Events

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

Bunad in a Multicultural Norway
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Bunad in a Multicultural Norway

December 10, 2021
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Camilla Rossing, Director of the Norwegian Institute for Bunad and Folk Costume, presents a  talk on how traditional dress in Norway continues to change and evolve within a multicultural population.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibit Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia

Dress helps us fashion identity, history, community, and place. Dress has been harnessed as a metaphor for both progress and stability, the exotic and the utopian, oppression and freedom, belonging and resistance. Dressing with Purpose examines three Scandinavian dress traditions—Swedish folkdräkt, Norwegian bunad, and Sámi gákti—and traces their development during two centuries of social and political change across northern Europe.

Photo credit: Camilla Rossing in Beltestakk for East Telemark. Photo by Laila Durán, courtesy of NBF.

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Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia
Performance Featured Event Exhibition Opening

Dressing with Purpose: Belonging and Resistance in Scandinavia

December 12, 2021
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

1:30 pm- Santa Lucia Procession in the Auditorium

2-4 pm - Women’s Board hosts refreshments in the Atrium

2:30 - 3:30 - Swedish fiddling  perfomance by Karina Wilson in the Atrium

Dress helps us fashion identity, history, community, and place. Dress has been harnessed as a metaphor for both progress and stability, the exotic and the utopian, oppression and freedom, belonging and resistance. Dressing with Purpose examines three Scandinavian dress traditions—Swedish folkdräkt, Norwegian bunad, and Sámi gákti—and traces their development during two centuries of social and political change across northern Europe.

By the 20th century, many in Sweden worried about the ravages of industrialization, urbanization, and emigration on traditional ways of life. Norway was gripped in a struggle for national independence. Indigenous Sámi communities—artificially divided by national borders and long resisting colonial control—rose up in protests that demanded political recognition and sparked cultural renewal. Within this context of European nation-building, colonial expansion, and Indigenous activism, traditional dress took on special meaning as folk, national, or ethnic minority costumes—complex categories that deserve reexamination today. In this exhibition, visitors will be introduced to individuals who adapt and revitalize dress traditions to articulate who they are, proclaim personal values and group allegiances, strive for sartorial excellence, reflect critically on the past, and ultimately, reshape the societies they live in.

Learn more about the companion publication for Dressing with Purpose published by Indiana University Press: https://iupress.org/9780253058577/dressing-with-purpose/

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support comes from Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation and Swedish Council of America.

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities

December 13, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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Virtual Tour: Folk Art Focus on Five
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Folk Art Focus on Five

December 14, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enchanted with MOIFA’s Girard Wing with its 10,000 pieces of vibrantly colored and fantastically arranged folk art from dozens of countries?  Here’s an opportunity to tour  —virtually— Alexander Girard’s last massive art installation from the comfort of your home or hotel. Join us Tuesdays at 11am Mountain Time. The five “stop” tour lasts about 45 minutes. Register yourself now:

Dec 14, 2021 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Dec 21, 2021 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard's Nativities
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard's Nativities

December 20, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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Virtual Tour: Folk Art Focus on Five
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Folk Art Focus on Five

December 21, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enchanted with MOIFA’s Girard Wing with its 10,000 pieces of vibrantly colored and fantastically arranged folk art from dozens of countries?  Here’s an opportunity to tour  —virtually— Alexander Girard’s last massive art installation from the comfort of your home or hotel. Join us Tuesdays at 11am Mountain Time. The five “stop” tour lasts about 45 minutes. Register yourself now:

Dec 21, 2021 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

Dec 28, 2021 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities

December 27, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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Virtual Tour: Folk Art Focus on Five
Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Folk Art Focus on Five

December 28, 2021
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Enchanted with MOIFA’s Girard Wing with its 10,000 pieces of vibrantly colored and fantastically arranged folk art from dozens of countries?  Here’s an opportunity to tour  —virtually— Alexander Girard’s last massive art installation from the comfort of your home or hotel. Join us Tuesdays at 11am Mountain Time. The five “stop” tour lasts about 45 minutes. Register yourself now:

Dec 28, 2021 11:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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NM RESIDENT FREE SUNDAY
Family

NM RESIDENT FREE SUNDAY

January 2, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

New Mexico residents admitted FREE the first Sunday of each month. Youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation members are always free. We are open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Come Explore our Engaging Exhibits! 

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Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities
Featured Event Lectures and Talks

Virtual Tour: Alexander Girard’s Nativities

January 3, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

During this festive holiday season, the Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to present a new virtual tour, "Alexander Girard’s Nativities". On the tour you will be treated to folk art Nativity sets from around the world collected by Alexander and Susan Girard.  The tour includes historical background, fun facts about Girard’s original Nativity installations, and a few surprises.  Please join us in celebrating the holiday season.   Tour runs every Monday at 1pm MT through Jan 3rd, and lasts about 35 mintues. Register Here:

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Featured Event Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

January 8, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us at the museum on the Second Saturday of the Month for our Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE Family Program!

  • January 8th - Light & Shadows 
  • February 12th - Celebrations: Lunar New Year
  • March 12th - Dressing with Purpose 

 

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

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Musical Performance by Euforia
Family Performance

Musical Performance by Euforia

January 16, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Euforia is a Mariachi Norteño Fusion musical group with members from Santa Fe and Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  Our specialties are norteñas, mariachi classics, cumbias and a bit of country.

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Lunar New Year Celebration
Family Featured Event Performance

Lunar New Year Celebration

February 6, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come and celebrate Asian New Year traditions with the whole family at the Museum of International Folk Art’s Annual Lunar New Year Celebration! Fun for all ages. Free Admission to the Museum

The Lunar New Year 2022 celebrates the Year of the Tiger

The Lion Dance performance is by the Quang Minh Buddhist Temple Youth Group of Albuquerque, a non-profit lion dance troupe. "All funds raised by the youth group are used to further the teachings of Buddhism and Vietnamese language and culture to the community. Quang Minh Buddhist Youth Group was founded in 1996, and is still going 15 years strong. Our lion dance troupe has been the finest and oldest team around for over a decade. Join us for one of our energy filled performances, and experience the history and tradition! We perform year around, bringing good luck and fortune to any event.

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Featured Event Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

February 12, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us at the museum on the Second Saturday of the Month for our Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE Family Program!

  • February 12th - Celebrations: Lunar New Year
  • March 12th - Dressing with Purpose 

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Featured Event Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

March 12, 2022
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us at the museum on the Second Saturday of the Month for our Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE Family Program!

  • March 12th - Dressing with Purpose 

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art’s mission is to foster understanding of the traditional arts to illuminate human creativity and shape a humane world. The museum holds the world’s largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure.  The museum’s historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

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