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Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
April 6, 2014 to February 15, 2015

This exhibition celebrates the rich Hispano folk tradition of animal wood carving in New Mexico and the continued influence on the national and international scene. The exhibition highlights the historic roots of New Mexican woodcarvers, offering early twentieth century examples of whimsical animals including works by Jose Dolores Lopez and Celso Gallegos.

During the Work Progress Administration (WPA) period of the 1930's, the traditional arts of the region gained resurgence through federal programmed that trained and employed New Mexican folk artists, In 1936, Patrocino Barela's expressionistic woodcarvings created under the auspices of the Federal Arts Project were a part of New Horizons in American Art at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

The wood carving tradition continued into the 1960's primarily for the tourist trade with classic carvings of burros and oxen drawn carts. During this time artists started experimenting with recycled materials and common household paint.

felipe archuletaThe decade of the 1970's was a dramatic period that fostered the powerful animistic forms of Felipe Archuleta and his workshop of carvers. By the 1980's Archuleta's animal sculptures were highly sought after by collectors and curators. His menagerie of domestic and exotic animals made their way to museum exhibits in New York, Paris and Tokyo. Link to full Press Release.

Visitors are encouraged to listen to animal stories by Joe Hays and make an animal mask. Download the animal mask

The Museum of International Folk Art gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their support: The International Folk art Foundation, The Museum of New Mexico Foundation, Newman's Own Foundation and the Museum of New Mexico Exhibitions Development Fund.

Link to Indigogo Campaign
to conserve our Felipe Archuleta Giraffe

Public Programs

Sunday January 25, 2015

Hear Them Roar: The New Mexican Animal carvers and Contemporary American Folk Art. The public is cordially invited to a panel discussion with Michael D. Hall, Davis & Christine Mather, Luis Tapia and Ron Archuleta Rodriquez and Guest Curator Andrew Cecil. By Museum admission, New Mexico residents free on Sundays, youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation Members, always free.

Sunday February 15, 2015

Carving the Animal Kingdom
Final day to see this exhibition of carved wooden animals, wood carving artist demonstrations with Arthur Lopez, Gloria Lopez Cordova and Ron Archuleta Rodriguez . The winner of "Angel Cat" a carved wooden cat with removable wings by Ron Archuleta Rodriguez will be drawn. Raffle tickets are available through the Santa Fe Animal Shelter's Facilities.


Joe HayesSunday May 4

Join Santa Fe's own celebrated Storyteller Joe Hayes for an afternoon of tales (play on words!) inspired by the exhibition The Wooden Menagerie: Made in New Mexico. By Museum Admission New Mexico residents with I.D. FREE on Sundays! Youth 16 and under and Museum of New Mexico Foundation members always free!

Sunday June 1, 2014

The Santa Fe Humane Society and Animal Shelter will be on Milner Plaza with a selection of dogs and cats ready to be your forever friend! FREE!

Tuesday & Thursday
August 5 & 7, 2014
Arts Alive!

10am to 2pm
Join Museum Educators for a mask making project in conjunction with the exhibition Wooden Menagerie: Made In New Mexico. This free program is recommended for people age 3 to 103.

To schedule groups of 6 or more call Patricia Sigala at (505) 476-1212.