New Mexico Museum of Art

New Mexico Museum of Art The New Mexico Museum of Art is the oldest art museum in the state. For information about the New Mexico Museum of Art, visit nmartmuseum.org.

The New Mexico Museum of Art is a catalyst and showcase for creativity and the enjoyment of art. Artists, learners and community members are empowered to think critically and see a multiplicity of meanings. We bring the art of the world to New Mexico and the art of New Mexico to the world. The New Mexico Museum of Art began in 1917 as the Art Gallery for the Museum of New Mexico that was then located in the Palace of the Governors. The building helped establish the Pueblo Spanish Revival architectural style. 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

*TONIGHT!* Public Opening Reception for Picturing Passion: Artists Interpret the Penitente Brotherhood5:00-7:00pm Openin...
12/06/2019

*TONIGHT!*

Public Opening Reception for Picturing Passion: Artists Interpret the Penitente Brotherhood

5:00-7:00pm Opening Reception
5:30-6:00pm Gallery Talk with Curator of 20th Century Art, Christian Waguespack

The artwork these individuals produced was colored by their own perceptions and backgrounds. This exhibition explores artists’ responses to and interpretations of their own experiences and ideas about the Penitente Brotherhood.

Free to New Mexico residents with ID!

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for 2019 Winter/2020 Spring is now availabl...
12/05/2019

The New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs Museums & Historic Sites Guide for 2019 Winter/2020 Spring is now available online for free at http://nmculture.org/guide !

Among the featured articles is Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist examines the work of this unheralded contemporary of Georgia O’Keeffe. Pelton’s desert landscapes come alive with color. And, in January, the Museum of Art hosts The Birth, death and resurrection of Christ: From Michaelangelo to Tiepolo.

The events calendar of the Museums & Historic Sites Guide has an extensive list of activities happening through May 2020.

TODAY!! *Library Open House*Drop into the library any time from 1-4PM to see holiday cards handmade by New Mexico artist...
12/04/2019

TODAY!! *Library Open House*

Drop into the library any time from 1-4PM to see holiday cards handmade by New Mexico artists. These delightful works show the creativity and intertwined relationships between artists.

This is a free event.

It's one of our favorite events of the year - our annual Holiday Open House! Join us for free and fun activities on Sund...
12/04/2019

It's one of our favorite events of the year - our annual Holiday Open House! Join us for free and fun activities on Sunday, December 22 from 12 - 4 pm for all ages.

➣ 1:00 -1:30 pm. Repeats 3:00 to 3:30 pm
Teatro Duende 2019 presents “A Holiday Dance-Off Party for Papa Gus”
with Gustave Baumann magical marionettes replicas.

➣ 1:30-2:00 pm. Repeats 3:30 to 4:00 pm
Selfies with Santa

➣ Noon to 4:00 pm
Create Your Own Puppet
Find Freckles Gallery “Treasure Hunt”

Holiday music performed by Sangre de Cristo Chorale

A collection of non-perishable food items in the museum lobby benefits The Food Depot, serving families in need throughout Northern New Mexico.

More information at www.facebook.com/events/2424922391118223.

More than one bell has graced Acoma tower over the St. Francis Auditorium, ringing in key moments in the New Mexico Muse...
11/29/2019

More than one bell has graced Acoma tower over the St. Francis Auditorium, ringing in key moments in the New Mexico Museum of Art's history. These bells have their own stories to tell. One bell is steeped in myth wrapped inside a legend.

The Old Algodones bell rang from the top of the museum’s tower for the first time on November 23, 1917. Before arriving at what would someday be the New Mexico Museum of Art, the bell had already achieved distinction under another name: Maria Josefa. The bell’s origin remained shrouded in story, yet its physical characteristics informed its tale and provided clues.

Read more online in El Palacio Magazine about "Ringing False/ Ringing True" by Michelle Gallagher Roberts, acting director and deputy director for the New Mexico Museum of Art at http://www.elpalacio.org/2019/11/ringing-false-ringing-true.

The second of the Alcoves 20/20 #2 features work by contemporary New Mexican artists Jen Pack, Heather McGill, Daniel Mc...
11/29/2019

The second of the Alcoves 20/20 #2 features work by contemporary New Mexican artists Jen Pack, Heather McGill, Daniel McCoy, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Sarah Stolar. Visit to see this work running through December 15, 2019.

Credit: Jen Pack Deafened by Pinwheel, 2016 Fabric, thread and wood. Courtesy of the artist.

Come see this work and more at the Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist exhibit through January 5, 2020. New Mexico Mu...
11/26/2019

Come see this work and more at the Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist exhibit through January 5, 2020.

New Mexico Museum of Art proudly presents the traveling exhibition, before it travels on to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and then to Palm Springs Art Museum in California.

Agnes Pelton, The Ray Serene, 1925. Oil on canvas. Collection of Lynda and Stewart Resnick. Photo: Jairo Ramirez.

Credit: Agnes Pelton, The Ray Serene, 1925. Collection of Lynda and Stewart Resnick. Photo: Jairo Ramirez.

Picturing Passion: Artists Interpret the Penitente Brotherhood opening November 27, 2019 through Aug 16, 2020. As artist...
11/24/2019

Picturing Passion: Artists Interpret the Penitente Brotherhood opening November 27, 2019 through Aug 16, 2020.

As artist arrived in New Mexico over the course of the twentieth century they encountered no shortage of inspirational material. From the striking landscape, and regional architecture to native ceremony, the Southwest often proved exotic for artists who came from a predominantly eastern, protestant background. One regional community that captured the attention and imaginations of artists were the Penitent Brotherhood, Picturing Passion brings together the work of artists who took on the penitent traditions as source material.

The exhibition illustrates how artists who were new to the Southwest in the early part of the 20th century looked to Moradas, Penitente processions, traditions, and material culture as source material for their work and as a distinctive feature of New Mexican culture. It also examines the myths and stereotypes that have developed from sensationalizing the group’s beliefs and practices and endeavors to create a space to address these misconceptions.

William Penhallow Henderson, Holy Week in New Mexico, 1919, oil on panel, 31 1/2 × 39 1/2 in. New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Mrs. Edgar L. Rossin, 1952 (83.23P) Photo by Blair Clark.

*Event Tomorrow*Matt Magee: Artist Talk and Book SigningFree and open to the public!New Mexico Museum of Art, St. Franci...
11/22/2019

*Event Tomorrow*

Matt Magee: Artist Talk and Book Signing

Free and open to the public!

New Mexico Museum of Art, St. Francis Auditorium

10:30-11:30am Book Talk
11:30am-12:00pm Book Signing

David Chickey, publisher, designer and editorial director of Radius Books, a nonprofit publishing company based in Santa Fe, talks with artist Matt Magee on his latest work and project.

Copies of "Matt Magee: Works 2012-2018" will be available for purchase after the talk.

This event is a partnership program between Radius Books and the New Mexico Museum of Art.

11/21/2019

PLEASE NOTE: The museum is closed on Thursday, November 21st beginning at noon due to inclement weather.

*Event Today!* The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann: A Catalogue RaisonnéNew Mexico Museum of Art, St. Francis Auditori...
11/16/2019

*Event Today!*

The Color Woodcuts of Gustave Baumann: A Catalogue Raisonné

New Mexico Museum of Art, St. Francis Auditorium

1:00-2:30pm: Panel Discussion
2:45-4:00pm Book Signing

A panel discussion on the making of the book. Panelists include author Gala Chamberlain, contributors Nancy E. Green, Thomas Leech, & Martin Kraus, and David Skolkin. Moderated by Kate Nelson.

A Catalogue Raisonné will be available for purchase at the New Mexico Museum of Art Shop.

Tickets $10, available at the door beginning at noon.

The second of the Alcoves 20/20 #2 features work by contemporary New Mexican artists Jen Pack, Heather McGill, Daniel Mc...
11/15/2019

The second of the Alcoves 20/20 #2 features work by contemporary New Mexican artists Jen Pack, Heather McGill, Daniel McCoy, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Sarah Stolar. Visit to see this work running through December 15, 2019.

Image: Credit: Heather McGill At The Edge of the Green Woods, 2019 Fiberglass, pigment, beads, plywood. Courtesy of the artist.

Picturing Passion: Artists Interpret the Penitente Brotherhood opening November 27, 2019 through Aug 16, 2020. As artist...
11/12/2019

Picturing Passion: Artists Interpret the Penitente Brotherhood opening November 27, 2019 through Aug 16, 2020.

As artist arrived in New Mexico over the course of the twentieth century they encountered no shortage of inspirational material. From the striking landscape, and regional architecture to native ceremony, the Southwest often proved exotic for artists who came from a predominantly eastern, protestant background. One regional community that captured the attention and imaginations of artists were the Penitent Brotherhood, Picturing Passion brings together the work of artists who took on the penitent traditions as source material.

The exhibition illustrates how artists who were new to the Southwest in the early part of the 20th century looked to Moradas, Penitente processions, traditions, and material culture as source material for their work and as a distinctive feature of New Mexican culture. It also examines the myths and stereotypes that have developed from sensationalizing the group’s beliefs and practices and endeavors to create a space to address these misconceptions.

Gustave Baumann, Penitente Ceremony, 1922, woodblock print, 7 3/4 x 6 7/8 in. New Mexico Museum of Art. Museum purchase with funds raised by the School of American Research, 1952 (1752BH.23G) ©New Mexico Museum of Art. Photo by Cameron Gay.

Merry Scully, senior curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art, speaks regarding the exhibition. “It is wonderful that Agn...
11/07/2019

Merry Scully, senior curator of the New Mexico Museum of Art, speaks regarding the exhibition. “It is wonderful that Agnes Pelton is the subject of a large traveling exhibition and we are very happy to be one of the exhibitions venues.”

Come see this work and more at the Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist exhibit through January 5,2020.

Image: Agnes Pelton, Fires in Space, 1933. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

Credit: Agnes Pelton, Fires in Space, 1933. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

The Vogel Collection for New Mexico is viewable online via SAM, our Searchable Art Museum.  http://sam.nmartmuseum.orgUn...
11/05/2019

The Vogel Collection for New Mexico is viewable online via SAM, our Searchable Art Museum.
http://sam.nmartmuseum.org

Untitled 1988
Mark Kostabi
ink on paper
New Mexico Museum of Art, The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art, with generous support of the National Endowments for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, 2009

Robert Gribboek, Iris , 1935, oil on canvas, 26 x 17 ¾ in. Promised gift to the New Mexico Museum of Art from William Da...
11/04/2019

Robert Gribboek, Iris , 1935, oil on canvas, 26 x 17 ¾ in. Promised gift to the New Mexico Museum of Art from William Dailey and Nicole Panter Dailey

The group was committed to innovative new directions in Modern American art, their manifesto announced their goal to “carry painting beyond the appearance of the physical world, through new concepts of space, color, light, and design, to imaginative realms that are idealistic and spiritual

Credit: Robert Gribboek. Promised gift to the New Mexico Museum of Art from William Dailey and Nicole Panter Dailey

The second of the Alcoves 20/20 #2 features work by contemporary New Mexican artists Jen Pack, Heather McGill, Daniel Mc...
11/01/2019

The second of the Alcoves 20/20 #2 features work by contemporary New Mexican artists Jen Pack, Heather McGill, Daniel McCoy, Marietta Patricia Leis, and Sarah Stolar. Visit to see this work running through December 15, 2019.

Image: Credit: Sarah Stolar Mother Daughter, 2018 Oil on canvas. Photo credit Jeff Medinas.

“Awakening is a prized, and popular, work from our collection. It will be a real treat for visitors to the New Mexico Mu...
10/29/2019

“Awakening is a prized, and popular, work from our collection. It will be a real treat for visitors to the New Mexico Museum of Art to see our painting in the context of so many other artworks by the artist."

Image: Agnes Pelton, Awakening (Memory of Father), 1943, oil on canvas. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Museum purchase, 2005 (2005.27.1) Photo by Blair Clark.

A gouache by Baumann who is better known for his woodblock prints.La Posada (study)Gustave Baumanngouache on paperGift o...
10/26/2019

A gouache by Baumann who is better known for his woodblock prints.

La Posada (study)
Gustave Baumann
gouache on paper
Gift of Jane Baumann, 1980

You can enjoy the colorful and intricate work of Gustave Baumann online at our Searchable Art Museum at www.sam.nmartmus...
10/19/2019

You can enjoy the colorful and intricate work of Gustave Baumann online at our Searchable Art Museum at www.sam.nmartmuseum.org/collections. We have the largest collection of his work in any museum.

Grand Canyon 1934
Gustave Baumann (American, b Germany, 1881 - 1971)
color woodcut
Museum purchase with funds raised by the School of American Research, 1952

Join New Mexico Creative-Sector thought leaders, including our own Cabinet Secretary for Department of Cultural Affairs,...
10/14/2019

Join New Mexico Creative-Sector thought leaders, including our own Cabinet Secretary for Department of Cultural Affairs, Debra Garcia y Griego, for a powerful conversation with Gail Lord.

CREATIVITY, SOCIAL IMPACT, AND SOFT POWER
New Mexico is a hub of innovation, culture, and creativity. The speakers will discuss how this cultural capital creates “soft power,” which we can harness to address some of the most important social issues of our time.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:00-6:00pm.
New Mexico History Museum Performing Arts Theater,
113 Lincoln Avenue, Santa Fe

Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/creativity-social-impact-and-soft-power-tickets-75207163651

10/13/2019
VlademOpenHouseREV_092219

Vladem Contemporary, part of the New Mexico Museum of Art, held an open house to introduce plans for the new facility. The open house offered illustrations, floor plans and a 3D model of the art annex.

Visitors could talk with staff, and create some art of their own. Vladem Contemporary is located on the corner of Guadalupe and Montezuma in the Railyard District of Santa Fe.

Vladem Contemporary, part of the New Mexico Museum of Art, held an open house to introduce plans for the new facility. The open house offered illustrations, ...

We couldn’t agree more! Come visit us to see this amazing exhibit and experience Agnes Pelton’s work yourself.
10/10/2019
Santa Fe Reporter

We couldn’t agree more! Come visit us to see this amazing exhibit and experience Agnes Pelton’s work yourself.

Get thee to the New Mexico Museum of Art ASAP.

10/08/2019

Still time to see Alcove 20/20 #1 through October 13, featuring works by Dan Namingha, Diane Marsh, Mokha Laget, Emi Ozawa, and Stuart Arends!

Alcoves 20/20 is supported in part by the Friends of Contemporary Art + Photography

It’s the 350th Anniversary of Rembrandt's death on October 4, 1669. Check out our Rembrandt etching on the Searchable Ar...
10/05/2019

It’s the 350th Anniversary of Rembrandt's death on October 4, 1669. Check out our Rembrandt etching on the Searchable Art Museum (http://sam.nmartmuseum.org/collections)

Rembrandt van Rijn (Dutch, 1606 – 1669), Self-Portrait with Saskia 1636 (later restrike), etching, 4 × 3 9/16 in. Collection of the New Mexico Museum of Art. Gift of Lucy R. Lippard, 1999 (1999.15.239)

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist premiered at the Phoenix Art Museum, where curator Gilbert Vicario organized work...
10/02/2019

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist premiered at the Phoenix Art Museum, where curator Gilbert Vicario organized works alongside Pelton’s writings and interests, drawing a timeline of Pelton’s life and artistic development.

In addition to evaluating her place within esoteric abstraction, the exhibition moves to discuss her works against a broader, international frame. Peers analyzed in the exhibition’s context include Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, Wassily Kandinsky, and Hilma af Klint, all of which evoked spiritualism through various mediums.

An opening reception will take place Friday, October 4, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

We proudly present the traveling exhibition, before it travels on to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and then to Palm Springs Art Museum In Palm Desert in California.

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and SRP.

"I love her work. She was a contemporary of Georgia O’Keeffe who worked in New Mexico and then retreated to the desert i...
09/24/2019
Judy Chicago on Rescuing Women From Art History’s Sidelines

"I love her work. She was a contemporary of Georgia O’Keeffe who worked in New Mexico and then retreated to the desert in California. She was part of the Transcendental Painting Group, painters very interested in inflecting their work with spirituality.

Whenever I saw a Pelton painting — which was rare, actually; one here, one there — I was always drawn to the luminosity: a sense of light and inner light that I have also attempted to bring into my work."

More from Judy Chicago and the The New York Times at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/19/arts/design/judy-chicago-on-female-artists.html.

Make plans now to see Agnes Pelton : Desert Transcendentalist at New Mexico Museum of Art on October 5, 2019 - January 5, 2020.

Ms. Chicago, who has new shows in Los Angeles and Washington, talks about pioneering female painters.

Agnes Pelton was born to American parents in Germany in 1881 and lived in Switzerland before moving to the United States...
09/23/2019

Agnes Pelton was born to American parents in Germany in 1881 and lived in Switzerland before moving to the United States in 1888. Pelton graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1906 and did not begin painting abstractions until the mid-1920s in New York.

Having no connections within elite art communities, Pelton remained largely unknown despite being compared to Georgia O’Keeffe for her landscape paintings and studying under Arthur Wesley Dow.

In 1932, Pelton moved to Cathedral City, California, removing herself from the mainstream art community.

In 1938, she immersed herself further into symbolic representations and became a founding member of the Transcendental Painting Group, a collection of New Mexican artists focusing on spiritual works.

Come see Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist, on view from October 5, 2019, to January 5, 2020.

Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist is organized by the Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, and SRP.

Come join the fun at the future site of the Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary. We’ll be here until 1pm on Saturday at 40...
09/21/2019

Come join the fun at the future site of the Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary. We’ll be here until 1pm on Saturday at 404 Montezuma Ave at the corner of Guadalupe.

Check out this podcast hosted by KTRC with the acting director of the Museum and Richard Eeds. Michelle discusses the tw...
09/20/2019
Michelle Gallagher Roberts, Acting Director of The New Mexico Museum of Art

Check out this podcast hosted by KTRC with the acting director of the Museum and Richard Eeds. Michelle discusses the two upcoming New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary events on Sept 21 (10a-1p) and Sept 27 (5-7p).

Events take place at the future home of the Vladem Contemporary (404 Montezuma Ave. at the corner of Guadalupe)

https://santafe.com/podcasts/michelle-gallagher-roberts-acting-director-of-the-new-mexico-museum-of-art

9/18 -The Vladem Contemporary Art Museum with Michelle Gallagher Roberts, Acting Director of The New Mexico Museum of Art

09/18/2019

Join us as we open the doors of the future site of Vladem Contemporary to the community in two public events.

∙ The Community Open House on September 21, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will feature fun, interactive art activities led by local artists and highlight the future capacity of the New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary to educate and enrich the youth of Santa Fe.

∙ The Railyard Art Walk Open House on September 27, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. will offer an opportunity for the public to speak with the architects and curators involved in this project.

Both events are free and will allow the community access to explore this extraordinary addition to Santa Fe and the State of New Mexico’s museum system.

Address

107 W Palace Ave
Santa Fe, NM
87501

The shuttle from the Rail Runner stops directly in front of the museum. City buses stop just around the corner at the downtown transit center on Sheridan Street.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

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(505) 476-5072

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