sundays are free to NM residents.)

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 19, 2015

    November events at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors

    From an exclusive Palace Guard events to a book-arts flea market and talks on the history of the New Mexico National Guard, internment camps of Japanese people and the various types of Southwestern cuisine, the New Mexico History Museum will deepen your appreciation for the past during November.

  • New Mexico Museum of Art | Oct 8, 2015

    Halloween at the Museums

    Grab the kids, don a costume, and head to the Santa Fe Plaza for a progressive Halloween party on Friday, October 30, at the Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum. We’ll have music, treasure hunts, ghost stories, tarot cards and more. And it’s all free, from 5–8 pm, with full access to all of our exhibitions.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 8, 2015

    Halloween at the Museums

    Grab the kids, don a costume, and head to the Santa Fe Plaza for a progressive Halloween party on Friday, October 30, at the Museum of Art and New Mexico History Museum. We’ll have music, treasure hunts, ghost stories, tarot cards and more. And it’s all free, from 5–8 pm, with full access to all of our exhibitions.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 6, 2015

    Wanted: History Heroes

    Weekly training classes for new volunteer tour guides at the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governors begin Tuesday, November 3, from 9–11 am. Upon completion in late April, students will have deepened their knowledge of our state’s history and be comfortably prepared to lead groups on tours according to their individual schedules.

    Staff members and guest speakers lead the classes, which cover more than 500 years of New Mexico history. The training is free; classes will break for the holidays. To learn more and to register, contact René Harris at (505) 476-5087, rene.harris@state.nm.us.

  • New Mexico History Museum | Oct 1, 2015

    CreativeMornings Gets a Shock

    Sam Scarpino, a Santa Fe Institute resident, talks on the theme of “shock” at a free CreativeMornings event on Wednesday, October 14, 9–10 am. Besides Scarpino’s brief TED-like talk, you can do a little creative networking and enjoy pastries and coffee from the Santa Fe Baking Co. Support provided by the St. Vincent Hospital Foundation.

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