Events

There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum of International Folk Art! Join us for our many programs listed below.

Pulling Back the Veil on Iran
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Pulling Back the Veil on Iran

February 19, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

an afternoon with Kirk and Sheila Ellis

Join award-winning screenwriter and producer Kirk Ellis and his wife Sheila, passionate folk art collector, for images and experiences from their recent visit to historic cities of Teheran, Yazd and Isfahan, Iran.

The Iran that Kirk and Sheila will talk about is one famous for many things—among them its long tradition of Persian–Islamic arts and architecture whose covered bridges, palaces, mosques and minarets in some instances dating as long ago as 2,500 years. The Ellis’ conversation will pull back the veil on an ancient culture overshadowed by decades of Western media reporting that has been more influenced by political events. And, Sheila will relate what it was like for a woman to travel in Iran.

As Kirk says, "The country’s portrayal in Western media bears little resemblance to what Sheila and I experienced. We were struck by the commonalities, finding there a people who identify more with their remarkable Persian heritage. This trip—our first—was a revelation. Iran is an overwhelmingly welcoming country—secular, urban and cosmopolitan.” 

The Ellis’ visually stunning images—from street and market scenes, to the arts and crafts, and architecture—will be the jumping off point for a lively and wide-ranging conversation.

Kirk noted that, “While there were restrictions on our movements—staying with an authorized guide with an approved itinerary—we had more freedom than we’d expected and were able to slip the leash and wander.” This is evident in their extraordinary and not-often seen images.

“The genie is out of the bottle and he will be hard to put it back in. Sheila and I want folks who attend our talk to know that you have to go beyond what you read in the papers—nothing beats the face-to-face interaction like we had. We hope everyone leaves as inspired as we were by this amazing country.”

Kirk and Sheila’s hour-long conversation will be followed by a Q & A with the audience.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

March 5, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The first Sunday of each month, New Mexico residents are admitted free.

The Museum of International Folk Art is FREE for New Mexico residents the first Sunday of each month.

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S.T.A.R.T.
Featured Event Family

S.T.A.R.T.

March 11, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

For kids age 3 to 5 and their caregivers

Looking for a fun, creative art class for your preschool-aged child? Want to share the wonders of museums with them? The New Mexico Museum of Art and the Museum of International Folk Art invite children aged 3-5 years and their caregivers to be part of an exciting new class series, S.T.A.R.T.: Sharing Time, Art, and Reading Together. The classes feature interactive storytime, songs and games, a sensory-rich museum tour, and creative art-making. Caregivers participate alongside kids and receive books and materials to take home.

Register for a four-week series of classes the Museum of International Folk Art Saturdays, 10-11 am, March 11th, 18th, 25th, and April 1, 2017

The classes are free but space is limited. We request that families register ONLY if they are able to attend all 4 classes in a session. Also, please note we require one adult per child, and we cannot accommodate younger or older siblings. For more information.contact Sara Van Note, sara.vannote@state.nm.us or call (505) 476-5075

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Opening of No Idle Hands
Featured Event Family Exhibition Opening

Opening of No Idle Hands

March 12, 2017
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

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.

This is the first large-scale museum exhibition dedicated to tramp art since 1975. For many years, “tramp art” was believed to have been made by itinerants and hobos, thus its name. It has been demonstrated that this notion is largely erroneous, however the name “tramp art” has remained the only terminology used for this practice, and the paucity of scholarly studies to dispel the mistaken notions about tramp art have allowed the myths to persist. No Idle Hands will examine the assumptions related to class, quality, and the anonymity of the makers of tramp art and consider this practice instead through the lens of home and family while tracing its relationship to industry—whether as individual ethos or big industry. No Idle Hands will also include works by contemporary makers, thus establishing tramp art as an ongoing folk art form rather than a vestige of the past.

Opening events include a lecture by Clifford Wallach from 1 to 2 pm.  From 2 to 4pm Enjoy making notched paper frames, an art project for ages 3 to 103, live music by the Holmsteaders, and a reception hosted by the Women’s Board of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. FREE admission for all generously funded by the Carol & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation.

The exhibition and accompanying publication supported by the International Folk Art Foundation; the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and donors to the Exhibitions Development Fund; the Folk Art Committee/Friends of Folk Art; the Greenberg Foundation; and the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

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A Notch and A Layer
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only Lectures and Talks

A Notch and A Layer

March 13, 2017
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Exclusive event for Friends of Folk Art members with Curator Laura Addison.

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 crates that were notched and layered to make a variety of domestic objects. In conjunction with the Museum of International Folk Art exhibition No Idle Hands: The Myths and Meanings of Tramp Art , this presentation will explore this long misunderstood art form.

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Luted Crucible Casting Demonstration & Lecture
Lectures and Talks Demonstration

Luted Crucible Casting Demonstration & Lecture

March 19, 2017

marking the closing of the Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune Across Asia

The event is offered in conjunction with the Sacred Realm: Blessings & Good Fortune Across Asia exhibition and celebrates its final day on March 19, 2017. 

At the end of  Piers Watson’s presentation, paper flowers made by the public as offerings throughout the run of the Sacred Realm exhibition will be burned in the fire pit, concluding the exhibition.   

Demonstration will be held on the Milner Plaza in front of the Museum of International Folk Art and the lecture will be in the  Museum of International Folk Art, on Museum Hill

Demonstration is open to the public, and the lecture is free with museum admission

The Sacred Realm exhibition features amulets, votive offerings, and ritual objects imbued with other-worldly, divine qualities. Whether used in sacred dance, to pray or help individuals show gratitude or ask for specific favors, to interact with ancestors and deities, or to ward off evil and attract positivity, these objects are means to similar ends. As part of the exhibition, audiences are invited to engage in gallery activities such as making amulets and creating offerings, and are invited to attend the lecture and demonstration to learn about the Luted Crucible casting process—an ancient technique for making metal sculptures including dieties that are represented in Sacred Realm.

Luted Crucible casting is a pre-Industrial Age lost wax technique, found in the archeological record at the 10th century, that is still in use in parts of India and West Africa but is almost unknown in Europe and America. Due to its efficiency, low cost and low risk to health, it is considered a natural form of bronze-casting with great potential for small-scale casting, exploration and experimentation.

Guest artist Piers Watson learned the process of Luted Crucible casting as an apprentice of hereditary tribal casters of Bastar from Chhattisgarh, India. In 2015 he self-published, "The Luted Crucible, a Pre-Industrial Method of Metal Casting," the only book written by a practitioner of the craft and focused entirely on the subject. As an artist, he exhibits his work in Europe and the USA.

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Discount tickets for 2017 International Folk Art Market
Featured Event Ticketed events and galas

Discount tickets for 2017 International Folk Art Market

April 1, 2017 through June 15, 2017
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM

ADVANCE TICKETS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET SANTA FE JULY 14, 15 AND 16, 2017

Buy your tickets in advance for the 2017 International Folk Art Market| Santa Fe and save money!  All tickets are limited and some events will sell out.

Discount ticket sales end June 15, 2017

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Stories from East Indian Quilters: Quilts and quilters in India
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only Lectures and Talks

Stories from East Indian Quilters: Quilts and quilters in India

April 3, 2017
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Quilts of India and Pakistan with Martha Wallace & Patricia Stoddard.

Martha Wallace and Patricia Stoddard researched quilts and quilters in India in 2014 and 2015. Gandhi said "If you want to know India, go to the villages" and they did.  Their research focused on the lives of quilters where education and technology are greatly changing the traditional craft.  Representative quilts from Pakistan and Indian tezxtiles will be offered for sale after the presentation; any sales proceeds benefit tyhe registered trusts and NGOs in these two countries.

PHOTO: MOIFA hosted a panel for Santa Fe’s Council of International Relations International Visitor Leadership Program from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs U.S Department of State on September 16th for African women entrepreneurs.  Pictured with them is MOIFA’s Folk Art Committee member and docent emeritus and Council of International Relations Board member, Martha Wallace,  wearing her dining room curtains from her Peace Corps days in Nigeria (1966-1968) now a coat. Photo by Brent Soloway.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family

First Sunday- NM residents Free

April 5, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents are admitted free the first Sunday of each month.

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Donation Drop Off Days
Featured Event Family

Donation Drop Off Days

April 8, 2017 through April 15, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Support the 8th Annual Folk Art Flea!

Volunteers will cheerfully accept your donation of gently used folk art items  (ceramics, ethnic apparel, jewelry, small furniture, framed art, sculpture, linens, masks, figurines) in exchange for a tax-deductible donation receipt, beginning Saturday April 8 through Saturday April 15  from 9AM to 1 pm at the Museum of International Folk Art, on Museum Hill. If you have large items, or a lot to donate, please call the Folk Art Flea Hotline at 476-1201.

The 8th Annual Folk Art Flea will be held on Saturday May 6, 2017. All proceeds support exhibitions and educational programs at the Museum of International Folk Art, through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. Current Friends of Folk Art members will be admitted for early shopping, before the general public, from 9 A.M. until 10 A.M. Please contact the Museum at 505-982-6366 to join for the Friends of Folk Art

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Still on the Hill
Performance Featured Event Family

Still on the Hill

April 9, 2017
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Instrument makers of the Ozarks: The Life & Work of Ed Stilley

Enjoy an afternoon with Still On the Hill, this unique concert of stories and songs focused on handmade instruments outside of what more people think of as a guitar, fiddle or banjo. These creations are adorned with marbles, bbs, paint and bones. Inside, there are metallic skeletons consisting of saw blades, door springs, chainsaw parts and even glass bottles.  There will be 8 of Ed Stilley’s creations at the concert where attendees will be invited to hold and play the instruments after the performance. A book signing follows

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition No Idle Hands: The Myths and Makers of Tramp Art, by Museum Admission.

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EASTER SUNDAY MUSEUM CLOSED
Closure

EASTER SUNDAY MUSEUM CLOSED

April 16, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Museum closed

The Museum of International Folk Art will be closed Sunday April 16, 2017

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8th Annual Folk Art Flea
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Featured Event Family

8th Annual Folk Art Flea

May 6, 2017
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

A dazzling array of folk art treasures

Shop for gently used folk art treasures from around the world: pottery, ceramics, linens, rugs, textiles, clothing and accessories, framed art, sculpture, toys, musical instruments, small furnishings-ALL at bargain prices!  PLUS a Collector’s Corner of Folk Art Treasures too fine to be included with the Flea!

Admission to the Folk Art Flea is free, and does not include Museum admission.

The Folk Art Flea is organized by the Folk Art Committee and Friends of Folk Art of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation. The Friends of Folk Art is a group of Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members who enjoy folk art, and support themuseum with membership dues. Members enjoy a variety of member only lectures and events, including first pick shopping at 9am, an hour before the general public is admitted. To join or renew, please contact the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.  All proceeds from the Folk Art Flea support exhibitions and educational programs at the Museum of International Folk Art.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

May 7, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents are admitted free the first Sunday of each month.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

June 4, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents admiited free the first Sunday of every month.

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A Day in Scenic Abiquiu
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only Travel and Tours

A Day in Scenic Abiquiu

June 21, 2017

Visit one of the last, true 19th century mercantiles in the village of Abiquiu, now home to the warehouse and showrooms of John Bosshard. John will share his adventures and travels to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands where he selects the extraordinary, unique items made by indigenous artists for his gallery. Other stops include the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm and lunch on the Abiquiu Inn’s lovely outdoor terrace.

Visit one of the last, true 19th century mercantiles in the village of Abiquiu, now home to the warehouse and showrooms of John Bosshard. John will share his adventures and travels to Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands where he selects the extraordinary, unique items made by indigenous artists for his gallery. Other stops include the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm and lunch on the Abiquiu Inn’s lovely outdoor terrace.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

July 2, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents admitted Free the first Sunday of each month.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

August 6, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents admitted Free the first Sunday of each month.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

September 3, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents are admitted free the first Sunday of each month.

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México Mágico: Magical Mexico City
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Members-only Travel and Tours

México Mágico: Magical Mexico City

September 4, 2017 through September 12, 2017
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Friends of Folk Art tour of Mexico City

This trip is full.

Download Itinerary as PDF            

This Trip Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Some Airport Transfers
  • Entry fees to museums
  • Two artist workshops
  • Comfortable / Secure Transportation in a Sprinter van
  • Breakfasts at the hotel, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Ballet Folklórico Performance tickets               

Exclusions:

  • Round trip airfare to Mexico City
  • Personal Expenses, extra beverages and alcoholic drinks
  • Trip insurance (It is recommended that travelers purchase trip insurance)
  • Airport transfers for arrival and departure times not compatible with group transfers
  • Tips for guides and drivers   

Price and Payment Information This trip is open only to current members of Friends of Folk Art. The total price per person based on double occupancy is $2,130. The single supplement is $350. This price includes a $250 donation to the Museum of International Folk Art through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation and is tax deductible and does not include aire fare. A deposit of $500/person is due upon registration and confirmation.

Cancellation and Refund Policy If a cancellation is made before April 1, 2017, you will receive a full refund. Partial refunds less the $250 donation and any non-refundable expenses will be considered until July 1, 2017. No refunds will be made for trip cancellations after July 1, 2017.

About Khristaan Villela Khristaan D. Villela, PhD is the Director of the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM. He specializes in the history of Pre-Columbian and Latin American art, and on the reception of ancient American culture in the modern world. He has curated exhibitions at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, the Miho Museum, Kyoto, Japan, and the New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe. Most recently he was consulting curator for Miguel Covarrubias: Drawing a Cosmopolitan Line, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe (2014). He is the author of Ancient Civilizations of the Americas: Man, Nature, and Spirit in Pre-Columbian Art (Miho Museum, 2011); The Aztec Calendar Stone (with Mary Miller, Getty Publications, 2010); and Contemporary Mexican Architecture and Design (with Ellen Bradbury Reid and Logan Wagner, Gibbs Smith Publications, 2002). Khristaan grew up in a home filled with Mexican folk art and is an enthusiastic supporter of folk artists.                                                                   

About Marina Aguirre Marina began her professional life as a banker but made a major career change to follow her passions of history and anthropology.  She has a master’s degree in Ethno History and is a Ph.D. candidate in History.  Her dissertation is “The roots of patronage in the religious celebrations of villages in Chiapas, Mexico in the 16th & 17th centuries.” Based in Merida, Yucatan, Marina has led previous trips to Mexico City and to other areas of Mexico including Chiapas and Oaxaca for the past five years.  www.marinaaguirre.blogspot.com

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

October 1, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents are admitted free the first Sunday of each month.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family

First Sunday- NM residents Free

November 5, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day

New Mexico residents free the first Sunday of each month.

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Museum Closed
Closure

Museum Closed

November 23, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed for Thanksgiving

The Museum of International Folk Art will be closed Thursday November 23, 2017 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

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First Sunday- NM residents Free
Family Featured Event

First Sunday- NM residents Free

December 5, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico resident free day!

New Mexico residents admitted free the first Sunday of each month.

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Museum Closed
Closure

Museum Closed

December 25, 2017
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Museum Closed December 25

The Museum of International Folk Art will be closed Monday December 25, 2017

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Museum Closed
Closure

Museum Closed

January 1, 2018
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Musuem of International Folk Art will be closed Monday January 1, 2018

The Musuem of International Folk Art will be closed Monday January 1, 2018

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