Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian

Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian $8 general admission. The Museum is temporarily closed. The Case Trading Post is open, Thursday – Saturday, 10 AM to 4 PM Visit our website at www.wheelwright.org.
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The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. We’re famous for our focus on little-known genres, and for solo shows by living Native American artists. We originate every exhibition, bringing you new research, fresh perspectives, and a richness of visual expression you won’t see anywhere else. Our museum shop, the Case Trading Post, features the best in contemporary craft and fine arts by more than 200 Native American artists, as well as a great selection of vintage and antique jewelry, ceramics, and textiles. The Case Trading Post is Santa Fe's oldest continuously operating gallery of Native American art. The Wheelwright is open seven days a week. The general admission fee is $8.00. Admission fees apply to adult tour groups. Admission to the museum will be free to the public the first Sunday of every month. Admission is free for museum members, Native Americans, children under the age of 12, students with a valid student id, and active military. Celebrating over 75 years as New Mexico’s oldest, independent, non-profit museum!

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09/06/2020
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This wool diamond twill rug woven in black, light and dark orange and tan reminds us that things from a distance do not ...
09/04/2020

This wool diamond twill rug woven in black, light and dark orange and tan reminds us that things from a distance do not always appear as they are. Getting to know a work of art up close and appreciating the details can sometimes allow you to find a deeper beauty in a work of art. #GlimpseInsideWM (unknown Navajo artist, 44/0023)

This fetish carved by Theodore Kucate (Zuni Pueblo) has our hearts all aflutter. I'm sure all of us would love to see th...
09/01/2020

This fetish carved by Theodore Kucate (Zuni Pueblo) has our hearts all aflutter. I'm sure all of us would love to see this dragonfly in our garden, and we hope your garden has many dragonfly visitors to help keep the pest population down. #GlimpseInsideWM (49/0285)

To all our community storytellers, teachers, professors, and impromptu life instructors - we wish you good health and ho...
08/28/2020

To all our community storytellers, teachers, professors, and impromptu life instructors - we wish you good health and hope that the new academic year brings you attentive pupils who hang on your every word. #GlimpseInsideWM (Dorothy & Paul Gutierrez, Santa Clara Pueblo 2017.23.173)

08/27/2020
08/26/2020
Painting With The Artist, Season 2, Episode 14

Join us for the final episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist Season 2 with Dillen Peace (Diné) as he finishes up the details, solidifying the shapes, shades, and contrast that draw you in to "Still Life with Geraniums" (link in comments).

08/25/2020

Sometimes it is the work that cannot be seen that adds value to a piece of art. This silver bracelet by Kee Yazzie (Navajo) is a wonderful example of this with its ornate stamping on the interior. #GlimpseInsideWM (2018.30.001)

08/21/2020

This rather ingeniously designed lighter decorated with Knifewing and Yei figures is also a case for holding cigarettes. Both classy and a practical tool from a time period when smoking was more fashionable. #GlimpseInsideWM (unknown artist 2013.01.0631)

08/19/2020
Painting With The Artist - Season 2 - Episode 13, Time-lapse

Join us for the thirteenth episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist with Dillen Peace (Diné) as he encourages you to paint what you see. The more you paint, the more you realize how your other senses contribute to your painting and the experience between you and your subject (link in comments).

We would like to celebrate and praise all mothers and child care providers for all of their efforts during this difficul...
08/18/2020

We would like to celebrate and praise all mothers and child care providers for all of their efforts during this difficult time with this pin by Dawn Wallace Kulberg (Chugach Alutiiq). May your strength be as hard as the fossilized ivory in this piece and your energy be as bright as the sun shining down on this mother and child. #GlimpseInsideWM (2014.26.109)

"Appaloosa" by Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache ) encapsulates the strength and history of this breed of horses in North ...
08/14/2020

"Appaloosa" by Allan Houser (Chiricahua Apache ) encapsulates the strength and history of this breed of horses in North America, with a clean stylistic appearance that is reminiscent of the deep history of the species which may be depicted in European cave paintings. #GlimpseInsideWM (2017.23.004)

The Case Trading Post is open! Visit us Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM.
08/13/2020

The Case Trading Post is open! Visit us Thursday through Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM.

08/12/2020
Painting With The Artist, Season 2, Episode 12

Join us for the twelfth episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist with Dillen Peace (Diné) as he wavers on shades of red and green, ultimately bringing the flowers to life (link in comments).

Long after the popularity of the Navajo silver spoons dominating the tourist trade, Clarence Lee (Navajo) created this "...
08/11/2020

Long after the popularity of the Navajo silver spoons dominating the tourist trade, Clarence Lee (Navajo) created this "Truck Spoon" in 2003. When you are able to visit us, you can see this spoon in person in our Martha Hopkins Struever Gallery along with many other silver spoons. Until then, may it remind you to Keep on Truckin'. #GlimpseInsideWM (2003.11.001)

The Case Trading Post is open! Come visit Thursday through Saturday, 10AM - 4PM. Enter through the side doors. Face cove...
08/08/2020

The Case Trading Post is open! Come visit Thursday through Saturday, 10AM - 4PM. Enter through the side doors. Face coverings required.

It's hard to take a serious dramatic photo, when you are as whimsical as this Navajo folk art horse. It's no wonder it w...
08/07/2020

It's hard to take a serious dramatic photo, when you are as whimsical as this Navajo folk art horse. It's no wonder it was chosen to be in our Laughter and Resilience exhibition. To see the rest of this exhibit text 'Wheelwright' to 56512. Message and data rates may apply. #GlimpseInsideWM (57/0041)

"Corn Spirits" is a plaque basket by Agnes Gray (Navajo) that reminds us even if our burdens are great, life is full of ...
08/04/2020

"Corn Spirits" is a plaque basket by Agnes Gray (Navajo) that reminds us even if our burdens are great, life is full of color and hope for growth and renewal. #GlimpseInsideWM (2001.11.023)

Today the Wheelwright Museum says farewell to our collections intern and #PaintingWithTheArtist host Dillen Peace (Diné)...
07/31/2020

Today the Wheelwright Museum says farewell to our collections intern and #PaintingWithTheArtist host Dillen Peace (Diné). We will miss your attention to detail and artistic eye for photography. We wish you luck as you start your MFA program at the University of Kansas.

For those of you missing our jewelry gallery, here's a #GlimpseInsideWM jewelry gallery. A lovely silver squashbossom ne...
07/28/2020

For those of you missing our jewelry gallery, here's a #GlimpseInsideWM jewelry gallery. A lovely silver squashbossom necklace by McKee Platero (Navajo), which will be waiting for you until you are able to visit.

This "Self Portrait" drawing is from Harry Fonseca's (Nisenan Maidu) sketchbook collection, which is full of a wide arra...
07/24/2020

This "Self Portrait" drawing is from Harry Fonseca's (Nisenan Maidu) sketchbook collection, which is full of a wide array of artistic styles - including this post-impressionist Van Gogh inspired piece. #GlipmseInsideWM (2004.24.032)

07/22/2020
Painting With The Artist, Season 2, Episode 9 - Time-lapse

Join us for the ninth episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist with Dillen Peace (Diné) as he reminds us not to pay too much attention to one area. If we do, it becomes too noticeable. Try to avoid this in painting and in life - take a step back every once in a while (link in comments).

Sometimes life can be a bit of a stinker. We hope this week's fetish reminds you to embrace your more playful, curious, ...
07/21/2020

Sometimes life can be a bit of a stinker. We hope this week's fetish reminds you to embrace your more playful, curious, and stubborn headed tendencies when life gets rough. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2012.01.120)

This Navajo fabricated and stamped owl pin with coral cabochons for eyes wants to know WHOOO you want to see more work f...
07/17/2020

This Navajo fabricated and stamped owl pin with coral cabochons for eyes wants to know WHOOO you want to see more work from in our collection. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2013.01.1336)

07/15/2020
Painting With The Artist, Season 2, Episode 8

Join us for the eighth episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist with Dillen Peace (Diné) as he reminds us that if it works, it works - if it doesn't, you just have to make it work and figure it out (link in comments).

Today's #BoloTieTuesday is meant to remind us all that sometimes the slow and steady route is the best course of action....
07/14/2020

Today's #BoloTieTuesday is meant to remind us all that sometimes the slow and steady route is the best course of action. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2010.18.100)

07/10/2020

Sometimes our database records are so elegantly worded. The record for this bracelet reads: "Bracelet is made from two triangular wires flanking a pair of twisted wires, stamped and appliqued. The bracelet is mounted with seven oval high-grade turquoise cabochons in simple bezels." Sadly, it still doesn't do this bracelet justice does it? #GlimpseInsideWM (Unknown artist, 2013.01.0005)

07/08/2020
Painting With The Artist, Season 2, Episode 7 - Time-lapse

Join us for the seventh episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist with Dillen Peace (Diné) as he encourages us that our painting do not need to be an exact representation and we must allow them to come into their own being (link in comments).

Not everything in the jewelry world is one of a kind. This steer head pin is one such example of a commercially cast ite...
07/07/2020

Not everything in the jewelry world is one of a kind. This steer head pin is one such example of a commercially cast item commonly made in the 1980s and 1990s. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified artist, 2013.01.1328)

Time for another installment of guess what the item is. This silver piece is fabricated, stamped, and decorated with an ...
07/03/2020

Time for another installment of guess what the item is. This silver piece is fabricated, stamped, and decorated with an appliqued Knifewing figure. Your hint as to what it is is peeking out the side in one of the images. #GlimpseInsideWM (2013.01.0632)

07/01/2020

Join us for the sixth episode of #PaintingWithTheArtist with Dillen Peace (Diné) as he encourages us to think of the layers of the painting and to not do too much too quickly. (link in comments)

06/30/2020

This jet bison is rather remarkable with elaborate etchings and turquoise inlaid eyes. Such detail on a small fetish has a way to add to its magnitude of greatness. #GlimpseInsideWM (Unidentified Artist, 2012.01.110)

Address

704 Camino Lejo
Santa Fe, NM
87505

The M bus comes directly to the museum from downtown. Many hotels also offer a complimentary shuttle. Parking onsite is free.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
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) 982-4636

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My many years of Rothko research has led me to the Wheelwright. In 1938, Mark Rothkowitz visited the Wheelwright which you know was then the Navajo Museum of Ceremonial Art. He was transformed by the experience and 30 years later that cathartic experience in Santa Fe was reflected in the design concept of what is now known as the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Rothko's vision prevailed over the original architect of record, Philip Johnson.
Hello, I opened an email about Norbert's classes, I would like to "share" his event. Can you link that to me so that I can support him and his art. Thank you.
Awesome news on Navajo Intern! Congrats to Toledo.
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I found this in a 2nd hand store in Martinsburg, WV, this week. It is not an antique (not even vintage?) but had some interesting info on it--including the pipe. Could not find either the name of "Richmond F. Allan" or "Little Big Chief Flowing Words" anywhere, but I was intrigued by "Victim of massacre" & 1968 date. I know there were a lot of Native American-related protests from the mid-60's thru the 70's & onward. The pipe does appear to be made from real stone (I'm not even a rock expert.) Plaque appears to be home made, but who ever made it, is an artist. Not really interested in "value", but would like to get more background info if available, especially family attachments if any. I once found a family bible in the same shop & paid $15 for it. Appraised at around $600-700 over the phone by the Bible Museum owned by the Chick Filet family. Published in 1871! Was able to track down the daughter of the most recently deceased owner of the bible. NO!! I didn't make her buy it. (Every time I thought of doing that the spirit of my late Pastor, Gerald Kuhn--retired WWII, USMC veteran-- smacked me up side the head.) She worked 2 miles from my house & never even knew such a family treasure existed. These things amaze me. Any other direction I can go for more info?