Events

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

La Cartonería Mexicana/The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste
Performance Exhibition Opening

La Cartonería Mexicana/The Mexican Art of Paper and Paste

January 29, 2023
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join us for the exhibit opening - FREE Admission for everyone all day!

1:30 -  3:30 pm    Musical performances by Nacha Mendez, and Ballet Folklorico performing ensemble of LNSF.

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

Called cartonería in Mexico, papier-mâché is an integral part of Mexican culture. It uses simple materials of paste, cardboard, and paper evolving from religious purposes to create a diverse array of subjects such as piñatas, dolls, skeletons, toys, and fantastical animals called alebrijes. 

Called cartonería in Mexico, papier-mâché is an integral part of Mexican culture. It uses simple materials of paste, cardboard, and paper evolving from religious purposes to create a diverse array of subjects such as piñatas, dolls, skeletons, toys, and fantastical animals called alebrijes. 

 Cartonería is used in regional and religious festivals throughout the year in Mexico. Cartoneros, artists who create the papier-mâché sculptures,  organize their production year around the popular fiestas of Carnival in early spring, Holy Week in late spring, Corpus Christi in summer, Día de Muertos in autumn, and Christmas in winter. 

The exhibition will feature more than 100 items from the permanent collection, including many objects from the private collection of modernist designer and Santa Fe resident, Alexander Girard, and donations and purchases throughout the history of the museum. 

Most of the work included is made in the two most popular areas for the creation of cartonería–the metropolitan area of Mexico City and the city of Celaya in the state of Guanajuato. The Indigenous masks are from the state of Nayarit. The work in this exhibition spans approximately a forty-year period between 1960 and 2000.   

The Ballet Folklorico performing ensemble of LNSF, directed by Antonina Valdez-Romp, is dedicated to preserving the traditional dances of Mexico.  The Ballet delivers a vibrant and colorful presentation of traditional and modern movements with quick stomping footwork that defines the dances of Mexico.  A joyful and graceful demonstration of dance, music, and costumes.  LNSF seeks to instill life skills in each participant with a positive role model emphasizing respect, discipline, and cultural tolerance to each student.

Nacha Mendez is pioneering the genre of World Latin music, drawing from the influences of her youth combined with the formal training she received during her world travels. Nacha grew up as Marghreta Cordero in the tiny border town of La Union, in southern New Mexico, where she began singing and playing the guitar at an early age. She learned traditional Ranchera Cancion from her grandmother and performed in border towns near El Paso with her cousins the Black Brothers. Nacha is recipient of the New Mexico Music Commission’s 2018 Platinum Music Award.

She went on to study classical voice and electronic music at New Mexico State University before moving to New York City, where she studied flamenco guitar with Manuel Granados of the Music Conservatory.

Photo Credits:  Addison Doty

   

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NM Resident FREE Sunday
Family

NM Resident FREE Sunday

February 5, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico residents admitted FREE on 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!

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

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

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.

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Annual Lunar New Year Celebration
Performance Featured Event Family

Annual Lunar New Year Celebration

February 12, 2023
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Come and celebrate Asian New Year traditions with the Museum of International Folk Art from 1-4 pm.

Family Fun for all ages with FREE Admission courtesy of the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.

1:30 and 3:30 pm Quang Minh Temple Lion Dance Group Parade

2:00-4:00 pm Light Refreshments

2:00 and 3:00 pm  Taiko Drumming performance by Santa Fe Wadaiko

2:30 pm Mochi Tsuki Rice Cake Pounding presentation by Santa Fe JIN 

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit!

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family Featured Event

Family Mornings at Folk Art

February 12, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE Family Program!

Themes:

  • February 12th - Lunar New Year & Stories | Make a Puppet Theater
  • March 12th - Circus Fun!

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Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball
Friends of Folk Art (FOFA) Featured Event

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

February 18, 2023
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM

New Orleans comes to Santa Fe at the Friends of Folk Art party of the year!  

Join us off-site at the Scottish Rite Temple.

An event supporting MOIFA’s high-quality educational programs & world-class exhibits. 

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball

5:30 - 8 PM

Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from Adobo Catering and a Big Easy cocktail, dance to the Partizani Brass Band, and enjoy lavish décor and authentic King Cake! Participate in our alluring costume contest with wonderful prizes. Don your most festive attire for an unforgettable extravaganza of collective joy. The after-dance party with JJ and the Hooligans is included in your admission!

Purchase tickets at Mardi Gras Ball Tix

Post Masquerade Dance Party

8 - 11 PM

Dance the night away with JJ and the Hooligans. Your admission includes Champagne, King Cake, and throw beads.

Purchase Tickets at Dance Party Tix

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler-Let the Good Times Roll. For adults, age 21 and older.

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NM Resident FREE Sunday
Family

NM Resident FREE Sunday

March 5, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

New Mexico residents admitted FREE on 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!

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

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

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.

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Family Mornings at Folk Art
Family Featured Event

Family Mornings at Folk Art

March 12, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our monthly Family Mornings at Folk Art program featuring storytime, art activity, and explorations in the galleries. FREE Family Program!

Themes:

  • March 12th - Circus Fun!

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