Events

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

Protection: Adaptation and Resistance
Lectures and Talks Exhibition Opening

Protection: Adaptation and Resistance

December 3, 2023
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for the exhibit opening!  FREE for all New Mexico residents.

1:00 - 2:00 pm  -  "Indigenizing Artistic Engagement in Alaska"  A conversation with Asia Freeman, exhibition curator and Bunnell Street Art Center director, and Melissa Shaginoff, co-curator of Ghhúunayúkata/To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka.

2:00 - 4:00 pm - The Women’s Board  hosts refreshments in the Atrium.

To request ASL Interpretation contact Patricia Sigala by November 28 at: patricia.sigala@dca.nm.gov

The traveling exhibition Protection: Adaptation and Resistance presents the work of more than 45 Alaska Native artists who explore the themes of climate crisis, struggles for social justice, strengthening communities through ancestral knowledge, and imagining a thriving future. 

The diverse works in the exhibition range from regalia to images of traditional tattooing, graphic design, and posters for public health and well-being. Iñupiaq artist Amber Webb’s 12-foot-high qaspeq (a cloth hooded overshirt) features the drawn portraits of more than 200 Indigenous women who have been missing or murdered in Alaska since 1950. This Memorial Qaspeq makes visible the scale of loss and grief the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) has in Indigenous communities, and with this installation, Webb calls for a solution to violence against women and healing for Native communities.

Protection: Adaptation and Resistance is a project of the Bunnell Street Art Center in Homer, Alaska. It is made possible, in part, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, The CIRI Foundation, the Alaska Community Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, and the Alaska Humanities Forum.

Protection complements the MOIFA exhibition Ghhúunayúkata/To Keep Them Warm: The Alaska Native Parka, which opened at the museum in May 2023. The idea of protection is also inherent in Ghhúunayúkata/To Keep Them Warm, which examines the Alaska Native parka, a garment made for survival in the harsh environments where Alaska Native peoples live and thrive. Both exhibitions will be on display through April 7, 2024.

 “Protection: Adaptation and Resistance centers Indigenous ways of knowing. Working within intergenerational learning groups and as collaborators in vibrant community networks, Alaska’s Indigenous artists invigorate traditional stories and propose resilient new futures through design, tattoo, regalia, and graphic arts,” said exhibition curator and Bunnell Street Art Center director, Asia Freeman. “The projects featured in this exhibition elevate collaboration, allyship, and community as tools of resistance, adaptation, and cultural affirmation.”The diverse works in the exhibition range from regalia to images of traditional tattooing, graphic design, and posters for public health and well-being. Iñupiaq artist Amber Webb’s 12-foot-high qaspeq (a cloth hooded overshirt) features the drawn portraits of more than 200 Indigenous women who have been missing or murdered in Alaska since 1950. This Memorial Qaspeq makes visible the scale of loss and grief the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) has in Indigenous communities, and with this installation, Webb calls for a solution to violence against women and healing for Native communities.Some of the artists included in Protection include: Bobby Brower, Lily Hope, Melissa Ingersoll, Joel Isaak, Cassandra Johnson, Tommy Joseph, Dimi Macheras, Helen McLean, Holly Nordlum, Jackie Qataliña Schaeffer, Melissa Shaginoff, Hanna Sholl, Marjorie Tahbone, Beverly Tuck, Sarah Ayaqi Whalen-Lunn, Crystal Worl, Rico Worl, and Jennifer Younger, Louise Brady and Carol Hughey.

Kaxhatjaa X’óow/Herring Protectors, 2021

Created by K’asheechtlaa (Louise Brady), Káakaxaawulga (Jennifer Younger), and Carol Hughey with various volunteers. Herring design by Kitkun (Charlie Skultka Jr.)

Wool felt, silk WWII Japanese parachute cloth, metallic fabrics, ribbon, mother-of-pearl, akoya shell, abalone, dimes

Photo credit: Caitlin Blaisdell

Courtesy of Bunnell Street Arts Center

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Conversations with Icons, Christine Mather
Members Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Lectures and Talks

Conversations with Icons, Christine Mather

December 6, 2023
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SOLD OUT!

Friends of Folk Art present Conversations: Intimate Salons with Folk Art Makers, Collectors & Icons with Christine Mather, Folk Art historian, author, purveyor and educator.

Please join us on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, from 10 a.m. to noon to spend time with art historian and author Christine Mather.  She has lived in Santa Fe since 1975 and her expertise on Spanish Colonial art history and the Southwest as well as her easy and fun writing style have made her books some of the best-selling about Santa Fe and its unique style. The wife of Davis Mather, she has also immersed herself in the folk arts of Mexico, New Mexico, and Native America.  The emphasis of this talk will be on her journey with folk art: from collector, author, purveyor to educator.

This event is for FOFA members ONLY.  FOFA members will receive an invitation by email which will include all the details and the price. A single membership allows access to one ticket. A dual membership allows for two tickets.

For information on joining FOFA, a membership group of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, please click here.

For questions, please email friendsoffolkart@gmail.com

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National premiere screening of the PBS award-winning series
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

National premiere screening of the PBS award-winning series

December 9, 2023
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Reserve Seats Here

Join us for the screening of MINIATURES and a discussion with individuals interviewed in the episode: Laura Addison, Museum of International Folk Art; Stuart Ashman, Artes de Cuba Gallery; Nadia Hamid, International Folk Art Market; Thomas Leech, retired, New Mexico History Museum; and Maureen Russell, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. Patricia Bischetti, executive producer and director of “Craft in America,” will facilitate the panel discussion.

MINIATURES explores the world of tiny objects and the artists who make them. From folk art to marionettes to tiny furniture, the artists of MINIATURES reveal what motivates them to work at a scale that demands a masterful attention to detail.

New Mexico artists and organizations figure prominently in MINIATURES, which includes segments on Alexander Girard’s spectacular invented world housed in the Museum of International Folk Art’s Girard Wing; beloved New Mexico artist Gustave Baumann’s marionettes from the collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art; and International Folk Art Market artists who work at a diminutive scale, including Cuban artist Leandro Gómez Quintero, who creates small-scale, painstakingly detailed re-creations of vehicles using found materials.

“Craft in America” is the Peabody Award–winning and Emmy-nominated documentary series that discovers the beauty, significance and relevance of handmade objects and the artists who make them. “Craft in America” staff and film crew traveled to New Mexico twice, in 2022, for filming of the MINIATURES episode. The public broadcast of MINIATURES on PBS will take place on December 29, 2023 (check local listings). All episodes are available for streaming on the PBS App, craftinamerica.org, and pbs.org/craftinamerica.

ARTISTS & INSTITUTIONS FEATURED IN MINIATURES

Alexander Girard and the Museum of International Folk Art, Santa Fe, NM

International Folk Art Market, Santa Fe, NM

Gustave Baumann and the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM

Leandro Gómez Quintero, Baracoa, Cuba

Mark Murphy, Astoria, OR

Caption: Craft in America crew filming the “Miniatures” episode in the Girard Wing. Photo: Laura Addison

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Winter Glow Holiday Stroll on Museum Hill
Performance Holiday Family

Winter Glow Holiday Stroll on Museum Hill

December 15, 2023
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a delightful winter celebration at the Museum of International Folk and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Admission to both museums will be free from 4 pm - 7 pm.

Join us for a short play in Spanish of La Pastorela Cómica at 5pm in the Vernick Auditorium. 

From 4:30- 6:30 visitors can create their own holiday cards and enjoy hot cider and ginger cookies in the Atrium.

Los Pastores o Pastorelas, is a popular holiday drama that has survived the ages. Nearly every cultural group in Santa Fe has performed the holiday rite at one time or another. Community groups gather each year to perform renditions of Los Pastores. The holiday drama came to the New World in the late 16th century with the Spanish missionaries. It carried on primarily through oral tradition among families in Mexico and the American Southwest.

Audiences laugh and clap during a traditional holiday play known as a pastorela, a retelling of the birth of Christ with a comic slant complete with mariachi music and elaborate costumes. Although pastorelas depict the Christian nativity, they include the perils of a group of shepherds, the devil, and angels in a scene of satirical twist.  The short play is presented in Spanish.

Directed and produced by Thelma Arguello, Grupo Coreográfico Leyendas. Dance choreography by Xóchitl Ehrl’s Ballet Folklorico de mi Pueblo and Antonina Romp’s Los Niños de Santa Fe.  Staging, light, and sound by Teatro Paraguas.

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VIRTUAL TOURS: Alexander GirardÂ's Nativities
Lectures and Talks Holiday Featured Event Travel and Tours

VIRTUAL TOURS: Alexander GirardÂ's Nativities

December 18, 2023
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

On this holiday virtual tour, you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from from many countries of the world, including Italy, Peru, Poland, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Greece and France collected by Alexander and Susan Girard. During this festive season, celebrate Girard’s love for Nativities that enthralled him as a child and that he grew to collect. MOIFA has over 200 sets from his folk art Nativity collection. The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises. The virtual tour is free, but please register for your preferred date at the links below and we will send you a Zoom link for the tour.

Register for Dec 18, 2023 09:30 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) here: https://nmculture-org.zoom.us/.../tZApcOuoqzwoE9WpznfGKbn... 

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