Santa Fe is one of the world’s most diverse hubs for art, history and culture. If this is your thing, you’ll be happy to know that The City Different is a premiere destination for culturephiles, rich with intriguing and thought-provoking museum exhibits. The slate of brand new exhibits coming in 2018 excites us and will compel you to plan a visit. At the 100-year-old New Mexico Museum of Art one show will highlight the past, present, and future through photography. Exhibits at the Museum of International Folk Art always entertain and inform and the two new exhibits next year will surely do both. Thought you knew all about Apache culture? Guess again. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will show us the diversity of Apache culture.
Whether you’re a first time Santa Fe museum visitor or returning one, the 2018 lineup is exciting and are not to be missed! Here’s a selection of the upcoming exhibitions to get on your calendar:
Horizons: People & Place in New Mexican Art
What better way to celebrate the New Mexico Museum of Art’s 100th birthday than an exhibition that draws primarily from their own extensive collection of art. This show highlights the wide and dynamic range of styles, personalities, cultures and forms that visual creative expression took in New Mexico during the 20th century.
Take a look at the roster of artists included in this exhibit. You might know a few! Robert Henri, Marsden Hartley, John Sloan, Georgia O’Keeffe, Bert Geer Phillips, James Stovall Morris, Victor Higgins, Awa Tsireh, Maria Martinez, Fritz Scholder, Alfred Morang, Cady Wells, Andrew Dasburg, and Gustave Baumann, among many others. This important exhibit opened on November 25, 2017 and runs through November 25, 2018.
Shifting Light: Photographic Perspectives
The exhibition, “Shifting Light,” gives us a 21st century perspective on the museum’s long-term engagement with the popular medium of photography. By using portraits and oral histories, the show introduces some of the personalities in New Mexico’s twentieth-century photography scene, including Laura Gilpin, Ansel Adams, Thomas Barrow, Anne Noggle and Joyce Neimanas, among many. The exhibit opened on November 25, 2017 and runs through October 17, 2018.
Local to Global
The Local to Global exhibit features the work of artists who have lived and worked in the region, works made in New Mexico and important works with a connection to art in the Land of Enchantment, as well as artworks which address the broader issues of land, location and environment, the exhibition includes art by Bruce Nauman, Agnes Martin, Frederick Hammersley, Susan York, Postcommodity, Ati Maier and Yorgo Alexopoulos, among others. Local to Global opened on November 25, 2017 and runs through April 29, 2018.
Lifeways of the Southern Athabaskans
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will exhibit more than 100 objects dating from the late 1880s to the present of cultural objects which represent the lifeways of the different Apachean groups in New Mexico and Arizona. These cultural objects include basketry, beaded clothing, hunting and horse gear. The Southern Athabaskan groups included are the Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua), San Carlos Apache and White Mountain Apache. The exhibit opens on December 10, 2017 and runs through July 7, 2019.
Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru
This exhibition explores the new directions taken by current Peruvian folk artists during recent decades of social and political upheaval and economic change. The exhibition will highlight the biographies and social histories of contemporary artists along with examples of work that preserve family tradition, reimagine older art forms, reclaim pre-Columbian techniques and styles, and forge new directions for “arte popular” or folk art in the 21st century. Crafting Memory opens on December 3, 2017 and runs through March 10, 2019.
Beadwork Adorns the World
Imagine how a small glass bead from the island of Murano (Italy) or the mountains of Bohemia (Czech Republic) can travel around the world, entering into the cultural life of people far away. It can be said that glass beads are the ultimate migrants. Where they start out is seldom where they end up. No matter where they originate, the locale that uses them makes them into something specific to their own world view.
With that in mind, this highly anticipated exhibition is about what happens to these beads when they arrive at their final destination, whether it be the African continent (Botswana, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa), to Borneo, to Burma, to India, Native North America to Latin America (Mexico, Bolivia to Ecuador). Beadwork Adorns the World opens on April 22, 2018 and runs through February 3, 2019.
There you have it. Six “not to miss” 2018 museum exhibits that you’ll just have to come see for yourself. Six opportunities to learn something new, be inspired and entertain friends and family. Of course the permanent collections hold treasures to explore and works of art to contemplate so be sure to plan enough time to take it all in the next time you visit Santa Fe.
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