There’s always something exciting happening at the Museum of International Folk Art! Join us for our many programs listed below.
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
FREE Webinar for Educators, everywhere, presented with the Five College Center for East Asian Studies.
Amulets are widely used to connect with the sacred realm. Enhance your teaching of Asian history and culture through studying examples currently on view in the exhibition, Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune Across Asia at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Explore how people in East Asia use a variety of amulets to bring stability to their lives, to divert ill-will and harm, and to attract love, fertility, prosperity, longevity, and safety. The webinars are FREE and open to all teachers, anywhere! Just sign up ahead of time to receive the link to connect! Sign up here: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fcceas/webinar Image: FIVE LUCKY BATSPin with Shou (longevity) character and five lucky batsChina Bats are lucky creatures in China and images with five bats allude to Five Fortunes: Good Luck; Prosperity; Wealth; Happiness; and Longevity. Five bats surrounding the Chinese character for longevity, shou (寿), is a very powerful symbol of fortune and longevity.
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
All proceeds benefit exhibitions and programs at the Museum of International Folk Art through the Museum of New Mexico Foundation
Clean out your closets, garage and gather your gently used folk art treasures to donate to the Folk Art Flea! Clothing, scarves, jewelry, textiles, rugs, wall hangings, masks, wood carvings, figurines (no toaster ovens, please) toys, - and get a tax donation form for the 2016 tax year.
Friends of Folk Art volunteers will be in the staff parking lot to accept your donations. The access road for the staff parking lot in between the Main visitor parking lot on Camino Lejo and the entrance to the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. One more donation days is scheduled for Saturday December 3, from 10am to 2 pm.If you have large or heavy items you need help with, or none of the donation days work for you; please call the Folk Art Flea hotline at (505) 476-1201 and leave a message so we can make the necessary arrrangements.
The 8th Annual Folk Art Flea will be on Saturday May 6, 2017.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
in the shops and online!
Members will receive 20% off shops purchase and Circles members will receive 25% off. Our museum shops carry a curated selection of books, jewelry and local gifts, as well as one-of-a-kind items inspired by each museum’s distinct identity and exhibitions.
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Museum of New Mexico Foundation Shop and Indigena Imports is very proud to present these selected pieces from the Richard Mandell Collection at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Friday and Saturday, November 25th and 26th. This is the first ever exhibit of these unique examples of Maya weaving from this important collection.
2 Days Only - A special collection of vintage textiles from Richard Mandell presented by David and Sally Hamilton of Austin, Texas. This is the first ever exhibit of these unique examples of Maya weaving from this important collection.
Richard Mandell (1929 – 2013) was an American historian, art collector, triathlete and world traveler. After graduating from Wayne State in Detroit, he spent years as a merchant seaman. Besides English, he learned to speak German, French and Spanish fluently. He earned his M.A. in history from U. of Colorado and his PhD from the U. of California, Berkeley. In 1963 he joined as an associate professor of history at the University of Toronto. In 1966 he moved to a full professorship in modern European history at the U. of South Carolina (Columbia), where he remained as a Distinguished Professor until his retirement in 1992. His most well known book is “The Nazi Olympics” concerning the Berlin Olympics of 1936. He is among those credited with initiating academic debate on the origins of modern sports.
To celebrate his 60th birthday, he rode a bicycle from New York to San Francisco in 24 days. He was a legendary age group competitor in distance running into his 70’s.
Richard Mandell was also a renowned art collector. From 1980 until 2010, he traveled to Guatemala regularly, collecting fine Maya textiles, jade and dance masks. His collection of Guatemalan Maya textiles is estimated to contain 2000 items. Exhibited here are 45 carefully selected items that we were allowed to purchase from the Mandell Collection, graciously made available to us by Richard’s son, Max Mandell.