Museum of International Folk Art

Museum of International Folk Art The Museum of International Folk Art's holdings represent diverse cultures and constitute the largest collection of international folk art in the world.

Largest collection of international folk art in the world, and home of the International Folk Art Market in July. HOURS Open Daily 10am-5pm from May through October Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm from November through April. Closed Thanksgiving Day, December 25th, January 1st, and Easter Sunday

Folk Art is made by individuals whose creative skills convey their community’s authentic cultural identity, rather tha...
07/10/2019

Folk Art is made by individuals whose creative skills convey their community’s authentic cultural identity, rather than an individual artistic identity.

Come to the International Folk Art Market July 13 and 14. It is the largest and most diverse folk arts festival of its kind in the world! folkartmarket.org
Photo: Bob Smith

In honor of Alexander Girard, visit our newest exhibit "Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe" organized by the Vitr...
07/03/2019
The Playful, Colorful World of Designer Alexander Girard

In honor of Alexander Girard, visit our newest exhibit "Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe" organized by the Vitra Design Museum, through October 27, 2019.

"In Santa Fe, New Mexico, the late midcentury designer Alexander Girard and his wife, Susan, are local legends. Their presence is a permanent fixture at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA)—where a display of more than 10,000 toys, folk-art objects, and other curios from their personal collection have delighted children and adults alike since 1982."

Influenced by the vivid patterns of folk art and warmth of Santa Fe, Girard’s expansive oeuvre contrasted the austerity of modernism.

We agree with AFAR Travel Guides - July is good for: folk art fans.Read the article below to see why they chose Santa Fe...
07/01/2019
10 Best Places to Travel in July

We agree with AFAR Travel Guides - July is good for: folk art fans.
Read the article below to see why they chose Santa Fe as one of the 10 Best Places to Travel in July!

Looking to go on holiday this July? Dance your way through São Paulo, lace up your hiking boots in Brisbane, or meander through the local markets in Santa Fe.

Get the most out of your travels in New Mexico with the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico -  a free cross-platform mobile app...
06/28/2019

Get the most out of your travels in New Mexico with the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico - a free cross-platform mobile app and website is a free guide to the historic and cultural points of interest throughout in the state, organized by region, proximity and topic.
Download the New Mexico Culture Atlas at atlas.newmexicoculture.org.

"When I went through depression, I just went back into that world because it was a very happy world to me," Graubard sai...
06/25/2019
After depression and grief, Paul Graubard's paintings, collages celebrate the light

"When I went through depression, I just went back into that world because it was a very happy world to me," Graubard said, standing in front of a self-portrait called "Yukon Paul" that uses fur to depict a hat.

Graubard has work in the permanent collections here at the Museum of International Folk Art. His religious and cultural heritage is important to him.

LENOX — Paul Graubard has endured enough darkness in his life. Art provides him with an opportunity to revel in the light.'I laugh a lot at my own paintings,' Graubard said at his home studio …

Lars Krutak - a Research Associate here at MOIFA and a scholar of body art - is a guest curator of “Tattoo: Identity T...
06/20/2019

Lars Krutak - a Research Associate here at MOIFA and a scholar of body art - is a guest curator of “Tattoo: Identity Through Ink”, a new exhibit that opened up at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Iowa.

Learn more here:

06/19/2019
How Alexander Girard Mastered Both Color and a Night on the Town

Check out this great article on MSN about Alexander Girard and the fabulous The Compound Restaurant, Santa Fe - Girard’s only restaurant in his adoptive hometown of Santa Fe!

On the occasion of the multihyphenate designer’s major retrospective in Santa Fe, AD PRO tours Alexander Girard’s famed Compound restaurant

06/17/2019
Video Snapshot of the 2018 Street Art and Activism Workshop

Join the Museum of International Folk Art along with Santa Fe’s Alas De Agua Art Collective and Three Sisters Collective , and Lima’s Amapolay Manufacturas Autónomas on Saturday, June 29 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm for Celebrating Art, Music, & Activism - a night of art making, music and celebration of community activism. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Community Through Making: From Peru to New Mexico.

Here is a video snapshot of the 2018 street art and activism workshop!

Join us for Arts Alive this Friday! Make your very Wooden Spoon People, inspired by Alexander Girard’s wooden dolls no...
06/13/2019

Join us for Arts Alive this Friday! Make your very Wooden Spoon People, inspired by Alexander Girard’s wooden dolls now on view in “Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe” at MOIFA. Arts Alive is a free hands-on art making program for ages 3-103 from 10am - 2pm. See you on the Hill!

More information at www.facebook.com/events/452369652238062/.

Congratulations to the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition award recipients! Mid Century Santa Fe collaborators have...
06/11/2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition award recipients!

Mid Century Santa Fe collaborators have selected winners in each of the three categories, as well as Best in Show from a pool of New Mexico’s full-time college students.

The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019, in the Joan and Clifford Vernick Auditorium at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA). #MidCenturySantaFe

We are proud to announce the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition award recipients! The competition honors Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee), Alexander Girard, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s influence and contributions to New Mexico’s textile, fashion, and visual art landscape.

Mid-Century Santa Fe collaborators have selected winners in each of the three categories, as well as Best in Show from a pool of New Mexico’s full-time college students. The winning works will be on view from August 1 to August 20, 2019, in the Joan and Clifford Vernick Auditorium at the Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA).

Congratulations to John Francis Mustain, Jaida Grey Eagle, Nika Feldman, and Derayna DeClay. Please view each image for artist information. Mid-Century Santa Fe collaborators thank all competition participants for their contributions.

American Home Furniture and Mattress, New Mexico's purveyor of fine furnishings with locations in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Farmington, sponsors the 2019 Student Art and Design Competition.

The free New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Summer/Fall 2019 is now available ...
06/06/2019

The free New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for Summer/Fall 2019 is now available online here: http://nmculture.org/guide/2019-summer-guide-to-museums-historic-sites/

This season’s guide cover features world-renowned designer Alexander Girard’s Abstraction of the image Old Sun, Environmental Enrichment Panel created in 1971 for Herman Miller, from the Vitra Design Museum Collection and the Alexander Girard Estate.

Join us this Sunday, June 9th at 1:30 for a docent lead tour, celebrating the current exhibition  "Alexander Girard: A D...
06/06/2019

Join us this Sunday, June 9th at 1:30 for a docent lead tour, celebrating the current exhibition "Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe", organized by Vitra Design Museum. This Mexican Folk Art Tour will highlight Alexander Girard's inspiration behind some of his designs.

For more information visit http://moifa.org/events/

Western Art & Architecture recently shared a very interesting article about the history of the santero - woodcarvers who...
06/04/2019
Modern - Day Saints Artist Arthur López Brings Tradition to Life - Western Art & Architecture

Western Art & Architecture recently shared a very interesting article about the history of the santero - woodcarvers who create sculptures of saints and other holy figures - and about modern-day saints artist Arthur Lopez.

Read more by visiting the link below.

DURING THE 17TH CENTURY, as the Spanish conquistadores roamed what is now the American Southwest, they found themselves lacking something of importance. Though devout Roman Catholics, they hadn’t brought along the iconic religious statues central to their worship (baroque statuary is cumbersome an...

Qarla Quispe, who designed the polleras (traditional Andean skirts) on display in the exhibition Crafting Memory: The Ar...
05/31/2019

Qarla Quispe, who designed the polleras (traditional Andean skirts) on display in the exhibition Crafting Memory: The Art of Community in Peru, recently shared about having her work at MOIFA. She says that having her work exhibited side by side with folk art is the greatest recognition she could hope for.

Full Translation: "I knew that for the kind of fashion/art that I create, there would be no call from any gallery in Peru. My love for folk art came while I was studying fine arts, with each time I recognized myself more in the cultural artifacts I encountered in my travels. For me it is an honor to be shown next to beautiful things from around the world in the Museum of International Folk Art. It is the greatest reward life could have given me, thanks to Amy Groleau who invited me along with fellow artists, and that the exhibition theme is clothing in resistance."

Yo sabía por la categoría de indumento/arte que elaboro, no sería llamada en alguna galería en Perú, el amor por el arte popular me vino durante la escuela de bellas artes y cada vez me reconocí mas en los artefactos de cultura que encontraba en cada viaje, para mi es un honor estar al lado de bellezas mundiales en el Museo internacional de arte popular en USA, es el mayor premio que la vida me pudo haber dado gracias a Amy Groleau que tuvo el agrado de invitarme al lado de compañeros y que la expocisión gire en torno a prendas en resistencia

Join us on Sunday, June 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for "Girard before the Wing," A look back at Alexander Girard’s M...
05/30/2019

Join us on Sunday, June 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for "Girard before the Wing," A look back at Alexander Girard’s MOIFA exhibitions in the decades prior to his 1982 landmark Multiple Visions: A Common Bond.

All are invited to discover the Bartlett Library & Archives at the Museum of International Folk Art through our 2019 Open House series, featuring pop-up exhibits exploring the world of folk art and the history of the Museum. Please join us for these free events!

Image: Detail, Nacimiento exhibition guide, Alexander Girard, 1961.

Donate to the Flea! Bring your tax-deductible folk art donations to the Museum of International Folk Art. Donations will...
05/29/2019

Donate to the Flea!
Bring your tax-deductible folk art donations to the Museum of International Folk Art. Donations will be accepted from 11 am to 2 pm starting May 29 through June 1. For questions or info call the Folk Art Flea Hotline at (505) 476-1201.

The Denver Art Museum's newest exhibit, “Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America” showcases innovative mid-centur...
05/28/2019
Serious Play: Denver Art Museum showcases innovative mid-century furniture design

The Denver Art Museum's newest exhibit, “Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America” showcases innovative mid-century furniture design, including pieces by Alexander Girard!

A new exhibit at the Denver Art Museum spotlights designers that launched the groundbreaking aesthetic for the "modern" home in the early 1950s. "Serious Play: Design in Midcentury America" focuses

Get the most out of your travels in New Mexico with the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico -  a free cross-platform mobile app...
05/28/2019

Get the most out of your travels in New Mexico with the Cultural Atlas of New Mexico - a free cross-platform mobile app and website is a free guide to the historic and cultural points of interest throughout in the state, organized by region, proximity and topic.
Download the New Mexico Culture Atlas at atlas.newmexicoculture.org.

05/24/2019

On May 24, 1987, MOIFA observed Alexander Girard’s 80th birthday with an exuberant celebration of his life.

In her opening remarks, MOIFA director Charlene Cerny thanked him on behalf of the “many hundreds of thousands of visitors, young and old alike, for a gift and a vision which moves each of us” and noted that his contributions had transformed the museum “into a kind of folk art Mecca.”

Piñatas are folk art! Las Vegas NV based artist Justin Favela is featured in a new PBS show State of the Art, which sur...
05/23/2019
State of the Art | State of the Art

Piñatas are folk art!
Las Vegas NV based artist Justin Favela is featured in a new PBS show State of the Art, which surveys artists included in an exhibition a few years ago at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

Favela exhibited a lowrider piñata at the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2016. He also did a large-scale installation, with piñata technology for the National Hispanic Cultural Center show The Piñata (Sure to be a Smash Hit!), on display in 2017.

Check it out:
https://www.thirteen.org/programs/state-of-the-art/state-of-the-art-0mbdey/

After an exhilarating national journey of artistic discovery, 100 under-recognized American artists were selected for one unforgettable exhibition. “State of the Art," a one-hour documentary, captures the personal stories of seven diverse artists from Crystal Bridges’ groundbreaking exhibit who ...

Folk Art Flea - May 5, 2018
05/23/2019

Folk Art Flea - May 5, 2018

Yo-Yo Ma called out Shipibo artist Olinda Silvano for the mural she painted on a building in the historic city center of...
05/21/2019
Yo-Yo Ma on Twitter

Yo-Yo Ma called out Shipibo artist Olinda Silvano for the mural she painted on a building in the historic city center of Lima, Peru. Silvano is one of the artists featured in MOIFA’s exhibition, "Crafting Memory: the Art of Community in Peru", on view until July 17.

https://mobile.twitter.com/YoYo_Ma/status/1124045821597691918

“Transforming an empty wall in Lima’s historic center to celebrate the Amazon. Shipibo-konibo artist Olinda Silvano's design combines traditional and contemporary geometric patterns to capture nature’s power and draw a map to the future. 📷 Austin Mann”

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for "Girard before the Wing," A look back at Alexander Girard’s...
05/20/2019

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for "Girard before the Wing," A look back at Alexander Girard’s MOIFA exhibitions in the decades prior to his 1982 landmark Multiple Visions: A Common Bond.

All are invited to discover the Bartlett Library & Archives at the Museum of International Folk Art through our 2019 Open House series, featuring pop-up exhibits exploring the world of folk art and the history of the Museum. Please join us for these free events!

Image: Detail, Nacimiento exhibition guide, Alexander Girard, 1961.

Celebrating the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce th...
05/19/2019

Celebrating the 10th summer of Blue Star Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families announce that museums nationwide, including New Mexico’s eight state-run museums and Historic Sites under the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), have signed on to provide free admission to our nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families this summer.

The 2019 program begins earlier than past years, starting Saturday, May 18, 2019, Armed Forces Day, ending Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, Labor Day. Military families can find the list of participating museums at arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

“After a decade of participation, it remains a privilege for New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs museums and historic sites to serve members of the military and their families through this National Endowment for the Arts program,” said DCA Cabinet Secretary Debra Garcia y Griego. “It’s a small token of our esteem and a ‘thank you’ for the sacrifices they make every day and a wonderful opportunity for military families to share a memorable experience exploring New Mexico’s outstanding cultural treasures.”

The Museum of International Folk Art is a proud member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. As a membe...
05/15/2019
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The Museum of International Folk Art is a proud member of the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience. As a member site, we are committed to addressing social issues related to the arts and the communities we serve.

The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience is the only global network of historic sites, museums and memory initiatives that connect past struggles to today’s movements for human rights. We turn memory into action.

A founder of the International Folk Art Market and former owner of the famous Clay Angel shop in Santa Fe, Judith Espina...
05/10/2019

A founder of the International Folk Art Market and former owner of the famous Clay Angel shop in Santa Fe, Judith Espinar has collected some of the world’s best folk art.

Our exhibit, "A Gathering of Voices: Folk Art from the Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg Collection" celebrates the promised gift to the Museum of International Folk Art of the collection of Judith Espinar and Tom Dillenberg. Update: this exhibition has been extended through September 8, 2019.

Read more about it in the free 2018 Winter/2019 Spring Guide to New Mexico Museums & Historic Sites here: http://nmculture.org/guide/2018-winter-guide/a-gathering-of-voices

This is the brand new Yokai Museum in Miyoshi City - opened just last month. This brand new museum is lending yokai folk...
05/08/2019
First museum dedicated to Japanese folklore monsters opens near Hiroshima | The Japan Times

This is the brand new Yokai Museum in Miyoshi City - opened just last month. This brand new museum is lending yokai folk art to MOIFA for our upcoming exhibit, Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan, opening December 8, 2019.

Yumoto Koichi is the founder and an important collector of yokai material; probably the single largest collection of yokai material ever, let alone one put together by a private individual.

Japan's first museum of supernatural monsters opened Friday in Hiroshima Prefecture, allowing visitors to get immersed in a strange world of yokai through

Alexander Girard: A Designer's UniverseExhibition Dates: May 5, 2019 - October 27, 2019Alexander Girard was one of the m...
05/06/2019

Alexander Girard: A Designer's Universe
Exhibition Dates: May 5, 2019 - October 27, 2019

Alexander Girard was one of the most influential interior and textile designers of the 20th century. Alexander Girard: A Designer’s Universe is the first major retrospective on Girard’s work, organized by the Vitra Design Museum in Germany.

It opens a door to his creative universe and shows his close relationships with contemporaries such as Charles & Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Andy Warhol, Rudi Gernreich, and many others. Featured are Girard’s designs in textiles, furniture, and sculptures, as well as numerous sketches, drawings, and collages never shown before!

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If you are looking for more information about The Museum of International Folk Art, please visit, www.moifa.org. The museum is a division of the State of New Mexico's Department of Cultural Affairs, www.newmexicoculture.org/ a diverse organization comprised of Museums, libraries and Historic Sites. Open daily 10 am to 5pm May through October; open Tuesday through Sunday November through April. New Mexico resident seniors (60 & up) admitted Free on Wednesdays; New Mexico residents with I.D. free on Sundays. Youth 16 & under always free!

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Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
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Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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