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Local Exhibits - September 2017


Santa Fe’s New Mexico Museum of Art is currently displaying three shows that make for a rewarding visit before the museum closes for short-term renovation.

New Mexico Museum of Art
“Cady Wells: Ruminations”
Closing soon: through September 17

Cady Wells was a part of the Santa Fe art colony from the early 1930s and into 1940s. Specializing in watercolor painting, this exhibit shows a good range of his work, starting with obvious influences from John Marin and Andrew Dasburg, but moves ahead to works that show a unique expressive style, particularly as he is affected by the landscape and cultures of Northern New Mexico, and the religious devotion of the old Hispanic community.


“Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now”
Closing soon: through September 17

This exhibit offers a rare opportunity to see drawings from the British Museum, London, by some of the world’s greatest names in art history.  Spanning several centuries, the artists include Albrecht Dürer, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, and more, up to the present day.


“Imagining New Mexico”
Closing soon: through September 17

Drawn from the permanent collection, this revolving exhibit brings out the best from the artists who have worked in New Mexico over the years, from the early days to the present.

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Museum Hill
“Beads: A Universe of Meaning”
Through April 15, 2018

“Beads: A Universe of Meaning” is an exhibit of intimate scale. Featuring the history of beadwork among the indigenous peoples of North America, the show details how beads were initially imported and used as articles of exchange and artistic expression. A uniquely native art form, the exhibit displays the many uses of beads in clothing and jewelry, as well as in works of art, dating from the1850s to modern times.

Museum of International Folk Art
“Quilts of Southwest China”
Through January 21, 2018


The spectacular designs of Chinese quilts, mostly from ethnic minority communities, make for a colorful display at the Museum of International Folk Art. This exhibit represents a cooperative curatorial and research effort between American and Chinese museums, an important step for this particular tradition which has heretofore received little attention from scholars, collectors, or museums. Coming mostly from southwest China, the quilts include traditional bed coverings and household items made from patched and applique scraps, in examples showing the high degree of skill and artistry behind these functional textiles.


Millicent Rogers Museum

“Our Land: Landscapes from the Collection” and “Picturing Home: Landscapes of the Southwest”
Through January 2018

This exhibit offers visitors a chance to see a good selection of Native American paintings with some remarkable examples on display. Underlying the exhibit, we learn that Millicent Rogers’ mother, Mary B. Rogers, was an early promoter of Native American painting and her daughter’s subsequent interest in the work is not coincidental. According to the museum, Mary Rogers encouraged the modern painting style that is primarily associated with the Santa Fe Indian School.

Featured artists in this exhibition include works by Julian Martinez, Awa Tsireh, Tonita Peña, Fred Kabotie, Pop Chalee, Eva Mirabal, Geronima Cruz Montoya, and Quincy Tahoma. As the artists became recognized, their work was selected for exhibits around the country, including in Chicago and New York, and in 1953, at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. Mary Rogers collected dozens of Native American paintings completed in the Santa Fe Indian School style that she later donated to the Millicent Rogers Museum upon its founding in 1956. Several of the works in the exhibit were originally from Dorothy Dunn’s personal collection. 

The Harwood Museum of Art
“The Errant Eye: Portraits in a Landscape”
Closing soon: Through September 17, 2017

Southwestern portraiture is the subject of this exhibit, though presented with a wider-than-usual scope for the definition of “portrait.” Drawn from the museum’s own collection, works in this exhibit focus on the effect of the landscape on Taos artists over the past century and their reflections of the people in that environment. The museum calls it a “fusion of sublime and humble, of high and low styles, of mainstream and local, . . . the paradox of Taos as place.”

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