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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:


New Mexico Museum of Art

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.

Victor Higgins, Pablita Passes (Walking Rain), Circa 1916-1917 Oil on canvas 39 3/4 x 42 5/8 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art Gift of Robert L.B. Tobin, 1992 (1992.6.1) (Photo by Blair Clark)

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.

Karl Baden, Untitled (Selective Tones), 1983 Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Gil and Eileen Hitchcock, 1988 (1988.222.4) ©Karl Baden. (Photo by Blair Clark)


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.

Susan York Floating Column 2008 Solid graphite. Collection of the Lannan Foundation Photograph copyright 2008 Jamey Stillings


Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

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.

Mescalero Apache moccasins, ca. 1860­1900. Buckskin, beads, yellow ochre, Courtesy of John and Linda Comstock and the Abigail Van Vleck Charitable Trust, 1705/12. (Photo courtesy of Museum of Indian Arts and Culture)


Museum of International Folk Art

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.

Crafting Memory visits a series of contemporary folk artists in Peru and places their work within a larger framework of Peruvian history and social change. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art)


Beadwork Adorns the World

What happens to beads when they arrive at their final destination? This exhibit will tell you!  (Photo courtesy of the Museum of International Folk Art)

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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