Events

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

Family Mornings at Folk Art
Featured Event Family

Family Mornings at Folk Art

June 2, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us on the First FREE Sunday of the Month for a new all-ages program "Family Mornings" from 11am-12noon, featuring storytime, hands-on art activities and explorations in the galleries.

  • June 2nd for "Circuses"
  • August 4th for "World Travel"

 FREE for all NM residents . Funded by Museum of New Mexico Foundation Education Fund

Upcoming:

  • Family Mornings takes a summer break for July. Enjoy the International Folk Art Market Family Day
  • August 4th for "World Travel"

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

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.

A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Free Admission Days

  • FIRST Sunday OF THE MONTH IS free for New Mexico residents with ID.
  • Wednesdays are free for New Mexico resident seniors (60 & up) with ID.
  • Children 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members are always admitted free
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Library Pop-Up Open House
Lectures and Talks

Library Pop-Up Open House

June 2, 2019

Join us on Sunday, June 2nd for a Library pop-up open house from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for "Girard before the Wing," A look back at Alexander Girard’s MOIFA exhibitions in the decades prior to his 1982 landmark Multiple Visions: A Common Bond.

All are invited to discover the Bartlett Library & Archives at the Museum of International Folk Art through our 2019 Open House series, featuring pop-up exhibits exploring the world of folk art and the history of the Museum. Please join us for these free events!

Image: Detail, Nacimiento exhibition guide, Alexander Girard, 1961.

Learn more about our Bartlett Library and Archives http://www.internationalfolkart.org/collection/library-and-archives.html

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

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.

A division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs. 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

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10th Annual Folk Art Flea
Featured Event

10th Annual Folk Art Flea

June 8, 2019
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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. Look for the Big Top tent on Milner Plaza on Museum Hill.

One of Santa Fe’s most anticipated special events, the Flea can be counted on to provide collectors of all ages and interests with a wide array of well-priced folk art treasures from  across the globe--from toys to textiles, jewelry to masks, to wood carvings, yard art and more. A special “Collectors’ Corner” displays more rare and unique items.

Free general admission from 10am to 3pm. Friends of Folk Art members shop early at 9am. Call 505.982.6366 ext. 100 to join.  

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Mexican Folk Art Tour
Lectures and Talks

Mexican Folk Art Tour

June 9, 2019
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

In celebration of Alexander Girard join us for Special Public Themed Girard Tours exploring Alexander Girard’s’ work on exhibit, in our exhibit Multiple Visions: A Common Bond and the traveling exhibit Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe

Join docent Ann Murdy for a tour focusing on the influence of Mexican Folk Art on Alexander Girard’s exhibits and textile design. Tour is free with museum admission. Tour size is limited to 15, so please plan to arrive early. Tour starts promptly at 1:30pm. Additional tours will be scheduled if there is overflow.

Learn more about the traveling exhibit Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe http://www.internationalfolkart.org/exhibition/3815/alexander-girard-a-designer-039s-universe

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

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.

 706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

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Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries
Workshop Family

Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries

June 11, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Southside Library at 3:30-4:30pm on June -11th – “Stained Glass” Painting

Join us at this free family programs! Learn about folk art and cultures around the world through hands-on art making. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please take note of the specific dates and library branch location. For more information, please contact 505-476-1215

Additional Programs at

Southside Library at 3:30-4:30pm

June - 25th – Wire Animals

July – 9th – Batik Painting

July – 23rd- Medallion Necklaces

La Farge Library at 3:30- 4:30pm

June -13th – “Stained Glass” Painting

June - 27th – “Wire Animals

July – 11th – Medallion Necklaces

In Partnership with The Santa Fe Public Library

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Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries
Family Workshop

Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries

June 13, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

La Farge Library at 3:30- 4:30pm June -13th – “Stained Glass” Painting

Join us at this free family programs! Learn about folk art and cultures around the world through hands-on art making. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please take note of the specific dates and library branch location. For more information, please contact 505-476-1215

Additional Programs at

La Farge Library at 3:30- 4:30pm

June - 27th – “Wire Animals

July – 11th – Medallion Necklaces

Southside Library at 3:30-4:30pm

June - 25th – Wire Animals

July – 9th – Batik Painting

July – 23rd- Medallion Necklaces

In Partnership with The Santa Fe Public Library

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Arts Alive!
Workshop Featured Event Family

Arts Alive!

June 14, 2019

Join Us on Museum Hill Plaza, MOIFA Outdoor Classroom

Georgia O’Keeffe educators join MOIFA for our June Arts Alive sessions featuring make your very own Girard-style wooden people out of a wooden spoons!

Learn about the friendship that Georgia O’Keeffe and Alexander Girard shared. You can also make miniature flower pictures, like the ones Georgia gave to Girard which are displayed in the Italian Villa scene in the Multiple Visions exhibit.

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FROM 10AM–2PM, Programs begin on the hour. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Museum entrance free for Arts Alive!  participants during workshop hours. Groups of 6 or more, please call to guarantee free admission to the museum. Group Contact: Patricia Sigala, 505-476-1212 patricia.sigala@state.nm.us

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Boundary Trouble: Outliers and American Vanguard Art
Lectures and Talks Featured Event

Boundary Trouble: Outliers and American Vanguard Art

June 15, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Lecture by Lynne Cooke, senior curator for special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. Her talk, titled “Boundary Trouble: Outliers and American Vanguard Art,” will take place in the museum’s Vernick Auditorium on Saturday, June 15, 2-3pm. 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. 

Talk is free with museum admission.

Lynne Cooke’s lecture will consider the work of those who have created art on the periphery, and the moments when these unschooled “outsiders” intersected with the avant-garde. Variously called primitive, amateur, self-taught, naïve, folk, visionary or outsider, these creators are routinely excluded from the art historical canon on the grounds that they have not followed a path of academic art schooling and participated in mainstream art discourse and markets. Cooke offers an alternative narrative that focuses on key moments of intersection between “outliers” and “modern:” credentialed artists who advocated on behalf of their uncredentialed counterparts, and major art institutions which embraced such work at specific moments of cultural change when the boundaries between the center and periphery became unusually porous. Today, when it is often difficult to identify visually work made by trained and untrained makers, there are few justifications for maintaining unquestioned these calcified categories. Among the “outlier” artists whom Cooke will address are Forrest Bess, Henry Darger, William Edmondson, Lonnie Holley, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Martín Ramírez, Bill Traylor, and Judith Scott.

In 2014, Lynne Cooke was named senior curator of special projects in modern art at the National Gallery of Art (NGA). Previous to assuming this position, she was the Andrew W. Mellon Professor at the NGA’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (2012-2014), the deputy director and chief curator at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain (2008-2012), and curator at the Dia Art Foundation in New York (1991-2008). Among the notable exhibitions she has organized are projects on Cristina Iglesias, Rosemarie Trockel, Blinky Palermo, Francis Alÿs, Richard Serra, and Zoe Leonard.

Image:  Horace Pippin, Interior, 1944, oil on canvas, 24 1/8 x 30 3/16 in., National Gallery of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Meyer P. Potamkin, in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1991.42.1. Photo courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington.

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. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Events, news releases and images about activities at the Museum of International Folk Art and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at www.media.newmexicoculture.org

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Arts Alive!
Workshop Featured Event Family

Arts Alive!

June 21, 2019

Join Us on Museum Hill Plaza, MOIFA Outdoor Classroom

Georgia O’Keeffe educators join MOIFA for our June Arts Alive sessions featuring make your own Girard Folk Art Suns!

Learn about the friendship that Georgia O’Keeffe and Alexander Girard shared. You can also make miniature flower pictures, like the ones Georgia gave to Girard which are displayed in the Italian Villa scene in the Multiple Visions exhibit.

ALL WORKSHOPS ARE FROM 10AM–2PM, Programs begin on the hour. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Museum entrance free for Arts Alive!  participants during workshop hours. Groups of 6 or more, please call to guarantee free admission to the museum. Group Contact: Patricia Sigala, 505-476-1212 patricia.sigala@state.nm.us

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Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries
Workshop Family

Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries

June 25, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Southside Library at 3:30-4:30pm on June - 25th – Wire Animals

Join us at this free family programs! Learn about folk art and cultures around the world through hands-on art making. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please take note of the specific dates and library branch location. For more information, please contact 505-476-1215

Additional Programs Southside Library at 3:30-4:30pm

July – 9th – Batik Painting

July – 23rd- Medallion Necklaces

La Farge Library at 3:30- 4:30pm

  June - 27th – “Wire Animals

  July – 11th – Medallion Necklaces

In Partnership with The Santa Fe Public Library

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Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries
Family Workshop

Folk Art Afternoons at the Libraries

June 27, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

La Farge Library at 3:30- 4:30pm June - 27th – “Wire Animals"

Join us at this free family program! Learn about folk art and cultures around the world through hands-on art making. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please take note of the specific dates and library branch location. For more information, please contact 505-476-1215

Additional Programs at

La Farge Library at 3:30- 4:30pm

July – 11th – Medallion Necklaces

Southside Library at 3:30-4:30pm

July – 9th – Batik Painting

July – 23rd- Medallion Necklaces

In Partnership with The Santa Fe Public Library

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Celebrating Art, Music, & Activism
Performance Featured Event Family Demonstration

Celebrating Art, Music, & Activism

June 29, 2019

Celebration and Concert- A collaboration between artists from Santa Fe and Lima, Peru – In the Santa Fe Railyard

Join the Museum of International Folk Art along with Santa Fe’s Alas de Agua and Three Sisters Collectives, and Lima’s Amapolay for a night of art making, music and celebration of community activism. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Community Through Making: From Peru to New Mexico.

6-8 pm

  •             Live screen printing with the artists - Bring a T-shirt to print!
  •             Make a seed ball for planting with Three Sisters Collective            
  •             Family friendly card making activity
  •             Pop-up artists’ market

Food vendors, including local Peruvian spots Cuchara del Inca and Sabor Peruano

7-10 pm           FREE Concert with Tesuque Revolt and headliner Nova Lima

Made possible by the Museum of New Mexico Fund for Museum Education, AMP Concerts, and the Levitt Foundation

Community through Making is made possible by the International Folk Art Foundation, Museum of New Mexico Foundation, and the McCune Charitable Trust.

Community through Making From Peru to New Mexico

Comunidad a través de la Creación De Perú a Nuevo México January 6, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Community through Making brings together local and Peruvian artists to explore how art shapes healthy and vibrant communities. The installation is a conversation across borders, highlighting three collaborative projects that paired local artists and artists from Peru for 10-day residencies in conjunction with the exhibition Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru. This exhibition in the Gallery of Conscience experiments with community curation, filling the gallery with video, stories, and artworks as created and told by museum program participants over the course of the spring and summer of 2018.

Learn more aboput the exhibit http://www.internationalfolkart.org/exhibition/3958/community-through-making-from-peru-to-new-mexico

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.

Hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

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