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Latest Press Releases
MOIFA Celebrates Art as Activism at the Santa Fe Railyard
June 18, 2019
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) brings artists from Santa Fe and Lima, Peru together for an event, Celebrating Art, Music, and Activism, at the Santa Fe Railyard on June 29, 2019, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The event features organizations such as Santa Fe’s Alas de Agua Art Collective and Three Sisters Collective, along with Lima’s Amapolay as part of the current exhibition, Community through Making: From Peru to New Mexico (Comunidad a través de la Creación de Perú a Nuevo México).
Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico
May 29, 2019
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) presents Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico from October 6, 2019, to March 7, 2021. The exhibition explores nearly four centuries of inherited musical styles, which developed into regionally specific traditions. Música Buena articulates the roots of New Mexican music through video, sound, instruments, and live performance.
Mid-Century Santa Fe Announces 2019 Student Art and Design Competition Winners
May 28, 2019
The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration is proud to announce the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition award recipients. The competition honors Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape. Mid-Century Santa Fe collaborators have selected winners in each of the three categories, as well as Best in Show from a pool of New Mexico’s full-time college students. The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019, in the Joan and Clifford Vernick Auditorium at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA).
Mid-Century Santa Fe Celebrates the Bond Between Georgia O'Keeffe and the Girards
May 24, 2019
Three untitled Georgia O’Keeffe originals once hung on the walls of the Italian Villa scene in Multiple Visions: A Common Bond at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). The floral depictions, graphite and watercolor on paper, signify the long-standing friendship between O’Keeffe and Alexander and Susan Girard. The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration celebrates this friendship by hosting a series of activities and programs throughout the summer.
The Bartlett Library and Archives Presents the Open House Exhibit Series
May 23, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM)— The Bartlett Library and Archives invites the public to several open house events throughout the summer and fall at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). Each event has been organized into mini-exhibits, presenting collections to those interested in folklore, arts, and cultural traditions. The Bartlett Library Open House series begins on June 2, 2019, with Girard Before the Wing, paired with MOIFA’s Alexander Girard exhibitions currently on view. The events continue on August 4, October 6, and December 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Museum Library.
Boundary Trouble: Outliers and American Vanguard Art
May 22, 2019
The Museum of International Folk Art presents a lecture by Lynne Cooke, senior curator for special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Cooke’s recent exhibition Outliers and American Vanguard Art furthered the conversation about self-taught or “outsider” art, offering a more inclusive art historical narrative that integrates the contributions of often marginalized artists to the narrative of American visual culture. Her talk, titled “Boundary Trouble: Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” will take place in the museum’s Vernick Auditorium on Saturday, June 15, 2:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. It is free with museum admission.
Experience Santa Fe Collaboration Presents: A Summer of Culture on Museum Hill
May 7, 2019
On a stretch of road no more than a mile long, the Experience Santa Fe collaboration presents a summer of culture on Museum Hill from late May 2019, to early September 2019. Together, the International Folk Art Market (IFAM) and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden host more than fifty artists from around the world, turning the hill into a summer destination, all its own.
On View: The complete picture of Alexander Girard
April 30, 2019
The summer of Girard begins on Sunday, May 5, 2019, as Vitra Design Museum’s retrospective Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe opens at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). The exhibition, in combination with MOIFA’s folk art collection gifted by Alexander and Susan Girard, provides a complete picture of this beloved modern designer who made Santa Fe his home for 40 years. The museum will host a public opening and reception on May 5, 2019, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. including a discussion panel from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan
March 21, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Opening December 6, 2019, and remaining on view through January 10, 2021, the Museum of International Folk Art presents, Yokai: Ghosts and Demons of Japan. Yokai are supernatural beings (like ghosts, demons, ogres, shapeshifters and monsters) and strange, unexplainable phenomena. Yokai gained popularity beyond religious contexts, beginning perhaps as early as the Muromachi period (1392-1573). These ghost and demon images have surfaced throughout Japanese history, and have even influenced modern entertainment and popular culture. The Museum of International Folk Art will be one of the first museums to present a large-scale yokai-centered exhibition in the United States.
The Mid-Century Santa Fe Collaboration Presents: 2019 Student Art and Design Competition
March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019 (Santa Fe, NM)—The Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration presents the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition, taking place from March 20 to April 26, 2019. The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019. The collaboration celebrates the works of Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe for their influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape. Mid-Century Santa Fe proudly announces these three themes as competitive categories for the student competition, to run in tandem with the collaboration and IAIA’s Visual Voices: Contemporary Chickasaw Art.
Museum Director, Khristaan Villela, Ph.D. Among Authors of Award Winning Book
March 13, 2019
The Museum of International Folk Art is pleased to announce that Museum Executive Director Khristaan Villela, Ph.D., and co-editors of The Santa Fe Scottish Rite Temple: Freemasonry, Architecture, And Theatre, have won the Ralph Emerson Twitchell Award. The book was published by the Museum of New Mexico Press on June 24, 2018, and will receive the award on March 30, 2019.
The Mid-Century Santa Fe Collaboration
March 12, 2019
March 12, 2019 (Santa Fe, NM)— This summer, the Mid-Century Santa Fe collaboration, supported by the Santa Fe Arts Commission, honors the city’s modern art and design icons Alexander Girard, Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), and Georgia O’Keeffe. The partnership between the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA), The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) and the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum explores the artists’ lives and influence through exhibitions and community engagement. The collaboration will focus on their contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape.
Muralists Explore Borders and Walls
March 11, 2019
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is honored to host a talk on March 24, 2019, with artists Israel Haros Lopez, John Paul Granillo, and Juan Lira, of Alas de Agua Art Collective. The museum commissioned a mural from the Collective which hangs outside the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience. The talk, taking place from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, revolves around the mural itself and the mission of the Alas de Agua Art Collective.
Multiple Visions: Finding Treasure in the Alexander Girard Wing
March 6, 2019
(Santa Fe, NM)— Museum of International Folk Art’s exhibition Multiple Visions is in the beginning phases of restorative process, providing staff and museum patrons a deeper look at the details Alexander Girard orchestrated more than twenty-five years ago. The extensive cleaning allows audiences to see the details of Girard’s beloved exhibition that have been hidden for decades.
10th Annual Folk Art Flea is on the Move!
February 4, 2019
(Santa Fe, New Mexico) - The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) is celebrating the 10th year of its innovative Folk Art Flea, and it is on the move. Normally held in May, this year’s Flea is jumping to June—Saturday, June 8. The Flea also is moving outdoors. Look for the big tent on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill where this year’s Flea treasures will be waiting for new homes. The large tent will be easy to spot and will provide a roomy and shaded location for shoppers to peruse this year’s folk art finds.