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Latest Press Releases
Quilts of Southwest China Coming to Santa Fe This Summer
March 17, 2017
The Museum of International Folk Art announced today it will host the national touring exhibition of Quilts of Southwest China beginning July 9, 2017 through January 21, 2018.
Luted Crucible' Casting Lecture and Artist Demonstration with Piers Watson; Last Day to See Sacred Realm
January 25, 2017
The Museum of International Folk Art hosts lecture and artist’s demonstration of a Luted Crucible casting with noted artist and author, Piers Watson, on Sunday, March 19, 2017.
The Museum of International Folk Art Presents Lloyd's Treasure Chest: Focus on Folk Art
December 12, 2016
After an extensive renovation, Sunday January 29, 2017, the Museum of International Folk Art will reopen Lloyd’s Treasure Chest: Folk Art in Focus. The gallery will offer visitors a place to explore, interact, and create folk art.
Master Apprenticeship Showcase and Holiday Pop Up Market Inspired by Today's Global Marketplace, an Exhibition-in-the-Making
November 14, 2016
On Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, from 1pm to 4pm, the Museum of International Folk Art presents a Holiday Pop Up Market comprised of six New Mexican artists and their apprentices who have been working together for the past six months. The afternoon of activities and art sales will demonstrate the intergenerational transfer of knowledge, skills and spirit within the community of traditional jewelers, potters, and fiber artists of New Mexico.
The Museum of International Folk Art Presents No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art
October 17, 2016
The Museum of International Folk Art presents No Idle Hands: The Myths & Meanings of Tramp Art, the first large-scale museum exhibition dedicated to tramp art since 1975. The exhibition will present more than 150 examples of tramp art, concentrating on works from the United States, with additional examples from France, Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Canada, Mexico and Brazil to demonstrate the far reach this art form has had. Additionally, the show will analyze and dismantle the myths and misperceptions about tramp art, particularly as they relate to assumptions related to class, quality, and the anonymity of the makers. No Idle Hands opens on March 12, 2017 and remains on display through September 16, 2018.
Tibetan Monks to Construct a Mandala Sand Painting and Perform Special Ceremonies in Santa Fe, August 10-14, 2016
August 1, 2016
Tibetan Buddhist monks from Drepung Loseling Monastery will construct a Mandala Sand Painting Wednesday, August 10 to Sunday, August 14 at the Museum of International Folk Art during the museum’s open hours (10:00am – 5:00pm). From all the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, that of painting with colored sand ranks as one of the most unique and exquisite. Millions of grains of sand are painstakingly laid into place on a flat platform over a period of days or weeks to form the image of a mandala. To date the monks have created mandala sand paintings in more than 100 museums, art centers, and colleges and universities in the United States and Europe.
A Passionate, Fiery, In-Depth Examination Of Flamenco In Three Acts Combining A Dance Performance, Dinner & Tour
July 10, 2016
Famed Chef John Rivera Sedlar of Eloisa joins the Museum of International Folk Art to celebrate the living art form of Flamenco in several, three-part shows. Each event begins at 4pm with a tour of the Museum of International Folk Art’s ongoing exhibition “Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico” that runs through September 10, 2017. Participants will meet curator Nicolasa Chavez, author of “The Spirit of Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico,” and signed copies will also be available for purchase. The second part of the evening starts at 5:30pm, which consists of an artful and inspired Gypsy Dinner at Eloisa by Chef John Rivera Sedlar. The third part of the evening happens at 6:30pm at Eloisa with a live Flamenco performance. This shows take place on July 7, 22, August 26, September 9, and October 7, 2016 and cost $45 per guest, including dinner and show.
A Summer of Fun at the Museum of International Folk Art
April 29, 2016
Come one, come all... step right up and enjoy yourselves from Morris Circus to Flamenco to Sacred Realm... we’ve got it all and for all ages!
The Morris Miniature Circus: Return of the Little Big Top
February 10, 2016
Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia
January 28, 2016
Santa Fe is the perfect city for the soon-to-open exhibition Sacred Realm: Blessings and Good Fortune across Asia. The City of Holy Faith could just as easily be called the City of Many Faiths. From the Natives who considered it a spiritually abundant place, to the Catholics arriving here before the Pilgrim’s, to today’s large communities of Sikhs, Buddhists, and New Age practitioners. Sacred Realm runs from February 28 through March 19, 2017 at the Museum of International Folk Art on Museum Hill in Santa Fe.
FLAMENCO: From Spain to New Mexico
January 3, 2016
Passionate, fiery, sensual, intense In-depth examination of the history and culture of flamenco dance and music. The Museum of International Folk Art will present Flamenco: From Spain to New Mexico, the most comprehensive exhibition to celebrate and study this living tradition as an art form. The exhibition opens November 22, 2015 and runs through September 10, 2017. More than 150 objects will be featured. Among them, items once used by renowned artists Encarnación López y Júlvez “La Argentinita”, José Greco, and Vicente Romero and María Benítez (both from New Mexico). In addition to other stunning loans from private collectors will be those from the museum’s expansive permanent collection.
$27.6 Million in Arts Grants Includes $40,000 for Museum of International Folk Art Program
January 1, 2016
The National Endowment for the Arts, the nation’s premiere public arts funding organization, announced today an important grant for the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). The $40,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is part of $27.6 million awarded in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016. The money will allow MOIFA to develop and execute programs that enhance public participation and community collaboration in the Gallery of Conscience, in conjunction with a new exhibition opening in 2016.
The Red That Colored the World Public Programs
April 24, 2015
Traditional Pots and Provocations
April 9, 2015
Face jugs of the American South: Lecture
March 22, 2015
Face jugs of the American South are the subject of a two-part public program at the Museum of International Folk Art on Sunday, March 22, 1-4pm. John Burrison will give a lecture on the history of this Southern tradition at 1pm, followed by a face jug demonstration by Georgia potter Mike Craven. The programs are in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition Pottery of the U.S. South: A Living Tradition. Both events are by museum admission. New Mexico residents with ID are free on Sundays.