Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts

Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts Hours: -First Friday each month, 1-4 pm -July & August Saturday, 1-4 pm (closed July 4th weekend) -Please call/email us for individual or group tours -Closed Federal Holidays -Free (donations welcome)
Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is actively working to build upon Coe's legacy. One of the Coe Center's goals is to develop a website including an online catalog of the objects in the collection, along with historical, exhibition, and conservation information and references to pertinent scholarship. Looking at both short and long-term projects the Coe Center is reaching out to the world community to cultivate partnerships with institutions, scholars, students, artists, and individuals. By cultivating these relationships and its programs the Coe encourages conversation, research, publications, and exhibitions.
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Throughout his life, Ralph T. Coe's interests focused on indigenous peoples worldwide, with a specific concentration in native peoples of North America. His vision created the Coe which is dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of indigenous art through its programs, exhibitions, and individual study. The Coe emphasizes hands-on experience, learning through actively engaging art-the collection you can touch. The collection represents worldwide indigenous cultures, with its core encompassing the span of historic to contemporary.

Mission: The Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts is a private operating non-profit 501c(3) dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of worldwide indigenous art through its programs, exhibitions, and individual study. The Coe emphasizes hands-on experience, learning through actively engaging art—the collection you can touch. The Coe's collection represents worldwide indigenous cultures, with its core encompassing the span of historic to contemporary North American Native works.

"Masked Heroes" from First American Art Magazine! Check out all of the incredible creations.
05/01/2020

"Masked Heroes" from First American Art Magazine! Check out all of the incredible creations.

"Masked Heroes: Facial Coverings by Native American Artists" received 123 entries from 72 artists. The entries show that the Native art community has responded to the global health pandemic with compassion, generosity, bravery, and hope. Through Masked Heroes, FAAM wishes to celebrate the resilience of Indigenous peoples and help share the beauty that Native artists have created in the face of our shared crisis. We hope you enjoy seeing the results as as we roll out some of these incredible creations, one by one.

First up: Best of Show by Howard La Fortune (Tsawout First Nation), "Bear Snout," yellow cedar and leather, hand-carved, sanded inside and front, hollowed by hand with curved knife. Photo: Sydney Woodward.

Learn more: http://firstamericanartmagazine.com/masks/

This metal hook at the Coe is an amazing thing. We know nothing about it, except it is as beautiful as it is lethal! May...
05/01/2020

This metal hook at the Coe is an amazing thing. We know nothing about it, except it is as beautiful as it is lethal! Maybe you would like to share a thought about where, why, how it came to be ...

Let’s keep the ball rolling with another fishing highlight from the collection. Do you see that round woven object in th...
04/29/2020

Let’s keep the ball rolling with another fishing highlight from the collection. Do you see that round woven object in the center? At first I thought it was a Christmas ornament when I would see it on the shelf, but as I was searching the database this week for another fishing item, I came across this. To my surprise it was a fishing float! Here’s an excerpt from Ted Coe: “These floats that were basically Japanese, use to cross the Pacific Ocean where they eventually landed among other places right at the Makah Reservation coastline.” 🐟

-Samantha Tracy, Coe Collections Manager

Isabel Ides (Makah), Fishing Float Basket, n.d. Woven fiber, glass, dye. 3.5 in. diameter. RTCNA 0748.

I am hooked (pun intended) on these amazing fishing lures from the collection! Here is a brief description from Ted Coe,...
04/28/2020

I am hooked (pun intended) on these amazing fishing lures from the collection! Here is a brief description from Ted Coe, who describes each work: “These were attached to fishing lines which were dangled to attract fish such as lake trout and white fish. The smaller lure would attract trout and small fish and is probably the oldest; the larger lure is more recent and still retains some of its feathers and much of its old fashioned gilt paint and tin trimmings.” 🐟

-Samantha Tracy, Coe Collections Manager

Artist Unknown (Ojibwe), Two Fishing Lures, c. 1925. Wood, feathers, tin, tacks, pigment. Dims vary. RTCNA 1312 a & b.

Check the awesome loomed quillwork in this belt. The detail is incredible!Madeleine Seyah (Dene), Belt, 1987-1988. Loom ...
04/27/2020

Check the awesome loomed quillwork in this belt. The detail is incredible!

Madeleine Seyah (Dene), Belt, 1987-1988. Loom quilled porcupine quills on smoked moosehide backing, border beads. 1.5 x 38 in. NA0472

She is getting ready to fly... How amazing!Lorna Hill (Cayuga Nationa), Bird Whimsy, n.d. Beads, velvet, string, and stu...
04/24/2020

She is getting ready to fly... How amazing!

Lorna Hill (Cayuga Nationa), Bird Whimsy, n.d. Beads, velvet, string, and stuffing. 4 x 8.5 in. NA1113

Happy Friday!!!Happening today at 5pm!Live Instagram interview with @Terranlastgun Terran Last Gun (Piikani/Blackfeet), ...
04/24/2020

Happy Friday!!!
Happening today at 5pm!
Live Instagram interview with @Terranlastgun

Terran Last Gun (Piikani/Blackfeet), “Above Beings & Us”, 2018. Serigraph on paper, ed. 3 of 10, 23.5 x 15.75 x 6 in.
#artconvo #coeartscenter #friday #happyhour

We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Earth Day by taking in some outdoor time, whether it’s in your front yard or...
04/22/2020

We hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful Earth Day by taking in some outdoor time, whether it’s in your front yard or at your favorite trail. To further your enjoyment, here is an incredible nesting box set that is quilled with chickadee designs! You can almost hear them chirping, especially as more and more birds return. 🌎🌱

Irene Desmoulins and Mildred Agounie (Odawa), Set of Nesting Boxes, 2001. Birch bark, sweetgrass, quills, cotton thread, dye. Dims vary. RTCNA 0673a-e.

Navajo cloth dolls are simply one of a kind. They are handsewn and decorated with detailed embellishments that bring out...
04/21/2020

Navajo cloth dolls are simply one of a kind. They are handsewn and decorated with detailed embellishments that bring out the dolls personality and style. This doll is adorned with a beaded necklace, earrings, and sequin buttons. Her purple velvet shirt is beautifully matched with a fun skirt! 🐄🐮

Unknown Artist (Navajo/Diné), Navajo cloth doll, n.d.. Cotton, velvet, beads, sequin, yarn, leather. 7.75 x 3 x 1.5 in. RTCNA 1454.

Unwind with us at the end of the week for an Instagram Live Happy Hour. Coe curator Bess Murphy will chat with artist Te...
04/20/2020

Unwind with us at the end of the week for an Instagram Live Happy Hour. Coe curator Bess Murphy will chat with artist Terran Last Gun this Friday, April 24, 2020 at 5 pm!!

This awesome bag by Terran is in the Coe collection. It was originally part of our IMPRINT exhibition.

Terran Last Gun (Piikani (Blackfeet)), “Above Beings & Us”, 2018. Serigraph on paper, ed. 3 of 10, 23.5 x 15.75 x 6 in.

#artconvo #coeartscenter #friday #happyhour

PRESENTAMOS #NMtwinning Una invitación a reinterpretar obras de arte mantenidas por colecciones de Nuevo MéxicoSorteamos...
04/20/2020

PRESENTAMOS #NMtwinning

Una invitación a reinterpretar obras de arte mantenidas por colecciones de Nuevo México
Sorteamos 5 premios de $200 cada semana durante el mes de mayo
Las 3 mejores entradas recibirán $300 cada una
Detalles en vitalspaces.org

PARA PARTICIPAR:
1. Elija una obra de arte de las colecciones virtuales de uno de nuestros colaboradores:
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art (links en bio). [Include links from FB post above in bio and a link to the All Together NM Fund.]

2. Reinterprete la obra de arte en su hogar; esto puede significar reproducir la obra de arte con su cuerpo o con objetos cotidianos. También puede crear una nueva pintura, dibujo, poema, canción o escena inspirada en una obra. Rogamos que cree reinterpretaciones que honren y respeten el material fuente ya que las entradas culturalmente insensibles no serán incluidas en los sorteos de los premios.

3. Publique la reinterpretación y la obra original (con el nombre de la obra y del o la artista) en Instagram, Twitter, o Facebook.

4. Siga @Vital.Spaces en las redes sociales e incluya #NMtwinning y su lugar de residencia para ser considerado/a para un premio. Indique si usted es estudiante de secundaria o preparatoria, ya que un premio por semana será reservado para un/a participante adolescente.

5. Etiquete la colección de la que proviene la obra (@okeeffemuseum, @coeartscenter, @iaiamocna, @internationalfolkartmoifa, @newmexicoartmuseum) y Vital Spaces (@vital.spaces en Instagram y @vital_spaces en Twitter) para que podamos publicar nuestros favoritos.

6. Esté atento/a para la llegada de un DM avisando si ha sido seleccionado como uno de los ganadores del premio. Los ganadores de todos los premios tendrán la opción de recibir el dinero personalmente o de donarlo al Fondo All Together New Mexico (link en bio).

7. ¡Repita los pasos 1–6 cada semana si lo desea!

Obras del arte:

Cabeza de carnero, la enredadera azul, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1938, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Sin titulo, Anita Field, 1973, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
El demonio está f

Introducing #NMtwinning An invitation to reinterpret art held by New Mexico collections5 randomly selected $200 prizes e...
04/20/2020

Introducing #NMtwinning

An invitation to reinterpret art held by New Mexico collections
5 randomly selected $200 prizes each week throughout May
3 top submissions will each receive $300
Details below and at www.vitalspaces.org

TO PARTICIPATE, INDIVIDUALS NEED TO:
1. Pick a work of art from one of the online collections of our partners: the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, Ralph T. Coe Center for the Arts, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art (links in bio). [Include links from FB post above in bio and a link to the All Together NM Fund.]

2. Reinterpret the work of art in your home—this can mean reproducing the artwork with your body or everyday objects or creating a new painting, drawing, poem, song, or scene inspired by an existing work. Please create reinterpretations that honor and respect the source material. Culturally insensitive posts will not be included in the randomized drawings for the prizes.
3. Post the reinterpretation and the labeled original here, on Twitter, or on Facebook.
4. Make sure to follow @Vital.Spaces and include the hashtag #NMtwinning and where you live to be considered for a prize. If you are a middle or high school student, include that as well. One prize a week will be designated for a teenager.

5. Tag the collection the work is from (@okeeffemuseum, @coeartscenter, @iaiamocna, @internationalfolkartmoifa, @newmexicoartmuseum) and Vital Spaces (@vital.spaces) so that we can repost our favorites!

6. Look out for a DM letting you know if you’ve been selected as one of the prize winners. While anyone is welcome to participate, you must live in New Mexico to be eligible to win a prize. The winner of each prize will have the choice to receive the money personally or to donate it to the All Together New Mexico Fund (link in bio).

7. Repeat steps 1–6 each week if you want!

Works of art:
Ram's Head, Blue Morning Glory, Georgia O’Keeffe, 1938, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum
Untitled, Anita Field, 1973, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art
Demon is out, Happiness is In, sake cup, Japanese, 1868-1912, Museum of International Folk Art
Lady With the Earrings, Gerald Cassidy, n.d., N

04/19/2020
04/17/2020

Details, details, details! A virtual hands-on experience with the collections at the Coe Center reveals endless opportunities for “close looking,” which means you can better discover how a wide variety of media are worked by artists from all over the world. While you can’t come in person right now, we still encourage you to get virtually lost in these snapshots of minutia.

Unknown (Ojibwe or Potawatomi (attrib.)), Knife and Sheath, c. 1750. Buckskin, sinew, porcupine quill, and metal, 8 in. tall (sheath) / knife 10.25 in. tall. NA1070

One last post for the day... These journal entries from students at the Santa Fe Indian School (one of our longstanding ...
04/15/2020
Pueblo Dispatches

One last post for the day...
These journal entries from students at the Santa Fe Indian School (one of our longstanding partner-school for our Hands-On program) and brilliant and sweet and so very powerful. So appreciative of these students to share their experiences so publicly. Nice one, Santa Fe Reporter!

As COVID-19 spreads within Native lands, Santa Fe Indian School students report

I spy a train! 🧐 Let’s take the time to appreciate this miniature pictorial weaving among the other beautiful items in t...
04/15/2020

I spy a train! 🧐 Let’s take the time to appreciate this miniature pictorial weaving among the other beautiful items in the photograph. Miniature objects have such a special feel to them and they truly show the level of artistry it takes to create stunning works of art.

Lula Brown (Navajo), Miniature pictorial rug, 2009. Wool, natural dye, commercial dye, 3.75 x 3.25 in. RTCNA 1491.

Here is some flower power to start off your morning! Take a look at this gorgeous birch bark container decorated with se...
04/15/2020

Here is some flower power to start off your morning! Take a look at this gorgeous birch bark container decorated with sequin beads! It is one of the many stunning birch bark items that we have within the collection.

Wabuse (Mrs. Joe Hill) (Ojibwa), Container, 1985. Birch bark, sequin, spruce lacing, willow rim. 7.75 x 7.5 in. RTCNA 0494b.

Quarantine Stories from First American Art Magazine.
04/15/2020
First American Art Magazine

Quarantine Stories from First American Art Magazine.

ICYMI learn how Jackie Larson Bread balances beadwork, grandparenting, and more during stay-at-home orders in this special interview for FAAM.

Our Hands-On 2020 cohort created a playlist of songs that are helping them get through this crazy time! Give a listen an...
04/15/2020
2020 Hands On, a playlist by Bess Murphy on Spotify

Our Hands-On 2020 cohort created a playlist of songs that are helping them get through this crazy time! Give a listen and share your favorite songs right now!
#creativecuration
#NowPlaying

A playlist featuring Crush, Car, the Garden, Jay Park, and others

This lovely little wallet by Doreen Jensen (Gitsxan), also known as Ha’hl Yee, was a gift from the artist, writer, schol...
04/13/2020

This lovely little wallet by Doreen Jensen (Gitsxan), also known as Ha’hl Yee, was a gift from the artist, writer, scholar, activist, and elder. The small pouch and chain were secreted away in the wallet, only recently rediscovered by one of our Hands-On curators.

Doreen Jensen (Gitsxan), Wallet, 1983. Wool felt, red cotton, commercial button, and Velcro, 3.25 x 4.5 in. RTCNA 0734.

#doreenjensen #gitsxan #handson #killerwhale #walletstyle

More stunning beadwork from the collection! Artist Unknown (Paiute), Beaded Vase, n.d. Beads, glass vase, leather, 10 x ...
04/08/2020

More stunning beadwork from the collection!

Artist Unknown (Paiute), Beaded Vase, n.d. Beads, glass vase, leather, 10 x 2.75 in. RTCFA# NA1029. Photograph by Samantha Tracy.

Check out this beaded baseball cap from our collection! It’s one of the many great examples of personalizing and indigen...
04/07/2020

Check out this beaded baseball cap from our collection! It’s one of the many great examples of personalizing and indigenizing apparel. Wouldn’t you want to sport this outside, especially with all the great sunny days we’ve been having?

Beaded baseball cap by attributed artist Rita Metcalf (Sioux), c.1982-1983. Baseball cap and beads. RTC# NA0421.

In the midst, there is spring coming. Add your pics of blossoms, birds, and springtime in your yard, on your walks, or t...
04/06/2020

In the midst, there is spring coming. Add your pics of blossoms, birds, and springtime in your yard, on your walks, or through your art, to the comments below.

Miniature Quilled Box by Mildred Agounie (Odawa), 1993/1994. Birchbark, porcupine quills, and sweetgrass, 2" diameter x 1.5" high.

We hope everyone is being berry cautious by staying safe and healthy! Enjoy this highlight from our collection—fancy bas...
04/02/2020

We hope everyone is being berry cautious by staying safe and healthy! Enjoy this highlight from our collection—fancy baskets by Clara Neptune Keezer (Passamaquoddy).

(L to R): Lidded Plum Basket, c. 1980, brown ash splint, commercial dyes, sweetgrass (RTC# NA0121); Lidded Strawberry Basket, c. 1987, splint ash, commercial dye, sweetgrass (RTC# NA0098a); and Lidded Strawberry Basket, 1987, splint ash, commercial dye, sweetgrass, spray paint (RTC# NA0098b).

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Throughout his life, Ralph T. Coe's interests focused on indigenous peoples worldwide, with a specific concentration in native peoples of North America. His vision created the Coe Center which is dedicated to increasing public awareness, education, and appreciation of indigenous art through its programs, exhibitions, and individual study. The Coe emphasizes hands-on experience, learning through actively engaging art-the collection you can touch. The collection represents worldwide indigenous cultures, with its core encompassing the span of historic to contemporary.

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The Coe Center is simply a great art collection that is presented in a unique way. Visit it to find out why it is so unique.
Congratulations to the Coe, Nina, Bess and the amazing artists highlighted in IMPRINT! My family had a great time last night at the opening! The buzz of excitement in the community could be felt in every conversation we had last night. Daniel and Nadine loved doing wheat paste art with Eliza, hanging out with the Meow Wolf Team making potato stamps and leaving their marks on the wall. Daniel was especially inspired by Terran J. LastGuns prints. Thank you!
Thanks to the Coe Center for a wonderful tour today for the Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association.