The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top

The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top


April 3, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Built over the course of forty years by W.J. “Windy” Morris (1904–1978) of Amarillo, Texas, the Morris Miniature Circus is a 3/8”-scale circus model that was acquired by the museum in 1984 and exhibited in 1986. In 2016, the museum will restore and install the Circus once again.

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Catching Dreams Atrapando Suenos

Catching Dreams Atrapando Suenos

After School Program Student Art Exhibit
April 10, 2016 - May 1, 2016

Second annual installation of artwork by students participating in the Museum of International Folk Art’s after school program.

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Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience

Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience

in the Mark Naylor & Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience
July 6, 2014 - April 3, 2016

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. 

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Pottery of the U.S. South:

Pottery of the U.S. South:

A Living Tradition
October 24, 2014 - November 15, 2015

Pottery was crucial to agrarian life in the U.S. South, with useful forms such as pitchers, storage jars, jugs, and churns being most in demand for the day-to-day activities of a household and farm. Today, a century after that lifeway began to change, potters in the South continue to make vital wares that are distinctively Southern. The Museum of International Folk Art celebrated this “living tradition” of American regional culture with the exhibition 

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The Red That Colored The World

The Red That Colored The World


May 17, 2015 - September 13, 2015

As a symbol and hue, red has risen to the pinnacle of the color spectrum. Yet few know of its most prolific and enduring source: Cochineal.

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Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico

Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico


April 6, 2014 - February 15, 2015

One of the most far-reaching exhibits of New Mexico animal wood carvings, Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico, debuted at the Museum of International Folk Art on April 6, 2014 with 107 artworks made by such masters as Felipe Archuleta, Patrociñio Barela, and José Dolores López. The exhibition closed February 15, 2015.

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BRASIL & ARTE POPULAR

BRASIL & ARTE POPULAR


November 17, 2013 - January 5, 2015

A fascinating of unique and vibrant folk traditions were presented in BRASIL & ARTE POPULAR, the exhibition opened Sunday, November 17, 2013 and closed January 5, 2015.

This show featured over 300 pieces from the museum’s rich Brazilian collection: woodblock prints, colorful ceramic and wood folk sculptures, toys and puppets, religious art, festival costumes, and more.

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Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan

Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan


June 9, 2013 - July 27, 2014

Tako Kichi: Kite Crazy in Japan, an exhibition of more than 200 Japanese kites.

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Work in Progress:

Work in Progress:

Folk Artists on Immigration -- Exhibition Lab
March 10, 2014 - June 1, 2014

Work in Progress: Folk Artists on Immigration was the prototype for the exhibition lab, preceeding the “official”  exhibition opening with a convening of international and local artists at MOIFA, in conjunction with the International Folk Art Market| Santa Fe,  July 2014.

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New World Cuisine

New World Cuisine

The Histories of Chocolate, Mate Y Más
December 9, 2012 - January 5, 2014

An exploration of the dawn of world cuisine as we know—and consume—it today. New World Cuisine explored how foods around the world developed from mixing the old and the new, and how many of the tastiest dishes and desserts came to be associated with New Mexico. The exhibition was complemented with interactive gallery activities including a scent station, magnetic world map, and a special selection of chocolate and cuisine in the Museum Gift Shop.

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Let's Talk About This:

Let's Talk About This:

Folk Artists Respond to HIV/AIDS
July 7, 2013 - January 5, 2014

The Gallery of Conscience focused on folk artists’ responses to HIV/AIDS, both here in New Mexico, and around the world. The artists  and community special programs for International Folk Arts Week»—with equal parts humor and pathos and love.

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Plain Geometry Amish Quilts

Plain Geometry Amish Quilts


March 3, 2013 - September 2, 2013

Plain Geometry Amish Quilts explored the origins and aesthetics of a tradition that has evolved in a changing world. These remarkably crafted textiles illustrate the influence of religious proscriptions, westward migration, and interaction with "English" neighbors. The exhibition opened March 3, 2013 and closed September 2, 2013.

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Folk Art of the Andes

Folk Art of the Andes


April 17, 2011 - March 10, 2013

Folk Art of the Andes was the first exhibit in the United States to feature a broad range of folk art from the Andean region of South America, showcasing more than 850 works of Andean folk art primarlity from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Young Brides, Old Treasures

Young Brides, Old Treasures

Macedonian Embroidered Dress
October 1, 2011 - January 6, 2013

Macedonian ethnic dress has it all – it is full of meaning and significance, visually stunning, quite possibly overwhelming, and embodies the skill, expectations, hopes and fears, creative use of materials, and aesthetic sense of the individuals who made and wore it. Saturated with cultural meaning, these many-layered ensembles rank among the best examples of textile art anywhere.

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The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Natural Disaster

The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Natural Disaster

in the Gallery of Conscience
July 3, 2011 - April 29, 2012

The Arts of Survival: Folk Expression in the Face of Natural Disaster explored how folk artists helped their communities recover from four recent natural disasters: the Haitian Earthquake; Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast; Pakistani floods; and the recent volcanic eruption of Mt. Merapi in Indonesia. The exhibition opened July 3, 2011 in the Museum of International Folk Art’s Gallery of Conscience  and closed April 29, 2012.

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Material World:

Material World:

Textiles and Dress from the Collection
December 20, 2009 - August 7, 2011

Material World presented a tantalizing glimpse into the Museum of International Folk Art’s largest collection of textiles and costumes stored in 57 closets and numerous trunks and drawers. The 138 rarely-seen items in this exhibition highlighted the remarkable breadth and depth of 20,000 objects ranging from everyday household articles to elaborately detailed ceremonial wear in the Museum’s textile collection.

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Empowering Women:

Empowering Women:

Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities
July 4, 2010 - May 8, 2011

All of the cooperatives featured in this exhibit had artist booths at the 2010 Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. Exhibition highlights included weaving, beadwork, painting, baskets, embroidery and other traditional folk arts from Bolivia, Rwanda, Peru, Swaziland, India, Kenya, Laos, South Africa, Morocco and Nepal.

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A Century of Masters:

A Century of Masters:

The NEA Heritage Fellows of New Mexico
September 27, 2009 - January 31, 2011

Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts honors folk artists, storytellers, performers, and musicians throughout the United States for their contributions to traditional art forms. The National Heritage Fellows demonstrate artistic excellence and a commitment to their art forms through their processes, techniques, and transmission of the knowledge to others that strengthens and enriches their communities.

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Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda

Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda

The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda
June 6, 2010 - January 6, 2011

Nearly two hundred examples of Pineda’s acclaimed silver work were displayed in Silver Seduction: The Art of Mexican Modernist Antonio Pineda, a traveling exhibition from the Fowler Museum at UCLA. 

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Autumn Fiestas Feasts & Celebrations

Autumn Fiestas Feasts & Celebrations

September 7 to November 15, 2010
September 7, 2010 - November 15, 2010

Open storage display of items highlighting Fiestas, Feast days and Celebrations in the fall from around the world.

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Spring & Summer Celebrations

Spring & Summer Celebrations

From Around the World
April 1, 2010 - August 17, 2010

Spring and summer celebrations from around the world in Lloyd’s Treasure Chest

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Dancing Shadows, Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia

Dancing Shadows, Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia

Epic Tales: Wayang Kulit of Indonesia
March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2010

Wayang kulit performance of Indonesia is among the oldest and greatest story telling traditions in the world, is said to lie at the heart of Javanese culture. Wayang kulit are flat, elaborately painted and intricately carved and perforated leather shadow puppets that cast dazzling shadows through a cotton screen. Traditional performances last all night, beginning in the evening and lasting to dawn. Wayang Kulit performances are always accompanied by a gamelan orchestra—a traditional Indonesian musical ensemble that includes a variety of instruments such as gongs, drums, metallaphones, xylophones, stringed instruments, and vocalists.

 

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Winter Holiday Celebrations from Around The World

Winter Holiday Celebrations from Around The World


December 16, 2009 - February 28, 2010

Happy Holidays and Holy Days

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Lloyds Treasure Chest

Lloyds Treasure Chest


January 1, 2008 - October 5, 2009

Lloyd’s Treasure Chest provided visitors with the opportunity to interact with works not on display in the upstairs galleries, providing a context for further appreciation and understanding of folk heritage, traditions, and aesthetics.

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Nuevo Mexico: El Corazon de la Cultura

Nuevo Mexico: El Corazon de la Cultura

in Lloyd's Treasure Chest
December 24, 2008 - September 27, 2009

Nuevo México: El Corazón de la Cultura, or New Mexico: The Heart of Culture, at the Museum of International Folk Art, showcased the best of Hispano/Latino arts of New Mexico from the early colonial period to 2008. This exhibition presented a unique opportunity to view these works of art up close and personal in Lloyd’s Treasure Chest while the Hispanic Heritage Wing underwent renovations from December 2008 to September 27, 2009.

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Writing With Thread: Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities

Writing With Thread: Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities

Traveling exhibition
May 15, 2009 - August 16, 2009

Writing with Thread: Traditional Textiles of Southwest Chinese Minorities, featured a rare collection of entire ensembles of women’s, men’s and children’s ceremonial dress, baby carriers, quilt covers, festive and religious vestments, silver jewelry, embroidered silk valences, and wax-resist dyed curtains, plus a loom, weaving tools, and embroidery cases. 

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Needles + Pins:

Needles + Pins:

Textiles & Tools
March 27, 2008 - February 15, 2009

Needles and Pins: Textiles and Tools was as much about textiles and the many processes of creating them as it is the tools themselves. Rare and never before seen textiles were displayed in Needles and Pins: Textiles and Tools selected from the Museum of International Folk Art’s vast collection of more than 20,000 textiles. Spinning wheels, looms, needles, sewing boxes, and adrinka stamps, among many other tools of the trade, will also come from the Museum’s rich holdings.

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A Chair For All Reasons

A Chair For All Reasons


June 29, 2008 - January 4, 2009

Sitting is a universal experience. Throughout the world, people settle into chairs, stretch out on benches, perch on stools, sink into sofas or cushion themselves with a pillow, marking the body’s state as being both stationary yet dynamic. 

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Trasteros and Trunks from the Permanent Collection

Trasteros and Trunks from the Permanent Collection


January 3, 2007 - November 30, 2008

During the early Middle Ages the Spanish adopted the Moorish use of chests, low stools, and benches are the predominant furniture items being placed around the edges of rooms. 

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Gee's Bend Quilts and Beyond:

Gee's Bend Quilts and Beyond:

Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Thornton Dial, and Lonnie Holley
November 15, 2006 - May 11, 2007

Gee’s Bend Quilts and Beyond took an in-depth look at the creative vision of a master quilt-maker, and  Mary Lee Bendolph, and the intersecting artistic worlds in which she participated. The traveling exhibition opened November 15, 2006 and closed May 11, 2007.

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