Event Details
Bead work Adorns the World-Public Opening, Sunday April 22, 1-4 pm
Exhibition Opening

Bead work Adorns the World-Public Opening, Sunday April 22, 1-4 pm

April 22, 2018

Enjoy live music by EVET

Hands-on beaded figure making for ages 3 to 103

Refreshments hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico

Trunk Show by Etkie, Navajo beadworking coop in To’hajilee

Artist Thomas Haukaas converses in the gallery

Exhibition catalogue signing


Extraordinary how a small glass bead from the island of Murano (Venice, Italy) or the mountains of Bohemia (Czech Republic) can travel around the world, entering into the cultural life of people far distant. 

Glass beads are the ultimate migrants.  Where they start out is seldom where they end up.  No matter where they originate, the locale that uses them makes them into something specific to their own world view.

This exhibition is about what happens to these beads when they arrive at their final destination, whether it be the African continent (Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa), to Borneo, to Burma, to India, Native North America to Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia to Ecuador).  However, this exhibit is not actually about beads, rather it is about the working beads resulting in Beadwork, and what a collective of beads in a garment or an object reveals about the intentions of its makers or use