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Saints & Santos: Picturing the Holy in New Spain

Saints & Santos: Picturing the Holy in New Spain speaks to the importance of saints in New Spain, a viceroyalty that was part of the Spanish Empire from 1521-1821 and included modern-day Mexico, Central America, and the US Southwest. In the late sixteenth century, Rome’s attempts to manage sanctity as an official process had a...

Marsden Hartley: Adventurer in the Arts

Marsden Hartley (1877–1943), the self-proclaimed “painter of Maine,” spent much of his life traveling far from his New England roots. As a lifelong wanderer, the places he lived and the objects he collected took on enormous significance for him. Certain locations, from Paris to Berlin, New York to New Mexico, served as touchstones throughout Hartley’s...

Art of the Bullfight

The bullfight is an art form and a significant cultural event across the Spanish speaking world and beyond. The cast of characters includes a cuadrilla or team of bullfighters, led by the matador and his six assistants: two picadores (lancers), three banderilleros (flagmen), a mozo de espada (the lad of the swords). At the center of the extravaganza is their adversary, el toro, the bull. The...

Line by Line

Goodwin Gallery July 6, 2024-March 9, 2025 Clarke Gallery Oct. 5, 2024-March 9, 2025 Line by Line surveys a century of innovative, energetic, and intriguing approaches to one of art’s most ancient and foundational elements: line. The exhibition, opening in two sections, explores the language of line in work by more than seventy artists working from...

Be With Me: A Small Exhibition of Large Paintings

An invitation to “be with me” suggests the immediacy of the present moment in shared space and time. Be With Me: A Small Exhibition of Large Paintings is an exhibition of abstract paintings by three contemporary artists Nick Aguayo, Harmony Hammond, and John Zurier.  The engulfing scale of these works create a situation where one...

Small Wonders

Not everyone believes that bigger is better. Small is not minor, lesser, or unambitious. Small is not something that hasn’t yet grown up, it is its own virtue, its own artistic challenge, its own attention span. Small commands your full attention, makes you stop to look more carefully, lures you in with the promise of...

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on February 6, 2016 and running through February 28, 2016. It has been 400 years since Shakespeare died in Stratford-on-Avon, England, on April 23, 1616. Honoring this milestone, the esteemed Folger Shakespeare Library...

Assumed Identities: Photographs by Ann Noggle

Pilot, photographer, professor, and poet, Anne Noggle (1922-2005) began  her groundbreaking career as a photographer late in life but quickly gained recognition for her witty and honest work. Assumed Identities: Photographs by Anne Noggle opens at the New Mexico Museum of Art on Saturday, April 2, 2016 and runs through September 11, 2016. A free...

Imagining New Mexico

Art does not only reflect the identity of a place, it plays an active role in defining that image. Imagining New Mexico is an exhibition from the museum’s collection that investigates how artists have both shaped and reacted to four key themes of New Mexican identity: Land, Tradition, the Arts, and Modernity. New Mexico, like...

Cady Wells: Ruminations

Cady Wells: Ruminations  presents watercolor paintings from one of the Southwest’s most interesting modernists. Previously shown at the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, Ruminations explores the dynamic and psychologically penetrating watercolor paintings of Cady Wells (1904-1954). This group of more than 22 works all drawn from the museum’s collection features Wells’ uniquely modernist...