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.
(201)

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

Santa Fe Reporter had some very nice things to say about our Museum in their Best of Santa Fe write up:⁠⁠"It's rather di...
07/31/2020

Santa Fe Reporter had some very nice things to say about our Museum in their Best of Santa Fe write up:⁠

"It's rather difficult to sing the praises of the Museum of International Folk Art without leaving something important out. There's the recent offerings, such as the Yokai exhibit that celebrated hundreds of years of Japanese demon lore or the homage to all things folklorico—and then there's the year-round classes, lectures, workshops, community events and so on. It's a no-brainer voting this place number one."⁠

Thank you, again, for voting us Best Museum! #BOSF2020 ⁠
#museumofinternationalfolkart

Thank you, Santa Fe, for voting Museum of International Folk Art your First Choice for Best Museum in the Santa Fe Repor...
07/29/2020

Thank you, Santa Fe, for voting Museum of International Folk Art your First Choice for Best Museum in the Santa Fe Reporter's 2020 Best of Santa Fe! We are honored to have held this title for the last 14 years in a row! #BOSF2020

07/28/2020
Libros en español con Kemely "Los perros mágicos de los volcanes" Por Manlio Argueta

Acompañen a nuestra educadora Kemely Gomez para "Libros en Español” en colaboración con la Bibliotecas públicas de Santa Fe en su Canal de Youtube SFPL.

Join our Educator Kemely Gomez for Libros en Espanol in partnership with Santa Fe Public Libraries on their SFPL Youtube Channel.

Watch here:

Libros en español con Kemely "Los perros mágicos de los volcanes" Por Manlio Argueta. Gracias, Kemely!

07/27/2020
Entriega de los Difuntos (Entriega of the Deceased)

Also called departure songs, these entriegas are performed in the style of the 'alabado' (a hymn of praise, usually performed during Holy Week). Alabados generally commemorate the death of Christ on Good Friday. Outside of Holy Week they are performed at the funeral of the recently departed, usually as the coffin is lowered into the grave. For death entriegas, also called, 'depedimientos' (farewells), one singer or a group of singers, usually from the Penitente brotherhood, performs the alabados. The singer of the alabado assumes the voice of the deceased person’s soul to bid farewell to loved ones. In other versions the song carries the soul to heaven.

Watch Entriega de los Difuntos (Entriega of the Deceased) on our YouTube Channel!
Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
October 6, 2019 - June 27, 2021

Also called departure songs, these entriegas are performed in the style of the 'alabado' (a hymn of praise, usually performed during Holy Week). Alabados gen...

Today's "Docent's Choice" post comes from Diana Mamalaki -- a docent with both MOIFA and the Museum of Indian Arts and C...
07/23/2020

Today's "Docent's Choice" post comes from Diana Mamalaki -- a docent with both MOIFA and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. With her selection of this pillow cover, woven by a young Cretan bride for her trousseau, Diana reflects on the strong women of her own family in the mountain village of Rodakinon, and the appreciation they instilled in her for family, culture, and the arts.​

Read it here: moifa.org/blog/2020/07/23/docents-choice-mamalaki/?/

Thanks KRQE News 13 for talking with our Docent Coordinator Dawn Kaufmann about how we have shifted our Family Mornings ...
07/21/2020
Museum of International Folk Art hosts virtual Family Mornings, online museum experiences

Thanks KRQE News 13 for talking with our Docent Coordinator Dawn Kaufmann about how we have shifted our Family Mornings to be a fun online experience! Please join us for the next one on Sunday, August 9.

More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2948126121952631/

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Family Mornings at the Museum of International Folk Art was designed to welcome families with young children and help them explore all the museum has to offer. During …

07/20/2020
Entriega de los Novios (Wedding Entriega)

The wedding entriega celebrates and confirms the concept of the 'compadrazgo', or a spiritual connection between both sets of parents of the bride and groom and the 'compadres' and 'comadres' (groomsmen and bridesmaids). Through the sharing of the entriega the community comes together to support the newly wedded couple.

Watch Entriega de los Novios (Wedding Entriega) on our YouTube Channel!
Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
October 6, 2019 - June 27, 2021

The wedding entriega celebrates and confirms the concept of the 'compadrazgo', or a spiritual connection between both sets of parents of the bride and groom ...

Make your own Amate Painting!  FREE Arts Alive activity kits provided by MOIFA will be available on Thursday (7/23) & Sa...
07/17/2020

Make your own Amate Painting! FREE Arts Alive activity kits provided by MOIFA will be available on Thursday (7/23) & Saturday (7/25) at the Southside Library through curbside pick-up (noon-5:30pm) while supplies last.

MOIFA's Educators have created FREE lesson plans to share with our community. Great for your K-12 kiddos at home! ⁠⁠Teac...
07/16/2020

MOIFA's Educators have created FREE lesson plans to share with our community. Great for your K-12 kiddos at home! ⁠

Teach them about Cuna Mola Designs:⁠
A mola is an appliqued fabric panel created by Cuna women, an indigenous people from the San Blas Islands of Panama. The term "mola" refers to a traditional blouse made by women to serve as front and back panels of the blouses they wear everyday. Now molas are also sold to collectors and framed and exhibited. The market for the unique molas has provided an economic benefit for the Cuna Indians.

View the lesson plan here:http://moifa.org/assets/files/learn/lessonplans/mola-lesson.pdf

07/15/2020
Libros en español con Kemely "Soñadores" Por Yuyi Morales

Acompañen a nuestra educadora Kemely Gomez para "Libros en Español” en colaboración con la Bibliotecas públicas de Santa Fe en su Canal de Youtube SFPL.

Join our Educator Kemely Gomez for Libros en Espanol in partnership with Santa Fe Public Libraries on their SFPL Youtube Channel.

Watch here:

Libros en español con Kemely "Soñadores" Por Yuyi Morales. Gracias, Kemely!

Every year, from July 22-24, the Japanese city of Uwajima (Ehime Prefecture) is taken over by the Ushioni Matsuri festiv...
07/14/2020

Every year, from July 22-24, the Japanese city of Uwajima (Ehime Prefecture) is taken over by the Ushioni Matsuri festival. This popular festival involves up to twenty-two, eighteen-foot-high, 650-1500-pound ushioni (cow demon) floats, each associated with different local shrines. ⁠This is a photo of one demon featured in our exhibit, Yokai: Ghosts & Demons of Japan. ⁠

07/13/2020
Entriega de los Angeles (Baptismal Entriega)

The baptismal entriega celebrates the 'padrinazgo', or the assistance and charge of the godparents, and the commitment of community members to help support the new parents and help with the upbringing of the newborn child.

Watch Entriega de los Angeles (Baptismal Entriega) on our YouTube Channel!
Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
October 6, 2019 - June 27, 2021

The baptismal entriega celebrates the 'padrinazgo', or the assistance and charge of the godparents, and the commitment of community members to help support t...

In March 2020, MOIFA hosted University of Arizona professor Jennifer Jenkins for a presentation of the Tribesourcing Sou...
07/07/2020

In March 2020, MOIFA hosted University of Arizona professor Jennifer Jenkins for a presentation of the Tribesourcing Southwest Film project. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and U of A, the Tribesourcing initiative “seeks to enhance, contextualize and reinterpret mid-20th century archival films about Native peoples.”

Professor Jenkins and Tribesourcing project manager Melissa Dollman, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, returned virtually to New Mexico to discuss the project over four episodes of the Augmented Humanity podcast in June 2020: Decolonizing Educational Film (ep. 1); Truth-telling in Historic Film (ep. 2); Who Is Telling the Stories? (ep. 3); and, How to Think about Cultural Material (ep. 4).

Produced by the New Mexico Humanities Council and KUNM, Augmented Humanity engages “modern explorers working at the intersection of technology and the humanities who help us to understand ourselves and the worlds we create in this digital age.”

Links:
Augmented Humanity: www.npr.org/podcasts/811625591/augmented-humanity
Tribesourcing Southwest Film eps. 1-4: nmhum.org/NMHC.php?c=1541
Tribesourcing project site: tribesourcingfilm.com/

07/06/2020
Las Posadas (The Inns) - Santa Fe

In the sixteenth century Spanish missionaries taught religious doctrine through theatrical presentations representing various themes from the life of Christ. Two of the most popular, Las Posadas (The Inns) and Los Pastores (The Shepherds) ultimately left the church and entered into the homes of Hispano villagers throughout the Americas. Celebrating the Nativity both are performed throughout New Mexico during the Holiday season.

Las Posadas (The Inns) is a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for safe shelter so that she may give birth to the Christ child. Traditionally they are conducted for nine nights (referred to as la novena) leading up to Christmas Eve. During the annual rendition that takes place in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Joseph and Mary are joined by a group of musicians who travel around the plaza (the town square) and make various stops asking to be let in. Stemming from a 70 year old tradition that originally occurred in the Acequia Madre neighborhood as well as from early advent plays in Spain, the participants play the role of the devil instead of inn keepers. Originally the character of el demonio appeared as a small figure on the shoulders of the inn keepers, for it was he who influenced them to turn Mary and Joseph away. Today the devil appears and denies entry on balconies representing stops along Mary and Joseph’s journey. He is booed and jeered at by the crowd below, the followers of Mary, Joseph and their entourage. As is the usual custom, once Joseph and Mary are let into their final stop, the main courtyard of the Palace of the Governors, music, food and revelry take place.

Watch Las Posadas (The Inns) - Santa Fe on our YouTube Channel!
Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
October 6, 2019 - June 27, 2021

In the sixteenth century Spanish missionaries taught religious doctrine through theatrical presentations representing various themes from the life of Christ....

Docent Leah Gibbons offers this week's Folk Art Piece of the Week post: a look at the hamsa, a powerful symbol shared fo...
07/02/2020

Docent Leah Gibbons offers this week's Folk Art Piece of the Week post: a look at the hamsa, a powerful symbol shared for centuries across North African cultures. Leah guides us to the array of hamsas displayed among the amulets, ex-votos, and milagros in the entryway to MOIFA's Multiple Visions exhibit and -- if you look carefully in the exhibit hall -- within and above Alexander Girard's Moroccan scene.

Link: http://moifa.org/blog/2020/07/02/folk-art-piece-gibbons/?/

Nora Naranjo-Morse shares how growing up in New Mexico’s Santa Clara Pueblo influenced her Pottery and Poetry in this Ne...
07/01/2020

Nora Naranjo-Morse shares how growing up in New Mexico’s Santa Clara Pueblo influenced her Pottery and Poetry in this New Mexico PBS episode of ¡COLORES!
Santa Clara Pueblo artist Nora Naranjo Morse, whose work, River of Plastic, is currently on view in MOIFA's Gallery of Conscience.
Watch here: www.newmexicopbs.org/productions/colores/may-2-2014/

06/30/2020
Libros en español con Kemely "Tejedora del arcoiris" Por Linda Elovitz Marshall

Acompañen a nuestra educadora Kemely Gomez para "Libros en Español” en colaboración con la Bibliotecas públicas de Santa Fe en su Canal de Youtube SFPL.

Join our Educator Kemely Gomez for Libros en Espanol in partnership with Santa Fe Public Libraries on their SFPL Youtube Channel.

Watch here:

Libros en español con Kemely "Tejedora del arcoiris" Por Linda Elovitz Marshall. Gracias, Kemely!

06/29/2020
Los Pastores (The Shepherds)

In the sixteenth century Spanish missionaries taught religious doctrine through theatrical presentations representing various themes from the life of Christ. Two of the most popular, Las Posadas (The Inns) and Los Pastores (The Shepherds) ultimately left the church and entered into the homes of Hispano villagers throughout the Americas. Celebrating the Nativity both are performed throughout New Mexico during the Holiday season.

La Gran Pastorela (The Great Shepherds’ Play), popularly referred to as Los Pastores (The Shepherds), tells the story of shepherds who are told of the birth of Christ by the Archangel Saint Michael. They are guided by a brilliant star to the birthplace to bring gifts to the newborn child, yet along the way El Demonio (Lucifer) appears causing mischief and mayhem, attempting to prevent the Shepherds from completing their journey. A battle ensues between Lucifer and San Miguel (Saint Michael, the Archangel). Lucifer is defeated and the pastores arrive at the manger and visit the new born child along with Joseph and Mary. They are accompanied by a young shepherdess named Gilita who sings lullabies expressing her love of the Santo Niño (the Holy Child). Today these lullabies are sung in many households with a newborn child.

Watch Los Pastores (The Shepherds) on our YouTube Channel!
Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
October 6, 2019 - June 27, 2021

In the sixteenth century Spanish missionaries taught religious doctrine through theatrical presentations representing various themes from the life of Christ....

Have Fun Creating at Home with our DIY Folk Art Projects! Learn how to make your own DIY Amulet Necklace here: www.inter...
06/27/2020

Have Fun Creating at Home with our DIY Folk Art Projects!
Learn how to make your own DIY Amulet Necklace here:
www.internationalfolkart.org/learn/folk-art-for-you/diy-amulet-necklace.html

Amulets are used for protection, as a charm, and to fulfill wishes. Ex-votos or votive offerings or milagros (Spanish for miracle) are presented as gifts in gratitude for answered prayers or as a method of divine assistance.

MOIFA's Folk Art Piece of the Week blog series returns today with a post from docent Edelma Huntley. Please join her in ...
06/25/2020

MOIFA's Folk Art Piece of the Week blog series returns today with a post from docent Edelma Huntley. Please join her in traveling vicariously to the markets of Acatlán de Osorio through the lively scenes of artist Herón Martinez Mendoza.
Read it here: moifa.org/blog/2020/06/25/folk-art-piece-huntley/

Santa Fe santera Marie Romero Cash shares how she needed to push the boundaries of creativity in this New Mexico PBS epi...
06/24/2020

Santa Fe santera Marie Romero Cash shares how she needed to push the boundaries of creativity in this New Mexico PBS episode of ¡COLORES!
“Once I started going beyond the rules, it just became a matter of one-upmanship. And I wasn’t competing with everyone else in the market, I was competing with myself.”
Watch here: www.newmexicopbs.org/productions/colores/august-15-2014/

Have Fun Creating at Home with our DIY Folk Art Projects! Learn how to make your own DIY Paper Beads here: www.internati...
06/23/2020

Have Fun Creating at Home with our DIY Folk Art Projects!
Learn how to make your own DIY Paper Beads here:
www.internationalfolkart.org/learn/folk-art-for-you/diy-paper-beads.html

In some communities, beads are used at important moments in life and can represent passages such as birth, becoming an adult, marriage, and death—or power and status.

06/22/2020
Las Posadas (The Inns) - Ojo

In the sixteenth century Spanish missionaries taught religious doctrine through theatrical presentations representing various themes from the life of Christ. Two of the most popular, Las Posadas (The Inns) and Los Pastores (The Shepherds) ultimately left the church and entered into the homes of Hispano villagers throughout the Americas. Celebrating the Nativity both are performed throughout New Mexico during the Holiday season.

Posadas (The Inns) is a re-enactment of Joseph and Mary’s search for safe shelter so that she may give birth to the Christ child. Traditionally they are conducted for nine nights (referred to as la novena) leading up to Christmas Eve. Joseph and Mary are joined by a group of musicians who travel from house to house asking to be let in. Homeowners representing inn keepers deny entry until they recognize Mary is about to give birth to the newborn king. Once the group is let into the final home, which represents the manger in which the Christ child was born, feasting and musical merriment take place. The tradition has been passed down for generations in small rural communities and urban centers throughout the state of New Mexico, the larger Hispano southwest, and the Americas. This version features the family of master folk musician Cipriano Vigil in Ojo Caliente of Northern New Mexico.

Watch Las Posadas (The Inns) - Ojo on our YouTube Channel!
Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico
In the Hispanic Heritage Wing
October 6, 2019 - June 27, 2021

In the sixteenth century Spanish missionaries taught religious doctrine through theatrical presentations representing various themes from the life of Christ....

Through murals and painted constructions on urban detritus, African American artist Purvis Young critiqued issues from i...
06/19/2020

Through murals and painted constructions on urban detritus, African American artist Purvis Young critiqued issues from incarceration, violence or drug addiction to inequities in his hometown of Miami, where the construction of Interstate I-95 through the historically African American neighborhood of Overtown displaced residents and exacerbated economic disparities. Imagining himself as an artist/warrior, he once said: “My feeling was the world might be better if I put up my protests. I figured the world might get better, it might not, but it was just something I had to be doing.”

Young’s visual tropes include groups of squiggly line figures who dance, walk in procession or march in protest. A large, all-seeing floating head overlooks the scene below. Young’s artwork embodies the celebration of Juneteenth, which marks the 1865 emancipation of slaves, while showing that the promise of freedom remains incomplete wherever injustices persist.

Quote from 1994-95 interview with Purvis Young by William Arnett and Larry Clemons. Soulsgrowndeep.org

Purvis Young (1943–2010), untitled painted construction, 41 x 40 in. Museum of International Folk Art, IFAF Collection, gift of Eugenie and Lael Johnson, 2005. FA.2005.27.1​

Address

706 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
87505

Free parking on Museum Hill! Santa Fe Trails Bus - the M bus stops in the Visitor Parking lot, take the elevator or stairs up to Milner Plaza! Rail Runner: Santa Fe Pickup Connection to Museum Hill.

General information

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!

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(505) 476-1200

Alerts

Be the first to know and let us send you an email when Museum of International Folk Art posts news and promotions. Your email address will not be used for any other purpose, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

Contact The Museum

Send a message to Museum of International Folk Art:

Videos

Category

Our Story

The Museum of International Folk Art is a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the generous support of donors.

Founded in 1953 by Florence Dibell Bartlett, the Museum of International Folk Art's mission is to shape a humane world by connecting people through creative expression and artistic traditions. The museum holds the world's largest international folk art collection of more than 150,000 objects from six continents and over 150 nations, representing a broad range of global artists whose artistic expressions make Santa Fe an international crossroads of culture. For many visitors, fascination with folk art begins upon seeing the whimsical toys and traditional objects within the Girard Collection. For others, the international textiles, ceramics, carvings and other cultural treasures in the Neutrogena Collection provide the allure. The museum's historic and contemporary Latino and Hispano folk art collections, spanning the Spanish Colonial period to modern-day New Mexico, reflect how artists respond to their time and place in ways both delightful and sobering. In 2010, the museum opened the Mark Naylor and Dale Gunn Gallery of Conscience, where exhibitions encourage visitors to exchange ideas on complex issues of human rights and social justice.

706 Camino Lejo, on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 476-1200. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May through October; closed Mondays November through April, closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Events, news releases and images about activities at the Museum of International Folk Art and other divisions in the Department of Cultural Affairs can be accessed at www.media.newmexicoculture.org

About the Museum of International Folk Art: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/

Nearby museums


Other Art Museums in Santa Fe

Show All

Comments

Michael Conwell 🥰
HOLLYWOOD CA USA FROM THE LAND OF MAKE BELIEVE How the CODIVHOAX Affected your Art Performance Write your story Artist Art Guevara Hell yea it did affected me In a very radical way So bad that I started to paint Like PICASSO IM RUINED MY CAREER IS OVER COMO LES A AFECTADO EL CODIVHOAX EN SU ARTE ESCRIBA SU HISTORIA A MI EN LO PARTICULAR ME AFECTO DE SOBREMANERA A TAL GRADO QUE EMPECÉ A PINTAR COMO PICASSO ESTOY ARRUINADO MI CARRERA A TERMINADO The Art of Guevara has help Over 50 Non-Profits Organizations For over 35 years Artist Art Guevara Facebook Internacional Exhibits Organizer 949 636 2750 E mail [email protected]
This is Doug MacCash a reporter with the Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate. I saw the Beadwork Adorns the World exhibit a few months ago; it dovetails a project I'm working on. I'd like to talk to Marsha Bol about it a little. Please ask her to call call 504.460.3492.
He is a fluotist from Jemez Pueblo and there is a virtual concert series that is supposed to be on the page.
I am looking for the peformance by Marlon Magdalena that is supposed to be on tonight. Help please!
Hello, I am a 6th grade grade teacher. Do you offer virtual tours? My 6th graders are learning about Meso-America, and anything would be helpful. Thank you!
Beads and Seeds, an educational collaboration between MOIFA and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, is featured in the March issue of SchoolArts Magazine! Check it out at https://www.davisart.com/schoolarts/issues/
You guys will love these tee shirts I found!!! Www.muertotees.com I love the black and whites!
Would love to visit!
Ooopps can't remember the names
Happy birthday my love !
Artwork from South Africa