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Local Exhibits and Events - December 2017


A Centennial Celebration

November 2017 marks the 100th birthday of the New Mexico Museum of Art. After closing its doors for several months for a refreshing renovation, the museum has reopened with all new exhibits.

To commemorate its inauguration on November 25, 1917, the museum hosted an all-day birthday celebration. On that day, the museum welcomed visitors to special events, various performances, and even a birthday cake at the nearby Santa Fe Plaza.

The museum also presented Conversations with Curators, where people could hear the curators talk about artwork in the museum's collections, its recent acquisitions, and new exhibitions. The curators and their exhibits are:

Christian Waguespack, Curator of 20th Century Art
Horizons: "People & Place in Twentieth Century New Mexican Art"
Merry Scully, Head of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Contemporary Art
"Contact: Local to Global"
Katherine Ware, Curator of Photography
"Shifting Light"

These exhibits are now open to the public and we encourage you to stop in to see them.  


Albuquerque Art Museum
"When Modern Was Contemporary"
Selections from the Roy R. Neuberger Collection
Closing December 31, 2017

Roy R. Neuberger (1903–2010) was an avid art collector with an astute eye. During his long career as a money manager (founding partner of Neuberger Berman) in New York, he befriended and purchased works by a remarkable number of artists recognized today as masters of modern art, including Alexander Calder, Stuart Davis, Willem de Kooning, Marsden Hartley, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and numerous others. By 1950, New York was at the center of the avant-garde art world and the collection that Neuberger developed had become one of the most important collections of modern art in the country.

"When Modern Was Contemporary" features some fifty paintings and sculptures and was organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Neuberger Museum of Art of Purchase College, SUNY.


Taos Art Museum at Fechin House
“The Art of Walt Gonske: A Retrospective”
Through January 7, 2018
V. Susan Fisher, the Taos Art Museum’s Executive Director and Curator wrote: “As the next in our annual series of special exhibitions of the work of living Taos artists, this show will trace the evolution of an important artist’s work, as well as his path through the landscapes of the Southwest.” This retrospective exhibition presents 40 paintings spanning 4 decades, from 1974 to the present day. Walt Gonske began his career as an illustrator in the East, not unlike several of the members of the Taos Society of Artists. Since he moved to Taos, he has followed in the illustrious footsteps of his predecessors, vigorously exploring and painting the region’s spectacular landscapes.


Las Posadas, a Santa Fe Christmas Tradition
New Mexico History Museum
105 West Palace Ave.
December 10, 2017
5:30 to 7 p.m.

Las Posadas is a walk that begins at the Palace of the Governors. Participants follow the holy couple, Mary and Joseph, in procession starting on the north side of the Plaza. Once they find refuge at the Palace of the Governor’s courtyard, people are invited to stay for hot cider and sing carols with musicians.

GLOW — “Bridging Time”
Opening Night at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden
December 15, 2017
5 to 8 p.m.
Runs through December 31, 2017

This year’s GLOW winter light event is called, “Bridging Time.” The Botanical Garden has begun its own holiday tradition in creating one of the most unique lighting shows in all of Santa Fe. GLOW features thousands of lights in fantastical formations throughout the Botanical Garden situated on Museum Hill.

SWAIA Winter Indian Market
December 16 and 17, 2017
Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sun.10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The winter Indian Market will be held at La Fonda on the Plaza. Planned as an all-around festive occasion, this year’s winter market will feature more than 130 artists who will be showing and selling excellent examples of jewelry, pottery, paintings, and weavings. There will also be a special silent auction event. For more information, call 505.983.5220.

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