We look forward to hosting the following exhibits beginning 2022.
Endurance in Living Traditions:
The Arts of Spanish Market
The artistic traditions of Spanish Colonial New Mexico is represented by 18 art categories at Spanish Market. They are defined through subjects, forms, materials, tools, and techniques. Each artform can be traced through generations of artisans who have kept the traditions alive and with their own individual creativities have established an evolution of styles from historic times through the modern period of the 20th century and up to today’s innovations and contemporary statements.
Handmade furniture requires both aesthetic and technical skills. Looking at historic New Mexican furniture, we are struck by the durability of joinery and the sensitivity between decoration and utility. This exhibition displays the mastery of our carpinteros.
Feast Day Saints
through the Seasons
From Saint Sebastian’s feast day in January to Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day in December, this ongoing series of quarterly exhibits will present artifacts from the Society’s permanent collections with the pertinent biographical, devotional, and iconographic information of Christian saints during their feast days. In addition to santos, saints appear in many artforms, including textiles, furniture, and metalwork.
The Artists’ Garden:
Ethnobotanical Achievements in the Arts
The Artists’ Garden, located on the museum campus near the Mexican House, displays many plants that are used in the traditional arts, especially for dyes and paints. In addition, the garden functions as inspiration to artists who are seeking subject matter models for their art. In santos, roses and lilies are common iconographic symbols that can be rendered with beautiful results.