Events

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

NM Resident FREE Sunday
Family

NM Resident FREE Sunday

October 2, 2022
10:00 AM - 5:00 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!

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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MAKE & TAKE @ MOIFA
Family

MAKE & TAKE @ MOIFA

October 9, 2022
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us for art in the atrium on Sunday with art projects, coloring sheets, and self-guided treasure hunts. Add to your explorations at MOIFA with fun collection-inspired bilingual art kits, facilitated by our fantastic MOIFA docents.  

Museum admission is always free for Kids and Members, program included with admission. 

This month’s themes:

  • Sunday, October 2nd – Animals in Folk Art! 
  • Sunday, October 9th – Animals in Folk Art! 
  • Sunday, October 16th - Make a Paper Ofrenda!
  • Sunday, October 23rd - Make a Paper Ofrenda!

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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Folk Art Flea Donation Days
Featured Event Friends of Folk Art (FOFA)

Folk Art Flea Donation Days

October 15, 2022
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Bring your tax-deductible folk art donations to the rear parking lot at MOIFA, 706 Camino Lejo, or call 505-476-1201 to make other arrangements.

Donating to the Folk Art Flea is the perfect way to share your gently used folk art treasures, get a tax credit, and benefit a great cause. All proceeds support the education programs and world class exhibitions at the museum.

For more information about the activities of the Friends of Folk Art, click here.

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Public Talk - Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Public Talk - Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga

October 16, 2022
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Join us at MOIFA to jump deep into Yokai, J-horror, and all things spooky with Zack Davisson, Writer, Translator, Folklorist; as he shares the world of " Masters of Monsters: The Tradition of Horror in Japanese Folklore and Manga." Book signing to follow the talk. Free Talk with Museum Admission. Before the talk, get ready for Halloween and make your own Yokai mask from 12noon-2pm in our Atrium.

To request ASL interpretation please contact patricia.sigala@state.nm.us, by Oct. 9th.

From the ancient weird energy of mononoke to the rise of yokai in the Edo period, Japanese storytellers have a well of frights to draw on. Kabuki artists like Tsuruya Namboku IV spun ancient folklore into modern stories. Ukiyo-e artists like Yoshitoshi Tsukioka amped up the gore and writers like Ryunosuke Akutagawa refined the shock into terror.This is the inheritance of horror that modern manga artists have continued to build upon. ‘Ge-Ge-Ge no Kitaro’ artist Shigeru Mizuki was one of the first to use Japan’s folkloric past in manga, followed by second-wave artists like Hideshi Hino and Tsunezo Murotani and modern artists like Junji Ito. Learn more about this legacy of horror!

Zack Davisson is an award winning translator, writer, lecturer, and scholar of manga and Japanese folklore and ghosts. He is the author of YUREI: THE JAPANESE GHOST, YOKAI STORIES, and THE SUPERNATURAL CATS OF JAPAN from Chin Music Press. He contributed to exhibitions at the WERELDMUSEUM ROTTERDAM, the ART GALLERY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, and the INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM OF FOLK ART.  He has lectured on Japanese folklore and manga at DUKE UNIVERSITY, ANNAPOLIS NAVAL ACADEMY, UNIVERSITA CA’ FOSCARI VENEZIA, UCLA, and the UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, and is a frequent guest and panelist at comic and anime conventions. He has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and in THE NEW YORK TIMES, and has written articles for SMITHSONIAN MAGAZINE, WEIRD TALES, JAPANZINE, METROPOLIS, KANSAI TIME-OUT, and THE COMICS JOURNAL. He was a researcher and on-screen talent for National Geographic’s TV special OKINAWA: THE LOST GHOSTS OF JAPAN, has appeared as a commentator on Chinese news network CCTV. He has maintained the popular Japanese folklore website HYAKUMONOGATARI.COM since 2010. He currently resides in Seattle, Washington with his wife Miyuki, their dog Mochi, cats Bagheera and Sheer Khan—and several ghosts.

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NACHA MENDEZ DAY OF THE DEAD CONCERT
Ticketed events and galas Performance

NACHA MENDEZ DAY OF THE DEAD CONCERT

October 25, 2022
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Concert to Benefit the Nacha Mendez Music Scholarship for New Mexican Girls of Color Performances by Awardees of the Nacha Mendez Music Scholarship for New Mexican Girls of Color and the Nacha Mendez Trio

Pianist Willow Schwartz Szeto (age 16), cellist Narai Armour (age 16), and violinist Elena Roybal (age 12), will perform during the reception. Composer, producer, vocalist and guitarist Ishi Sato (age 16) will open the concert followed by the Nacha Mendez Trio. The Nacha Mendez Trio (Nacha Mendez, vocals and guitar; Carla Kountoupes, violin; Melanie Monsour, piano) will perform music to honor our ancestors. The music repertoire will include Native American, Mexican, Jewish, Arabic, Greek, Italian, and Celtic music. New Mexican artist Margarita Cordero (b. Chicago, raised in La Union, NM), of Hispanic and Chihene Nde Apache heritage who performs as “Nacha Mendez,” founded the music scholarship for New Mexican girls of color in 2021. 

Tickets available at https://givebutter.com/NachaD2D

More information: nachamendezscholarship21@gmail.com

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Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration
Performance Featured Event Family

Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Community Celebration

October 30, 2022
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate the Day of the Dead and decorate sugar skulls, calaveras de azúcar, eat traditional Day of Dead treats, pan de muerto, and view the Day of the Dead ofrendas (altars).

Watch Los Niños Dance Performances at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

FREE admission for everyone all day!

To request ASL interpretation, please contact patricia.sigala@state.nm.us by October 23rd.

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NM Resident FREE Sunday
Family

NM Resident FREE Sunday

November 6, 2022
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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Woven: Traditional Swedish Hair Jewelry

Woven: Traditional Swedish Hair Jewelry

November 20, 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Join us for a public talk with hair weaver, artist and teacher,  Karen Keenan.

FREE with museum admission.  To request ASL interpretation, please contact patricia.sigala@state.nm.us by November 10.

in 2018, supported by the American Scandinavian Foundation, Karen traveled to Våmhus, home of her ancestors. There she learned how to make table-made hair jewelry from Joanna Svensson, a master hairworker. In October 2019, the Nordic Center in Duluth, MN featured a hair jewelry exhibition curated by Karen. She began teaching hair jewelry making, first at the Nordic Center and then at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. 

As a child, Karen was interested in her mother’s hair brooch from Våmhus, Sweden. Years later, with many needlework projects under her belt, Karen read about the tradition of Swedish women entrepreneurs in the 1800s who traveled from their homes in Sweden to major European urban areas to make hair jewelry for others. At the time, Karen was unaware of where this growing curiosity in hairwork would lead. Then, in 2018, supported by a Reviving Folk Arts in the Midwest Fellowship through the American Scandinavian Foundation, Karen traveled to Våmhus, home of her ancestors. There she learned how to make table-made hair jewelry from Joanna Svensson, a master hairworker. In October 2019, the Nordic Center in Duluth, MN featured a hair jewelry exhibition curated by Karen. She began teaching hair jewelry making, first at the Nordic Center and then at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. Karen continues to offer classes a North House Folk School and is working with curators at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, MN, in preparation for teaching a bracelet course there in January 2023. Stilll fascinated with traditional and contemporary hairwork, Karen appreciates her husband’s support by making hairwork tables and weights and is eager to share what she knows with others.

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Hair Weaving Workshop with Karen Keenan
Workshop

Hair Weaving Workshop with Karen Keenan

November 20, 2022
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Scandianavian hair weaving expert, teacher & scholar Karen Keenan presents a 2 hour workshop on the  Gimping Technique.

 One of 4 traditional sentimental era hairwork techniques, gimping was widely used to create handcrafted items such as brooches, gift cards, and for home adornments such as framed and hung hair wreaths. It and other hairwork techniques became less commonly made after the early 1900’s. Class participants will learn this technique by making multiple gimped strands with synthetic hair and wire. Shaped strands will then be attached to a card to keep or give to a friend or loved one.

To register for the free workshop email: leslie.fagre@state.nm.us

The workshop is restricted to 12 participants, but there will also be a waiting list if necessary.

In 2018, Karen received  a Reviving Folk Arts in the Midwest Fellowship through the American Scandinavian Foundation, to travel to Våmhus, home of her ancestors. There she learned how to make table-made hair jewelry from Joanna Svensson, a master hairworker. In October 2019, the Nordic Center in Duluth, MN featured a hair jewelry exhibition curated by Karen. She began teaching hair jewelry making, first at the Nordic Center and then at North House Folk School in Grand Marais, MN. 

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