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Events for December 2017

December 1, 2017
First Friday
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Enjoy extended hours at the museum when we are open from 5-7PM on the first Friday of the month
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 2, 2017
Young Native Artists Winter Show & Sale
10:00 am
Continues through December 3, 2017

Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople. Children and Grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the New Mexico History Museums’ Meem Community Room. Free event    
New Mexico History Museum
December 2, 2017
Holiday Party

FOCA+P Exclusive Event
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 3, 2017
First Sunday- NM residents Free
Opening of Crafting Memory
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
New Mexico resident free day!
Museum of International Folk Art
December 3, 2017
Opening of Crafting Memory
The Art of Community in Peru
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Opening events include live music by Barautanga and a reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.
Museum of International Folk Art
December 3, 2017
Film THE MISSING w/ Producer Q&A and Apache Singers
Showing @ 10am and again @ 1pm
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Join us on the FREE FIRST SUNDAY for a screening of "The Missing," a 2003 Ron Howard film. "In 1885 New Mexico, a frontier medicine woman forms an uneasy alliance with her estranged father when her daughter is kidnapped by an Apache brujo." To learn more, visit THE MISSING on IMDB
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 6, 2017
Christmas at the Bosque
4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Wednesday, December 6 from 4:30PM to 6:30pm enjoy Christmas at the Bosque at the Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial .  Listen to history unfold with December letters from the reservation. The evening includes supper and refreshments. 
Bosque Redondo Memorial at Fort Sumner
December 6, 2017
Brainpower & Brownbags
“Frere Arsene Brouard: New Mexico’s Forgotten Botanist”
Noon to 1:00 pm
Lecture by Dr. David Johnson, Professor Emeritus, College of Santa Fe   12:00 to 1:00pm, Auditorium, New Mexico History Museum   Free Seating is limited/no food or beverage
New Mexico History Museum
December 6, 2017
Library Open House
Gustave Baumann and printmaking in New Mexico
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Drop in to the library any time from 1-4PM to read about Gustave Baumann and printmaking in New Mexico. The Museum’s Librarian/Archivist will be here to answer any questions and show you all the library has to offer. Free.
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 8, 2017
Christmas at the Palace
5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community together for an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, a chance to operate an antique printing press, old fashioned activities, a visit from 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. Free event
New Mexico History Museum
December 8, 2017
Creative Mornings
Why Context is King
9:00 am to 10:00 am
Award-winning, nationally-recognized entrepreneur, editor, author, and columnist, Alan M. Webber joins the CreativeMornings crowd for coffee, networking and to address how in an age of blogs and tweets, context turns information into intelligence and transforms “the news” into meaning. That’s why context, not content, is king. Network while enjoying coffee and pastries courtesy of Iconik Coffee Roasters. To register for the December program, go to https://creativemornings.com/talks/alan-webber Free event
New Mexico History Museum
December 9, 2017
Light among the Ruins - Christmas Celebration
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The ruins of Giusewa Pueblo and San Jose de los Jemez Mission will be decorated with hundreds of farolitos.
Jemez Historic Site
December 9, 2017
Counterculture: the Rise of Permaculture
Gallery talk with Roxanne Swentzell
Noon to 1:30 pm
Join the New Mexico History Museum every second Saturday of the month from June-February for a presentation and conversation-style gallery talk in conjunction with the current exhibit, Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest. Roxanne Swentzell is a member of the Naranjo family from the Santa Clara Pueblo of northern New Mexico. An internationally celebrated clay artist, Swentzell is also a pioneer in the permaculture movement intent on training younger Native Americans in Santa Clara and beyond to build hornos (adobe ovens), preserve seeds, select and cook native foods, and preserve the cultural attitudes that have sustained her people for millennia. She has been an activist on behalf of native cultural justice and is in the vanguard of today’s counterculture movement. Free with admission. 
New Mexico History Museum
December 9, 2017
Donation Drop off Day
for the 9th Annual Folk Art Flea
11:00 am to 2:00 pm

Museum of International Folk Art
December 9, 2017
Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Fort Selden Historic Site
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 9 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM enjoy Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Fort Selden Historic Site .  More than 800 luminarias will be lighted, with holiday music, a cozy campfire, and refreshments.  This is a fun night for the whole family.
Fort Selden Historic Site
December 9, 2017
High Desert Harps Holiday Music
1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Enjoy a special, holiday-themed performance by High Desert Harps in the Museum lobby. Free. 1 to 2.30pm
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 10, 2017
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, celebrated around the world, recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus—and includes innkeepers who deny the Holy Family a place of rest. You are invited to stay for carols, cookies and hot cider in the Palace Courtyard. Free. The History Museum and Palace will close at 3 p.m. to prepare for this event. Free event
New Mexico History Museum
December 10, 2017
EXHIBITION OPENING DAY Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
1pm and 3:15pm: Enjoy performances by Apache singers Deshava Apachee and Robert Muñiz 1:30pm and 3:30pm: Watch the Jicarilla Mundo Dancers 2pm: Lecture with Joyce Begay-Foss, Vernon Petago, and Vida Vigil (limited seating!) The Museum of New Mexico Women’s Board will serve refreshments from 2 - 4pm, and as always, there is a children’s/family hands-on art activity. About the exhibit: The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will exhibit over 100 objects dating from the late 1880s to the present. Cultural objects will represent the lifeways of the different Apachean groups in New Mexico and Arizona. These cultural objects include basketry, beaded clothing, parfleche, hunting and horse gear. These groups are: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua), San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
December 17, 2017
Families Make History Workshop
1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
String theory isn’t always chaotic-come to our last program this year to create some exquisite geometric stars out of colored string and thread. They look complicated, but are easy and lots of fun to make. Experiment with different shapes and see what happens. Seating and materials limited. Free.
New Mexico History Museum
December 17, 2017
Holiday Open House
Noon to 4:00 pm
Puppet plays, art making projects, photos with Santa Claus, and other holiday festivities 12-4pm
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 20, 2017
Earth Dialogues : An Evening with N Scott Momaday and Robert Redford
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Moderated discussion with N. Scott Momaday and Robert Redford in the St. Francis Auditorium at 6 pm. Tickets are $12 and available at SANTAFECONNEXT.com.
New Mexico Museum of Art
December 21, 2017
Free Kundalini Yoga at the New Mexico History Museum
Noon to 1:15 pm
Bring your mat, your mind and your body for a free monthly third Thursday Kundalini yoga class in conjunction with Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest. As was taught by Yogi Bhajan, Kundalini yoga is an ancient technology of developing harmony in body, mind and spirit through gentle yogic stretches, energizing breathing and calming meditation. Classes are free (donations welcome), open to everybody and fun. Please bring a mat or a blanket to the Meem Community Room and arrive at least 5-10 minutes before class begins. Classes taught by Kirpal S. Khalsa an accredited Kundalini Yoga Trainer, Minister of Sikh Dharma and involved member of the Espanola Sikh Community. No registration required. Questions? Email   drkripalsingh@yahoo.com
New Mexico History Museum
December 24, 2017
Luminarias in Lincoln
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Lincoln Historic Site
December 25, 2017
Museum Closed
Christms Day
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Museum Closed December 25
Museum of International Folk Art


On Exhibit during December 2017

Through December 29, 2017
Lloyd’s Treasure Chest
Folk Art is a treasure, and Lloyd’s Treasure Chest offers a participatory gallery experience highlighting the Museum’s permanent collection of over 136,000 objects of international folk art from over 100 countries, representing thousands of unique cultures. Because the entire collection can never be on view at the same time, collections are carefully stored and cared for in rooms such as our Neutrogena Vault, which visitors can view from the Treasure Chest gallery.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through December 31, 2017
Jody Naranjo: Revealing Joy
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture will host a solo exhibition featuring the work of current Living Treasure, prolific Santa Clara pueblo potter Jody Naranjo, in the lobby of the museum.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through December 31, 2017
Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts exhibition
The Governor’s Gallery on the 4th floor of the State Capitol is honoring the 2017 recipients of the New Mexico Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts .
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through January 7, 2018
I-Witness Culture: Frank Buffalo Hyde
Artist Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga/Nez Perce) believes it is the artist’s responsibility to represent the times in which they live. Transforming street art techniques into fine art practices, his humorous and acerbic narrative artworks do exactly that. In I-Witness Culture , Hyde investigates the space where Native Americans exist today: between the ancient and the new; between the accepted truth and the truth; between the known and the unknown. Hyde, who created fourteen paintings and three sculptures for I-Witness , divides his contemporary narrative into three sections: Paranormal: The Truth is Out Ther e; Selfie Skndns ; and In-Appropriate . Pre-millennium, if you asked anyone if Native Americans existed, they would tell you only in the past, in black and white photos. They are almost extinct, they would say, and their lands are gone. If you ever meet one, ask if you can touch their hair, take a picture of them as proof that you actually saw one—like Bigfoot they exist beyond the scope of normal experience. Post-millennium, Native Americans are part of the digital age, the selfie age, where if something hasn’t been posted to social media, it never happened. We are sharing information at a rate that has never been possible before in human history: We no longer just experience reality; we filter reality through our electronic devices. Today’s Native artists use technology as a tool of Indigenous activism, a means to document, and a form of validation. In a nation obsessed with sameness—afraid of difference—popular culture homogenizes indigenous cultures, "honoring" us with fashion lines, misogynistic music videos, or offensive mascots and Halloween costumes. Today, these stereotypes and romantic notions are irrelevant as a new generation of Native American artists uses social media to let the world know who they are. Today, we are the observers, as well as the observed. We are here, we are educated, and we define Indian art.      
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through January 21, 2018
Quilts of Southwest China
Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, or museums.  The examples featured here offer an introduction based on new research by a bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums, including participation by the Museum of International Folk Art.  Embodying layers of history, identity, and expertise, these quilts reveal new insights into the contemporary lives of minority communities adapting to a period of great change in China.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through February 11, 2018
Voices of the Counterculture in the Southwest
At a time when concerts and gatherings on the West Coast gave birth to 1967’s infamous “Summer of Love,” New Mexico was experiencing its own social and environmental revolution depicted in Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest . On display through February 11, 2018, the exhibition spans the decades of the 60s and 70s exploring this influx of young people to New Mexico and the subsequent collision of cultures. Through archival footage, oral histories, photography, ephemera and artifacts, the exhibition examines this cultural revolution and asks how these forms of rebellion inform the ways we think about contemporary social and political questions of what it means to be an engaged citizen.
New Mexico History Museum
Through February 18, 2018
A Mexican Century
This exhibit features Mexican prints made by “the Peoples Graphic Workshop” from the collection of Senator Jeff and Anne Bingaman, along with other prints by contemporary artists working with the same commitment and passion for social justice. 
New Mexico History Museum
Through April 29, 2018
Contact: Local to Global
Contact: Local to Global highlights the engagement of artists with New Mexico, the New Mexico Museum of Art with artists and collectors, and New Mexico’s engagement with the national and international arts community. Featuring the work of artists who have lived and worked in the region, works made in New Mexico and significant works with a connection to art in New Mexico, as well as artworks which address the broader issues of land, location and environment, the exhibition includes art by Bruce Nauman, Agnes Martin, Frederick Hammersley, Susan York, Postcommodity, Ati Maier and Yorgo Alexopoulos, among others.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through July 16, 2018
Negotiate, Navigate, Innovate: Strategies Folk Artists Use in Today’s Global Marketplace
The  Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience is an experimental gallery inside the Museum of International Folk Art where the public is invited to help shape the content and form of the exhibition in real tme.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through September 3, 2018
Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West
Footwear is evocative. It tells us about belonging, love, and social aspiration, reflecting the lives of makers and wearers and offering a window into the past and the present. This exhibition features sandals that date back thousands of years found in the dry caves of New Mexico and nearby regions; includes Plains and Southwest moccasins, many beautifully beaded or quilled, and exhibited for the first time in decades; and concludes with examples of contemporary high fashion footwear made artists like Teri Greeves, Lisa Telford, and Emil Her Many Horses. Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West opens at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture on August 27, 2017, and will be on display until September 3, 2018.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through September 16, 2018
No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art
Tramp art is the product of industry, a style of woodworking from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that made use of discarded cigar boxes and fruit crates that were notched and layered to make a variety of domestic objects.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through October 1, 2018
Points Through Time
Projectile points are one of the most iconic images of archaeology in the American Southwest. This exhibition focuses on some of the projectile points that are commonly found here in New Mexico from Paleoindian times (13,500 years ago), through the Archaic, and into Puebloan times (1,260 to 110 years ago) as well as some of the exotic points that have come to New Mexico from California and Texas. The exhibit discusses how archaeologists classify points, why they change through time, and how illegal collection of points can impact the archaeological record. This exhibit opens on International Archaeology Day on Saturday October 21, 2017 at the Center for New Mexico Archaeology (7 Old Cochiti Road). After that, the exhibit is open to the public Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on holidays. Please drop by Archaeology Day at the CNMA! For more info on the event, click the "Upcoming Events" tab to your right.
Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
Through October 7, 2018
Shifting Light : Photographic Perspectives
Shifting Light offers a twenty-first century perspective on the museum’s long-term engagement with the popular medium of photography. Using portraits and oral histories, the show introduces some of the personalities in New Mexico’s twentieth-century photography scene, including Laura Gilpin, Ansel Adams, Thomas Barrow, Anne Noggle and Joyce Neimanas, among many.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through November 25, 2018
Horizons: People & Place in New Mexican Art
Drawn primarily from the New Mexico Museum of Art’s extensive collection, Horizons shows the wide and dynamic range of styles, personalities, cultures, and forms that visual creative expression took here in the 20th century. Featured artists include Robert Henri, Marsden Hartley, John Sloan, Georgia O’Keeffe, Bert Greer Phillips, James Stovall Morris, Victor Higgins, Awa Tsireh, Maria Martinez, Fritz Scholder, Alfred Morang, Cady Wells, Andrew Dasburg, and Gustave Baumann, among many others.
New Mexico Museum of Art
Through March 10, 2019
Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru
This exhibition explores the new directions taken by current Peruvian folk artists during the recent decades of social and political upheaval and economic change. The exhibition will highlight the biographies and social histories of contemporary artists along with examples of work that preserve family tradition, reimagine older artforms, reclaim pre-Columbian techniques and styles, and forge new directions for arte popular in the 21st century.
Museum of International Folk Art
Through July 7, 2019
Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will exhibit over 100 objects dating from the late 1880s to the present. Cultural objects will represent the lifeways of the different Apachean groups in New Mexico and Arizona. These cultural objects include basketry, beaded clothing, hunting and horse gear. These groups are: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua), San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache.
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
Multiple Visions: A Common Bond has been the destination for well over a million first-time and repeat visitors to the Museum of International Folk Art. First, second, third, or countless times around, we find our gaze drawn by different objects, different scenes. With more than 10,000 objects to see, this exhibition continues to enchant museum visitors, staff and patrons.
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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